February 10th, 2011 12:07 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Arkansas
Tags: John Pelphrey, Matt Jones, recruiting, UA
If you read this site with regularity, you know that we believe fans have the ultimate control over coaches’ fates. If fans by tickets for a losing program, a coach with a bad record can survive. If fans stop supporting a winning program, a coach with a good record can get the boot. Just ask ACC Coach of the Year Ralph Friedgen who was shown the door at Maryland this year.
Well the fans are weighing in on John Pelphrey’s situation at Arkansas and the results aren’t good for the Razorbacks’ coach. Fans aren’t buying tickets to games. Fans aren’t coming to games. The once raucus Bud Walton Arena is now running at about 60% capacity and that’s the “tickets sold” count.
Matt Jones of The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette believes the Razorbacks will lose as much as $2 million this season due to unsold seats. Now toss in the losses brought on by unsold luxury suites, concessions, memorabilia, and even parking spots.
Those are the kinds of numbers that can make an AD who is supportive of his coach… fire his coach. In the end, Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long is running a business. As much as he wants Pelphrey to get the chance to coach his incoming, highly-ranked recruiting class, he might still be forced to make a move on UA’s basketball coach for financial reasons.
In the end, the fans always control the show with their wallets. For that reason, Pelphrey had better end the Hogs’ current three-game losing streak and close out the season on a good note.
Time and money are running out.
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