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Arkansas close to naming Anderson its next coach


Missouri coach Mike Anderson is close to reaching an agreement in principle to become Arkansas' men's basketball coach, but a deal has not been finalized and no formal introduction is planned for Sunday, a source close to the Arkansas program told CBSSports.com late Saturday.

An attempt to reach Anderson late Saturday was unsuccessful.

The source said there are still things to work out despite a television report suggesting otherwise, but that barring a breakdown it appears Anderson will ultimately leave Missouri for Arkansas -- the place where he assisted Nolan Richardson for 17 seasons before landing his first head coaching job at UAB. Anderson has been at Missouri five seasons. He made the NCAA tournament each of the past three years. His Tigers lost to Cincinnati in the Round of 64 on Thursday.

Arkansas is looking for a coach because it fired John Pelphrey last Sunday.

Pelphrey made one NCAA tournament in four years.

Gary Parrish is a senior college basketball columnist for CBSSports.com and frequent contributor to the CBS Sports Network. The Mississippi native also hosts the highest-rated sports talk radio show -- The Gary Parrish Show -- in the history of Memphis. He lives in that area with his wife, two children and a dog.

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