FAYETTEVILLE — Mike Anderson has been dismissed as the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Arkansas, vice chancellor and director of athletics Hunter Yurachek announced Tuesday.
“After a review of the program, including an analysis of the past eight years and a look forward, I have made a decision that a change in leadership will best position our men’s basketball program for future success,” Yurachek said in a statement. “In the past eight seasons, we have won a number of games and have made appearances in both the NIT and the NCAA Tournaments. However, in my evaluation, we have not sustained a consistent level of success against the most competitive teams in the nation to enable us to compete for SEC and NCAA Championships on an annual basis. That will continue to be the benchmark for our success throughout our athletic program.”
Anderson was 18-16 in the 2018-19 season and led the Hogs to the second round of the NIT. Arkansas made the postseason five times in his eight seasons with three NCAA Tournament berths and two NIT appearances.
Yurachek says the program is conducting a national search for the next head men’s basketball, who will be the 13th in program history.
Said Yurachek: “With our great history and tradition, a loyal fan base and a fully supported program within the SEC, I am confident that we will identify a leader that will elevate our men’s basketball program to a nationally competitive level on an annual basis.”
In the interim, associate head coach Melvin Watkins will serve as a lead in team related matters until a new head coach is hired.