In a press conference that seemed more like a pep rally for next season, the University of Arkansas formally announced Mike Anderson’s return to Fayetteville and to the sidelines of the Razorback men’s basketball team.
An estimated 5,000 fans filled the home-side stands of Bud Walton Arena Saturday morning to help Chancellor David Gearhart and Athletic Director Jeff Long welcome Anderson as the new head coach.
Anderson, who spent 17 seasons at Arkansas as an assistant coach to Nolan Richardson, said he is happy to be “back home.” He had been the coach at Missouri since 2006.
“I’m excited and I’m overwhelmed,” said Anderson. “And I’m looking forward to leading the Razorbacks back to the top.”
In between game-volume cheers and spontaneous Hog Calls from the crowd, Anderson promised to bring an exciting brand of basketball back to the program.
“But most importantly, we’re going to play winning basketball,” said Anderson.
“It’s time to fill this place up,” he told the crowd. “You better get your tickets now.”