Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Richardson says he's no longer a candidate for ASU job
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Nolan Richardson said he's no longer a
candidate to become the basketball coach at Arkansas State.
"There were some things that weren't able to fit," Richardson
Richardson has been out of college coaching since 2002, when he
was fired by Arkansas. He said last week he was talking to Arkansas
State, which has had an opening since Dickey Nutt resigned Feb. 19.
Richardson said he and Arkansas State decided to move in
different directions. He made it clear Tuesday that he's still
interested in coaching -- but only in the right situation.
"I've got all the fire in the world in my belly," the
66-year-old former Tulsa coach said. "I'm looking for that fit."
Richardson's recent coaching experience includes a pair of
stints at the international level, coaching national teams from
Panama and Mexico.
Richardson coached Arkansas to a national championship in 1994,
but was fired in 2002. He later lost a discrimination lawsuit
against the school.
Richardson has stayed in the Fayetteville area and has been
supportive of Stan Heath and John Pelphrey, the coaches who
Arkansas State does not have the same statewide following as the
Razorbacks, but Richardson said last week he believed the program
had the potential to attract support.