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Evans returns to SEC as assistant at Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Rob Evans, a former head coach at
Mississippi and Arizona State, has joined the Arkansas basketball
staff as an assistant to John Pelphrey, hired this month from South
Alabama.

Evans, with 38 years of college experience, was fired from
Arizona State last year after an 11-17 season. The 60-year-old
coach had a 119-120 record while coaching the Sun Devils from
1999-2006. His final team led the Pac-10 in 3-point shooting
(.378) and lost four games by four points or less, with another
loss in overtime.

At Ole Miss from 1993-1998, Evans led the school to consecutive
SEC Western Division titles and NCAA Tournament bids. He took over
a program that had had just one winning season in the previous nine
seasons and only one NCAA Tournament bid in its history.

In 1997, he was named SEC Coach of the Year. In 1998, the Rebels
beat Kentucky in Lexington for the first time since 1927.

Six of his 14 teams as head coach earned post-season tournament
bids.

The Hobbs, N.M., native served as an assistant to Eddie Sutton
at Oklahoma State in 1991 and 1992 after spending 15 years as an
assistant at Texas Tech and seven at New Mexico State, his alma
mater.

Evans also played baseball and football and was drafted out of
high school by the Colt 45s, which eventually became the Houston
Astros.

Following college, he signed as a free agent with the Dallas
Chaparrals of the American Basketball Association and with the
Oakland Raiders as a receiver.