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Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson
This merry-go-round begins with the ouster of John Pelphrey at Arkansas. The Kentucky grad was fired after four seasons in Fayetteville.
Pelphrey’s replacement is former Missouri head coach Mike Anderson, who makes a triumphant return to a Razorback program for whom he was an assistant under Nolan Richardson. Anderson recorded 111 wins in five seasons in Columbia.
The Missouri void was quickly filled by Frank Haith, who left Miami for greener pastures in the Big 12. Haith leaves a Hurricane program that went under investigation for recruiting violations shortly after his departure. The Canes finished with a pedestrian record of 129-101 under Haith’s seven year reign.
Inheriting the Miami mess is long-time George Mason skipper Jim Larranaga, who led the Patriots to five NCAA tournament appearances in 14 years including a memorable Final Four run in 2006.
After losing their head man to the ACC, Mason balanced the ledger with the selection of former Georgia Tech head coach Paul Hewitt. Hewitt was fired after 11 seasons with the Yellow Jackets, posting a 93-94 record in his final six seasons after taking the Ramblin’ Wreck to the title game in 2004.
Taking the reins in Atlanta will be Dayton’s Brian Gregory, who migrates south after eight seasons in southwest Ohio. Gregory brought the Flyers to the NCAA tournament twice during his tenure and won an NIT championship in 2010.
Gregory’s back-fill is Archie Miller, who had been an assistant at Arizona under his older brother, Sean.