Scotty Thurman to replace Rick Schaeffer as Razorback basketball analyst

Scotty Thurman / Photo courtesy Walt Beazley

Former Razorback great Scotty Thurman will join the Razorback Sports Network as a color commentator during Arkansas men’s basketball games beginning in 2014. Thurman will replace 34-year basketball analyst Rick Schaeffer, and work alongside Chuck Barrett who will handle play-by-play duties for his fifth consecutive season.

Thurman, who has served as Director of Student-Athlete Development for the men’s basketball program for the past four years, will continue as a full-time member of the program.

Schaeffer will remain a part of Razorback football and baseball broadcasts as well as take on an expanded role as a contributor to and the department’s official publication, Inside Razorback Athletics. Schaeffer is part of the football pre-game and post-game shows and also serves as the in-game statistician for the game broadcast.

Schaeffer said he’s enjoyed his time with the basketball program, but said it was time for a change.

“I’m thrilled that Scotty Thurman, a Razorback who I hold in the highest esteem, will now fill that position,” said Schaeffer. “I know Razorback fans will be blessed by his addition to the basketball broadcasts.”

Thurman played for Arkansas from 1993-95 helping lead the Razorbacks to two Final Fours, including the 1994 NCAA Championship and an NCAA runner-up finish in 1995. Thurman hit a clutch three-pointer to seal the win against Duke in the national championship game.

Thurman said he was honored to accept the new role.

“When I think of broadcasters such as Mike Nail, the late, great Paul Eells and Rick Schaeffer, I am truly humbled,” he said. “I am also grateful to Coach Mike Anderson for his continued support, allowing me to be a part of this program and this university in a state which has meant so much to my family and me.”