Nolan Richardson Selected To Naismith Hall of Fame

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Twenty years after leading the Arkansas Razorbacks to their only basketball national championship, former coach Nolan Richardson was selected to the Naismith Hall of Fame.

Richardson led Arkansas to the 1994 NCAA national championship and three Final Four appearances. The Razorbacks lost to UCLA in the title game the following season. Richardson is the winningest coach in Razorbacks history, compiling a 390-170 record over 17 seasons.

The long time coach reached the NCAA tournament 16 times in his 22 year coaching career and won more than 71 percent of his games (509-207). Richardson won nine regular season conference championships and six conference tournament titles.

Richardson was fired after a very public dispute in the 2002 season. He then filed, and lost, a law suit against the university claiming racial discrimination.

Richardson is also a member of the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

Richardson led Tulsa to the NIT title in one of his five seasons with the Golden Hurricane before taking over in Fayetteville. He was 119-37 at Tulsa.

Former Georgetown and NBA great Alonzo Mourning, Mitch Richmond and former Maryland coach Gary Williams were also selected for the 2014 class.

1 Comment

  • soonerfan

    2002 was a rough year for Coach Nolan . He was very out spoken on some things but you can not take away his ability to coach. He deserves to be there. After all how many coaches can say they have won both the Jr. College and Major College National Championship? He was a Great Coach for the Razorbacks.

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