WASHINGTON, D.C., -- The speculation is nothing new. Mike Anderson has long been a desired choice by Arkansas Razorbacks fans to return to Fayetteville. It's just magnified by the firing of John Pelphrey.
Missouri Tigers Head Coach Mike Anderson's name has been listed by nearly everybody, except Arkansas athletics director Jeff Long. Last week, former mentor Nolan Richardson gave him a thumbs-up to return. The two coached together at Arkansas from 1985-2002, leading the Hogs to a 1994 NCAA National Championship and three trips to the Final Four in six seasons.
The question is whether Anderson is ready to make a move.
Hawgs Illustrated writer Dudley Dawson tweeted:
"For the first time in a long time, I believe that there is 'legitimate' interest on both sides of the equation Mike Anderson = Arkansas."
Anderson talked to the Columbia Tribune's David Briggs and Steve Walentik:
"I don't deal with rumors. Again, that's a rumor, and I thought I'd dealt with that already. I'm excited about what's taking place at Missouri and I plan on being at Missouri. That's the bottom line."