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Arkansas Basketball Officially Announces New Head Coach

Arkansas cheerleaders performing during a game.

GREENVILLE, SC - MARCH 17: Arkansas Razorbacks cheerleaders perform in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 17, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

After letting go of Mike Anderson just over a week ago, the Arkansas basketball team has a new head coach. With hopes of returning to the NCAA Tournament next year, the Razorbacks have tapped a candidate with both NCAA and NBA coaching experience.

On Sunday, the Arkansas Razorbacks announced via Twitter that they had officially signed Eric Musselman as their new head coach. Musselman joins Arkansas following a four-year stint as head coach of the Nevada Wolf Pack.

In four years at Nevada, Musselman went 110-34, winning three Mountain West regular season titles and one Mountain West tournament title. Musselman led the Wolf Pack to a CBI title in 2016, and to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in 2018.

Musselman also previously served as head coach of the Golden State Warriors (2002-04) and the Sacramento Kings (2006-07).

In addition to his NBA and NCAA coaching experience Musselman has coached multiple national, semi-pro, and lower tier basketball teams.

Musselman joins an Arkansas team that missed the NCAA Tournament this past year. Head coach Mike Anderson was fired following a Second Round exit in the NIT.

Arkansas has not been a major force in college basketball since the late-1990s, and last made the Sweet 16 in 1996.

Restoring the Razorbacks to dominance would be a tough task for almost any coach, but maybe Musselman has the skills to do it.