In a country exhausted by the news of the Covid-19 outbreak and quarantine, Razorback Men’s Basketball head coach, Eric Musselman, has made headlines and given us a breath of fresh air with the entertainment on social media the past few days.
First of all, we will begin by viewing the video of the #OneRazorback practice Musselman performed by himself.
Sadly, not every person has been thrilled to see the clever antics of the Head Hog. In an apparent subtweet on Wednesday, Tennessee assistant coach, Kim English, took to Twitter expressing his disinterest in marketing a program via social media.
Young Basketball Coaches: Don’t fall prey to the gross social media self promotion and gimmicks that you see from a select few of today’s Head Coaches. Take the old school approach and just wrk your butt off. Perfect your craft, study the game and grind. This foolery will pass— Kim English (@Englishscope24) March 18, 2020
It was never confirmed whether or not the tweet was about Musselman. Timing is everything and it definitely lined up with this being about him.
Fast forward to Friday and Musselman upped the antics by coaching a game by himself in an empty Bud Walton Arena.
What’s wrong with it? Nothing. It provides Arkansas fans with some great entertainment after a season that came to a halt after their victory over Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament. Then, some of the names he has mentioned in the video are of two players that have not made their regular season debuts in the cardinal and white. PF/C Connor Vanover and G J.D. Notae were regular transfers who had to sit out this season due to transfer restrictions with the NCAA. Musselman exclaims after a “block” by Vanover leads to a fast break the other way. On the next defensive possession, Musselman is coaching Notae from the sideline to ““cutoff the pass.” In the practice video, Musselman mentioned Notae during a “dribble drive drill” where they were using their “rocker step.” In Notae’s two seasons at Jacksonville, the guard averaged 15 points per game, six rebounds and three assists. His career high is 40 points in a non conference game versus Florida Memorial in 2018.
After an exhausting week of coaching, Eric Musselman took time to meet with the media after the game. Answering questions by many of the Arkansas media’s finest including Bob Holt, Dudley Dawson, Tom Murphy, Scottie Bordelon, Nikki Chavanelle, Andrew Hutchinson and more. What a show Musselman has put on this week and what a way to showcase himself and the Razorback Basketball program on social media where everyone likely is at this moment of quarantine.
In a time where fans have to turn on WarMachine’s YouTube channel to watch highlights of games from the past, we should appreciate the fresh content and entertaining approach of Coach Musselman. What a gem.