Arkansas to hire Nevada's Musselman as next head coach

Arkansas to hire Nevada's Musselman as next head coach

Nevada coach Eric Musselman yells instructions during the first half of a first round men's college basketball game against Florida in the NCAA Tournament, in Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday, March 21, 2019.

Musselman has served as the head coach of the University of Nevada's men's basketball team since 2015, going 110-34 in those four years. After reaching the Sweet 16 a year ago, the Wolfpack won 29 games again this past season but bowed out in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Musselman's father, the late Bill Musselman, is the former coach of the Cavaliers (1980-82), as well the first coach in Minnesota Timberwolves history (1989-91).

"Eric Musselman is a coach that has had experience at every level of basketball from the NCAA to the NBA", Arkansas athletic director Hunter Yurachek said in a statement Sunday. He replaces Mike Anderson, who was sacked after the season.

Arkansas will pay Musselman $2.5 million per season and gave their new coach a five year contract that is laced with incentives.

Musselman, 54, spent the last four seasons at Nevada. In contrast, Musselman has played in the Big Dance the past three seasons. "The opportunity to be a part of the rich tradition of Razorback Basketball and to experience the passion of the Razorback fans is something that I am very much looking forward to".

Musselman has been a rumored candidate for other job openings, so based on that he's a good get for Arkansas.

He will be tasked with leading the Razorbacks back to the top of what has become an increasingly competitive SEC, with seven teams making the tournament this season. Either way, he'll now be the head coach of the Razorbacks after four years at Nevada.

The next season Musselman joined his father, Bill, as an assistant coach in the National Basketball Association with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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