Nine years ago, the proverbial "turds and a$$holes" won and pushed out the most successful coach in Razorback athletics history not named John McDonnell. Nolan was out after ushering in a 17-year era of unprecedented heights for the University of Arkansas' basketball program.
And in the seasons since, we have all suffered thanks to this massive blunder made by the UA athletic department, some racist cronies on the Board of Trustees, and the fan mob on the Internet and talk shows that spewed its venom toward Nolan and pushed the fire-Nolan campaign until they claimed victory.
Turns out, nine years later after terrible basketball and two coaches, the anti-Nolan crowd actually lost.
A funny thing happened in the last year as the fans soured on yet another Nolan successor: They started to clamor for Mike Anderson as the next coach.
Mike Anderson? The same guy none of these people wanted anything to do with nine years ago when he was the UA's interim basketball coach and desperately wanted the job in spite of everything that was done to his mentor and great friend? The same guy who was passed over yet again when Stan Heath (the guy heralded for emphasizing rebounding, as if that equaled points) got the boot?
Former LSU coach Dale Brown put it best -- what happened to Nolan Richardson at Arkansas was a crime.
Now the same people responsible for that crime are acting like nothing ever happened, and they want Anderson to come in and restore the program to the glory years of -- and here's the punchline -- the Nolan era.
Arkansas Razorback fans don't deserve Mike Anderson after what they did to Nolan.
The Razorback fans who were anti-Nolan and now pro-Anderson are hypocrites. The new talking point from this crowd is that Anderson needed nine years away to establish his own identity. That's just an easy thing to say to rationalize why they were against this hire twice in the last nine years without admitting how wrong they were -- about everything.
All these people really care about is winning after realizing the last nine years were a monumental mistake (just like Pelphrey disciplining players is great until it results in losses, then Pelphrey is suddenly too hard on his players). An apology and a giving of alms from all involved would be more appropriate.
So what does the Mike Anderson hire prove?
It proves they were wrong about firing Nolan.
The Anderson hiring is a victory for all those who stood by Richardson -- and a bitter defeat for those who reveled in firing a coach who brought them the best years of Razorback basketball in the their lives.
It also proves Razorback basketball is finally back.
Now please return the slobbering Hog to its rightful place at center court.
-- Rey Pygsterio