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ESPN college basketball analyst Jimmy Dykes named Arkansas women’s head coach

Mar 30, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT

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One of the more recognizable college basketball analysts will make a return to the sidelines for the 2014-2015 season.

On Sunday evening, ESPN college basketball analyst, Jimmy Dykes, will be introduced as the new Arkansas women’s head coach. An introductory press conference will be held at Bud Walton Arena at 6:30 p.m.

Dykes will replace Tom Collen, who coached the team for seven seasons.

“After meeting with him and discussing our program, it was clear to me that Jimmy Dykes is not only the best leader for our women’s basketball program, but also the best Coach for the student-athletes in our program,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said in a statement. “I have known Jimmy for many years but learned of his passion and commitment to his alma mater, the University of Arkansas, when I arrived on campus.

“I have always respected his tremendous basketball knowledge and his understanding of the game, but as I got to know Jimmy better, l became aware of his strong coaching background including his tenures at some of the nation’s top college basketball programs. Jimmy’s coaching pedigree working with some of the best coaches in the business, combined with his ability to teach the game of basketball, made him the clear choice as the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Arkansas.”

This will be the first time Dykes serves as a women’s coach in his career. Before joining ESPN, he was part of coaching staffs at Sacramento State, Appalachian State University, Arkansas-Little Rock, Kentucky and Oklahoma State. His coaching career began at Arkansas, his alma mater, as an assistant under Eddie Sutton.

Arkansas finished 19-11 (6-10 SEC) this season.

  1. ballin99999 - Mar 30, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Fitting name for a women’s basketball coach

  2. fnc111 - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    +1 ballin


    Espn must not pay him well. What a crappy job to take.

  3. irishdodger - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    He’ll be a good salesman & coach for the LadyBacks. As AD at Shiloh Christian, he hired Gus Malzahn as their HS FB coach.

  4. ballin99999 - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    9 thumbs down? People are so sensitive these days. Some of you folks need to grow a pair honestly.

  5. chumthumper - Mar 31, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Hope he doesn’t have a Dana Altman moment the during the announcement presser. When they get that Sooooooo-weeeeeeeee Pig going, he may have second thoughts.

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