After two years on the hill, Arkansas assistant coach Corey Williams heads to Texas Tech to train with new Red Raider head coach Mark Adams. Eric Musselman confirmed the news, first announced by Jeff Goodman, during his press conference after the extension.
“Corey is amazing,” Musselman said. “Sometimes new opportunities arise and you see this as a new challenge, so we would expect him to take on another job and we will miss him because he was certainly part of our family.”
Williams was a senior coach at Stetson for six years before joining Musselman as part of his first staff in Arkansas, and the assistant was a leading recruiter for most of Hogs’ recruits.
The former NBA second round pick helped Arkansas reach Elite 8 in its second season and helped compile a roster of almost all new faces.
Musselman will have to play the role before the end of May, and he didn̵
“I think you always look inside first, and Earl Boykins is on staff,” Musselman said. “He’s a man who would certainly be a great coach in college. Coach (Anthony) Ruth, you know he’s on staff. You know, even some of the guys in the background. Hayes Myers has been with us for a long time. Pat Ackermann and Michael Musselman, all these guys aspire to be coaches, so I think in the beginning take a deep breath and look in. And then I have a list of really just a few people that you always have behind your mind, if there is any change. “
Boykins, currently director of student and athlete development, trained at Douglas County High School after his career in the NBA, and Ruth, the team’s director, was previously Musselman’s assistant coach in Nevada for two seasons.
Head Hog now had to replace one of his assistants after his first year, filling the role of Chris Crutchfield as assistant head coach with David Patrick. Although the job has since been filled, it is rumored that Patrick has been in line for a UTEP head coach over the past week.
“There was a lot of interest in a lot of our staff, which is a great thing,” Musselman said. “It’s a great example when you win how everyone benefits, so you know we’ll just take our time, but we’ll move on as quickly as possible with full staff.”
The Razorbacks have already filled all but one open space for next season, so the level of urgency is not extremely high at the moment, but Musselman is also not a person to deal with anything.
“The season is over. I worked on weekends. I will continue to be the leading recruiter for the portal. Probably always will be.
“We have finals ahead of us and we won’t have our players do anything on the basketball court until the finals come. And then obviously they’ll get some rest and then we come back around May 24.”
Also very important in his chronology is the off-season, Musselman wants to take his wife and family on vacation after months of work that has extended him to 2026.
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