MOBILE, Ala. – Arkansas Coach John Pelphrey wouldn’t complain if he was still a Florida assistant for Billy Donovan.
“I could have stayed at Florida another 10 years and worked for Billy,” Pelphrey said. “I care about him that much. I enjoyed Florida that much.”
Pelphrey said he didn’t leave Florida in the spring of 2003 after six seasons simply to be a head coach.
“I wasn’t going to just run at every opportunity,” he said. “I thought if I was ever going to go, that I needed to be able to trust who I worked for. I knew I wasn’t going to trust my fa m i ly with just anybody.”
Pelphrey said he wanted to work at a school that had been successful in the past and where he knew if he worked hard and brought in good players, he’d be successful, too. [read more]