Arkansas to consider naming basketball court after title-winning coach Nolan Richardson
Nolan Richardson led the Arkansas men’s basketball team to the 1994 national championship, beating Duke in the title game.
He went on to coach the team until the 2001-02 season, when he was unceremoniously fired. He sued the Arkansas Board of Trustees and the Razorback Foundation for discrimination after that.
If not for the lawsuit, there’s a good chance the basketball court at Bud Walton Arena would already be named after Richardson. However, the situation could soon be rectified, as the trustees will vote on a measure to name the court after Richardson later this month (via a release from the school):
“Coach Nolan Richardson led the Razorbacks to 13 NCAA Tournaments, including back-to-back Final Fours and the 1994 National Championship, as well as multiple conference and conference tournament championships,” Arkansas vice chancellor and director of athletics Hunter Yurachek stated in a release. “Just this past weekend during our 25th anniversary celebration of the NCAA title, I had the opportunity to witness the tremendous passion, excitement and affection Coach Richardson engenders among our former players, coaches and fans. And while I know many anticipated that we would utilize the anniversary of that championship to recognize Coach Richardson, his legacy is much larger than a single team or a single championship. We wanted all of his players, assistant coaches, staff members and Razorback fans to have an opportunity to join us next season as we formally dedicate Nolan Richardson Court.”
Richardson finished his time at Arkansas with a record of 389-169 over 17 seasons in Fayetteville. He led the Hogs to three Final Fours, winning one title.
The meeting to decide on the renaming of the court will take place March 27-28.