Pelphrey to take Arkansas job

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A South Alabama athletic department official says Arkansas has hired South Alabama's John Pelphrey as
its new basketball coach Monday.

The official spoke with The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity pending Arkansas' announcement at an afternoon news conference.

The Razorbacks have been without a coach since Stan Heath was fired March 26. They hired Dana Altman last Monday, but Altman changed his mind and returned to Creighton the next day.

Athletic directors Frank Broyles of Arkansas and Joe Gottfried of South Alabama did not immediately return calls from the AP.

The hiring was first reported Sunday by and CBS, citing unidentified sources.

Altman's startling reversal led Arkansas to enlist a search firm to help find a coach. Arkansas eyed Billy Gillispie, who later left Texas A&M to take over at Kentucky. The Razorbacks also received permission to talk to Memphis coach John Calipari.

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