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Marc 03-01-2002 09:40 PM

Richardson leaves Arkansas after tirade

Arkansas buys out Richardson for $3 million,00.html
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas bought out Nolan Richardson's contract for $3 million Friday, capping a week in which the outspoken coach complained he was treated differently because he is black.

Richardson won the national championship in 1994, took Arkansas to the title game the next year and led the Razorbacks into the postseason 15 of the last 16 seasons. But they are 13-14 this season and could miss the postseason for the first time since his first year at Arkansas in 1985.

Richardson had no comment and referred questions to Little Rock civil rights attorney John Walker, whom he hired this week.

"We believe it's time for a change in leadership for the best interests of the basketball program," said athletic director Frank Broyles.

Arkansas had the option of buying out Richardson's contract for $500,000 for each of the remaining six years of his seven-year pact. Sports information director Kevin Trainor said a clause would allow the school to stop paying Richardson if he took a job with another school.

The announcement followed two days of talks between Richardson and the university, including a session Friday with two lawyers for the school and the coach's lawyer and agent.
Do you guys realize Richardson is the only active coach to have one an NIT, national championship, and JUCO championship as a coach? He had some great teams that I remember vividly as a UK fan in the early '90s that we had to play against. You remember those teams that caused you to play "40 minutes of HELL"? With their pressing and frantic play, it was certainly accurate of their style.

I can't believe some of the remarks he said, though - it was as if he was releasing years of frustration and anger at the press at once. Still shocked... will he coach somewhere else now?

Marc 03-03-2002 02:00 PM

This week's "Say What?":

"The greatest thing the University of Arkansas has going for it is Nolan Richardson. ... all the key football players talk to Nolan Richardson. Why? ... Anybody know? ... I guess not. ... I've earned the right to have the type of season I've had. ... When I look at all your people in this room, I see no one (who) looks like me, talks like me, acts like me. ... My practices are closed to the media ... you can run that on every TV show in America."

- Nolan Richardson


Richard the Lionheart 03-03-2002 08:04 PM

He's an idiot.

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