Womens basketball

Mike Neighbors new Arkansas womens coach

Washington coach Mike Neighbors has been hired as the women's basketball coach at Arkansas.

Neighbors succeeds Jimmy Dykes, who was let go by the school last month. He joins an Arkansas team that was 13-17 this season.

Neighbors took over at Washington in 2013 and compiled a 98-41 record at Washington, which included three NCAA tournaments, two Sweet 16 trips and one Final Four appearance this past season.

He is an Arkansas native. "It's more than a dream,"╩Neighbors wrote in an essay╩released by Arkansas. "A lot of the time, things like this don't live up to the expectations that you establish in your dreams. This will exceed it."

However, returning home won't be cheap for the 47-year-old Greenwood, Arkansas native. Neighbors must pay Washington $1 million, per conditions of a buyout clause he signed last year. His contract paid him $290,004 annually and was set to expire after the 2022-23 season.


April 3, 2017