FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas reaches two milestones Monday — its contract with fired basketball coach Nolan Richardson ends and the chancellor who helped show him the door is stepping down after 11 years at the Fayetteville campus.
“We need to let the healing begin,” said Chancellor John White, who said he was not aware his retirement date coincided with the last day on Richardson’s buyout agreement.
White and then-Athletic Director Frank Broyles fired Richardson on March 1, 2002, after the coach said he would leave if the school would buy out his contract. With the dismissal, the Razorbacks’ fundraising arm was obligated to pay Richardson $500,000 a year through June 30, 2008.
White said he has encouraged Broyles’ replacement, Jeff Long, to develop a relationship with Richardson, and said current Arkansas coach John Pelphrey should do the same. With Broyles’ retirement last winter and White’s departure this summer, it might be easier, White said. [read more]