Musselman hopes to complete staff in near future

By: Scottie Bordelon
Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Eric Musselman speaks at a press conference after his introduction as the new head coach of men's basketball at the University of Arkansas by Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek Monday, April 8, 2019 in Bud Walton Arena on the campus in Fayetteville. During the previous four seasons, Musselman coached the University of Nevada in Reno to a 110-34 record.
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Eric Musselman speaks at a press conference after his introduction as the new head coach of men's basketball at the University of Arkansas by Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek Monday, April 8, 2019 in Bud Walton Arena on the campus in Fayetteville. During the previous four seasons, Musselman coached the University of Nevada in Reno to a 110-34 record.

Eric Musselman provided something of a timeframe this week in regards to when his coaching staff at Arkansas will be complete.

In an interview Monday on the College Hoops Today podcast with Jon Rothstein, college basketball insider for CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated, Musselman said he hoped to have a full staff in line "in the very-near future."

Corey Williams, formerly a head coach at Stetson and a member of the 1993 NBA champion Chicago Bulls, is the only official hire to be made by Musselman since he was hired as the Razorbacks' head coach on April 7. Williams was hired as an assistant coach on April 24.

Williams compiled a 58-133 record in six seasons at Stetson, which finished the 2018-19 season 7-24 overall and 3-13 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. He was fired in March.

Prior to his tenure with the Hatters, Williams served as a student assistant at Oklahoma State from 1993-94, was an assistant coach at Oral Roberts from 2000-2007 and a Florida State assistant coach from 2007-13 under Leonard Hamilton.

Musselman added that he has made hires to his support staff, which he said have been helpful in his transition from Nevada, where he spent the previous four seasons.

Anthony Ruta and Hays Myers, an assistant coach and director of player development, respectively, under Musselman at Nevada, have been working with Musselman in Fayetteville and on recruiting trips. Their job titles are not known.

"We want to make the right decisions, and we want them to be longterm decisions as well," Musselman said. "We have really, really done a tremendous amount of research on coaches whether it be in the area, we’ve looked at guys who have a lot of experience, we’ve looked at guys with some younger experience that might be hungry."

Throughout the process of trying to nail down his staff, Musselman said he has aimed to exercise a good deal of patience.

"We just want to make sure, especially right now ... players are done with finals and are on break right now," he said. "There’s no recruiting really going on once the next 24-48 hours hits, and we have a little bit of a dead period as well.

"So, for all of those reasons, we want to have great patience and make the right decision."

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