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Q&A with a Razorback Coach: John Pelphrey

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Q&A with a Razorback Coach: John Pelphrey

By Kyle VrskaArkansas Media RelationsBeginning his third season as the head men’s basketball coach John Pelphrey likes what he has seen this fall and hopes that a team of young talent and experience can carry the Razorbacks to the prominence of old. Since taking over the Arkansas program, Pelphrey has guided his team to one NCAA Tournament berth and wins over two top 10-ranked teams.In Arkansas’ 2009-10 season opener, Pelphrey coached his team to a convincing 130-68 win over the Alcorn State Braves. Sophomore Rotnei Clarke set a school record for points in a game with 51 and set a school and conference record with 13 three pointers. With one of the most demanding schedules in school history ahead, Pelphrey must keep Arkansas on task in order to make a return to the NCAA Tournament.MR: What was your biggest draw to the Razorback program?JP: The fact that I had a chance to play against and coach against the Razorbacks. Growing up and being coached by Eddie Sutton and seeing the passion of the fan base drew me to the program. The success of the program in the past and the fact that the fans really care about what goes on here were also high points.MR: What do you enjoy most about the Razorback Fans?JP: I really identify with their passion for the school. I love that they wake up every single day very, very passionate about what they do for a living and what is going on at the University of Arkansas. Everything else is a distant second. MR: What team accomplishment outside of the arena are you most proud of?JP: Having an opportunity to start a foundation [Pel’s Pals] and to do some good things with it. Helping other people and being a part of this community and being a part of the state has really meant a lot to me.MR: What is your favorite element about basketball and why?JP: I love the competition. I like to compete and if there wasn’t that element, I’d miss it.MR: You’re a big Twitter guy, which of your tweets has elicited the most responses?JP: (Laughing) It may have been when I mentioned that I’m a Yankees fan. That got a lot of people’s attention real quick. It was either that or the night that we passed out pizza.MR: What are your hobbies outside of basketball?JP: I spend a lot of time with my family. My kids are 12 and nine, and if I’m not on the court, I’m with them. In the summer, I enjoy playing golf.MR: What is your handicap out on the course?JP: (Laughing) It depends. Right now, it’s pretty good. When spring rolls back around, it won’t be very good. I’m anywhere from an eight to a 15.MR: What is the highlight of your golfing career?JP: I birdied the 12th hole at Augusta National the first time I ever played it. I played several rounds with Coach Broyles there. I also birdied the 18th hole, so those two holes are pretty memorable.



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