Arkansas fires Mike Anderson after eight seasons

Arkansas has fired head basketball coach Mike Anderson.

The UA announced the move in a press release issued late on Tuesday.

From the press release:

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 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.

During his tenure with our program, Mike Anderson has represented the University of Arkansas in a first-class manner and with the highest level of integrity on and off the floor. We are grateful for Coach Anderson’s many contributions to our program and most of all for his investment in the lives of the many student-athletes he has coached. He has been a positive influence on their lives, encouraged them and supported them on, both their individual and collective, academic and athletic journeys. We wish Mike, his wife Marcheita and the entire Anderson family the very best.

Anderson compiled a 169-102 record as Razorbacks head coach, and is 369-200 in his career as a head coach. Anderson was also on staff as an assistant coach of the Hogs for 17 seasons under legendary head Coach Nolan Richardson, and was Richardson’s lead assistant on the 1994 National Championship Team.

He is one of only four active coaches to coach for more than 15 seasons, and never suffer a losing record.