University of Arkansas Finalizes Deal With Eric Musselman to be Razorbacks’ New Basketball Coach

Nevada head coach Eric Musselman works the sidelines against Fresno State in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Reno, Nev., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Tom R. Smedes)

Eric Musselman, who led Nevada to the NCAA Tournament the last three seasons, is University of Arkansas Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek’s choice to be the Razorbacks’ new basketball coach.

Yurachek and Musselman finalized an agreement Sunday afternoon for Musselman to take the Arkansas job. Yurachek announced the hire in a tweet.

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

Musselman’s agreement is for five years and he will be paid $2.5 million before incentives. His contract will automatically extend by one season and he will earn a $100,000 raise if his team plays in the NCAA Tournament.

Musselman, 54, is replacing Mike Anderson, who was fired on March 26 by Yurachek after eight seasons and a 169-102 record with three NCAA Tournament appearances in 2015, 2017 and 2018.

Arkansas will be Musselman’s second college head coaching position, but he has extensive experience in the professional ranks, including a combined three seasons as an NBA head coach with Golden State and Sacramento.

“Eric Musselman is a coach that has had experience at every level of basketball from the NCAA to the NBA,” Yurachek said in a news release. “He was practically born into the game and his passion for basketball is unmistakable.

“He has been successful throughout his career, including the remarkable job he did in returning the University of Nevada into a perennial NCAA Tournament team.

“Coach Musselman is high-energy and possesses an extremely high basketball IQ. He has a great attention to detail and has structured his programs to develop players individually while building a successful team.”

Musselman had a 110-34 record in four seasons with Nevada, highlighted by a run to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in 2018 when the Wolf Pack beat Texas and Cincinnati before losing to Loyola-Chicago.

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SOURCE: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Bob Holt