*****UPDATE***** It has been officially announced that Richardson has been selected for induction into the Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Richardson from all of us at Arkansas Fight.
Eddie Sutton was also a finalist but did not receive enough votes for induction
The official announcement has been scheduled for Monday, but word is starting to leak on who has been selected for this year's class of inductees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and Marc Spears is reporting that Richardson made the cut.
The brief bio supplied by the Hall of Fame seems insufficient to fully describe Richardson's career, but here it is: The 1994 Naismith and NABC Coach of the Year, Richardson led the University of Arkansas to the 1994 National Championship and to three Final Four appearances (1990, 1994, 1995). Richardson is an enshrinee in the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and the Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. He was the 1998 SEC Coach of the Year and led Tulsa to an NIT championship in 1981 and Western Texas to a NJCCA national championship in 1980. Richardson compiled a collegiate coaching record of 509-207 (.711).
Others expected to join Richardson as the Hall of Fame Class of 2014 include former NBA stars Alonzo Mourning and Mitch Richmond, as well as now-former commissioner (so weird to type that) David Stern.
We have not yet heard word on whether fellow former Arkansas coach and Hall of Fame finalist Eddie Sutton has been selected.
The induction ceremonies will take place in Springfield, Massachusetts at the Hall of Fame on August 8th. Tickets on sale now!