Can the No. 7 choice turn Arkansas hoops around?

Updated: May 30, 2007, 1:08 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- There's nothing but pig love for John Pelphrey right now on the Razorback Club speaking tour. Everywhere the new Arkansas basketball coach goes, pressing the flesh and calling the Hogs, converts follow.

"I practice calling 'em twice a day," Pelphrey says dryly. "I will not be chastised for not knowing how."

He's personable. He's funny. He can good-ol'-boy with the best of them -- and in this state that counts for something.

He was born to coach, and ...

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