Pelphrey's Seat Heats Up
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Pelphrey's Seat Heats Up

Will Lentzalmost 11 years


Article written by:Will LentzWill Lentz

Despite beating Kentucky, locking up a solid recruiting class, and looking like Richie Cunningham, it looks like John Pelphrey’s days as Head Coach in Charge at Arkasnsas may be limited.  Similar to some of the controversy surrounding Tubby in his final years, a razorback fan took out an ad in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that torched the red head from KY.

The ad read:


For all of you who care about the future of Arkansas Razorback Basketball, we urge you to write your concerns and submit them as soon as possible. Please send these letters to the Governor, members of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees, President, Chancellor, and Athletic Director whose names and addresses are listed below. Let’s make this effort one of respect for all parties concerned.

There is quite a bit of evidence that Razorback fans are disturbed by what they see in the present outlook of Arkansas Basketball. This voicing of concerns is not intended to become a name calling contest or an attack upon anyone personally. It is only intended to be a ground-swell expression of bewildered and frustrated basketball supporters, many of whom know a great deal about the way the game should be played. We would like to bring this to the attention of the University’s decision-makers on the future of Arkansas basketball before too much time passes. This expression of your views is very important. Please be a part of it.


Okay, maybe that’s a little shy of ‘torching’ Pelphrey, but whenever a fan takes out an ad in a paper to urge others to get you fired, it’s not a good sign.  To be fair, after a strong start in Arkansas things have rapidly declined for the former Wildcat.  They are currently 7-8  in the SEC and likely going to miss out on a tourney berth, save for a run in the SEC tournament.  But hey, with wins against Kentucky and Vanderbilt this year, he’d probably be getting an extension and a statue erected if he were coaching for Indiana so that’s something.

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