Arkansas Nearing Deal with Nevada Head Coach Eric Musselman

Arkansas Nearing Deal with Nevada Head Coach Eric Musselman

Arkansas Nearing Deal with Nevada Head Coach Eric Musselman

Musselman does have a bit of SEC coaching experience, as he was associate head coach at LSU for one season (2014-15) before taking the job at Nevada. He led the Wolf Pack to the NCAA Tournament in each of the past three seasons and won 110 games during his time at Nevada.

Musselman guided the team to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament the past three years.

Musselman, the son of longtime National Basketball Association and college coach Bill Musselman, has also been an National Basketball Association head coach twice. He previously was the head coach of the Golden State Warriors (2002-04) and Sacramento Kings (2006-07).

Arkansas' athletic director announced the hiring of Musselman.

Musselman replaces Mike Anderson, who was sacked March 26 after eight seasons. In contrast, Musselman has played in the Big Dance the past three seasons.

"I want to thank Eric Musselman for four thrilling seasons with the Wolf Pack and for elevating the Nevada men's basketball program to the top of the Mountain West Conference".

Unless Smith signs a new deal (which is very possible after a huge first year), his base salary will be $675,000 for 2019-20, or much less than Musselman's $1-million base salary for last year.

Musselman will be formally introduced at an event open to the public Monday at 3 p.m. inside Bud Walton Arena.

Jeff Goodman, a basketball analyst at Stadium, tweeted about the negotiations Arkansas was having with Musselman and summed up his tweet about the successful coach with confirmation of Musselman as the next head coach for the Razorbacks.

"I am appreciative of the professional manner in which Hunter Yurachek conducted the search and am grateful for the support of Chancellor [Joe] Steinmetz and all of those affiliated with the University of Arkansas". His team made it to the Sweet Sixteen during the 2017-18 season. He also served as an Assistant Coach with the Atlanta Hawks from 2000-02.

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