Nolan Richardson is the first name that many people think of when they hear Arkansas Razorback basketball. He has made the news recently with his new position as the head coach and GM of the WNBA's Tulsa Shock, and with the release of his new book Forty Minutes of Hell.
Doing my daily surfing of all things Arkansas Razorbacks sports I ran across a very interesting article on Nolan Richardson by CBS writer Mike Freeman, on whether Richardson was banned from college basketball.
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As always Richardson gave some very good quotes including the following:
"I'm sure that after what happened to me at the University of Arkansas, I became, in the eyes of the guys who do the hiring and firing in college basketball, an uppity guy," said Richardson.
In a day and age where coaches who are found guilty of sexual harassment, serious NCAA rules violations, DUIs, etc.., Nolan Richardson was never given a second chance following his fall-out with old Arkansas AD Frank Broyles and since replaced school officials.
Personally I have been delighted to see new AD Jeff Long mend fences with Richardson. He now regularly attends Tip-Off Club meetings, and last season he and the National Champion Arkansas Razorbacks were brought home for a Championship Celebration that was long overdue.
Richardson is the only coach in history to win a NCAA National Championship, NIT Championship, and Junior College National Championship. Nolan led the Razorbacks to three Final Fours and the 1994 National Title.
He was also named the 1994 NABC and Naismith Coach of the Year.
During Richardson's illustrious coaching career he has a .711 winning percentage (508-206).
Read Freeman's story, and see if you agree with his take.
Was Richardson blackballed or not?
While you contemplate your answers just take a quick look back at the good 'ol days of "40 Minutes of Hell."
This article was written by Blake Stansbery of Born Hog Wild.
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