Sully Says: It's time for Nolan Richardson court
In 2008, Nolan Richardson was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame. Six years later, Nolan joined basketball's most exclusive fraternity, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
It's now time for the University of Arkansas to make their Hall of Fame coach a permanent part of the building he helped build.
It's been 14 years since Nolan duked it out with the U of A. It was an ugly and unfortunate chapter in our state's history, but so many things have changed since 2003.
Most importantly, the Hogs' Hall of Fame coach is no longer angry. At 76 years old and about 35 pounds lighter, Nolan is not an intimidating figure. In his words, he has taken time to "smell the roses."
He lives in Northwest Arkansas and the Hogs are still his team.
The further we get away from that incredible run by the basketball Hogs in the 90's, the more I appreciate what I believe will be a once in a lifetime period for most Hog fans.
Nolan's Arkansas teams averaged 27 wins per season during the decade of the 1990's. They were the winningest team of the decade until 1997, and their 270 wins from 1990 to 1999 were more than all but four programs in the NCAA.
Few teams in history have won like Nolan's Hogs. They didn't just win, they entertained. The term "40 minutes of Hell" kicks up so many great memories.
His Hogs won a national title.
Nolan Richardson is Razorback royalty and should be treated that way.
Nolan Richardson Court at Bud Walton Arena sounds right, especially now.
Mike Anderson is doing his best to make Razorback basketball "great again." His "Fastest 40" Hogs are playing like it's the 90's. They have broken the 90 point mark in 7 of their 11 games.
Former Razorback Blake Eddins may have put it best in a tweet when he said " with old wounds healed, fences mended & Razorback Basketball feeling more like Hawgball than it has in quite a while. I can’t think of a better time to name the court at Bud Walton Arena"
Nolan and Mike together again on Nolan Richardson court.
I can't wait to see it happen.