Kleine dropped as Arkansas radio analyst

Updated: November 30, 2004, 12:34 PM ET
Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK -- Former NBA player Joe Kleine has been dropped from the broadcast crew of the Arkansas Razorback Sports Network.

A former Razorback, Kleine was replaced by Rick Schaeffer, the school's former sports information director who was radio analyst from the 1970s until the late 1990s.

Schaeffer joins Mike Nail, who is in his 24th year as play-by-play announcer.

The network announced the decision Monday. It didn't say why Kleine was removed. Network sales manager Todd Curtis declined comment.

Kleine, of Little Rock, had started his fifth season as radio analyst. He could not be reached for comment.

"A decision has been made to move in another direction on the radio broadcasts, but we hope that Joe will continue to be a part of our program whether as a television broadcaster or in another capacity," Arkansas Athletic Director Frank Broyles said.

"We are grateful to Joe Kleine for the four years he has contributed to the Arkansas Razorback Sports Network and for the many years he has supported the Razorback program."

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