Women's College Basketball

 
            === Arkansas tabs Jimmy Dykes as women's hoops coach ===
 
 Fayetteville,  AR  (SportsNetwork.com) -  The University of Arkansas announced
 the  hiring of  former ESPN analyst Jimmy Dykes as its head women's basketball
 coach on Sunday.
 
 Dykes, a graduate of Arkansas and three-year letterman on the basketball team,
 was  named the eighth head women's coach in Razorback history and replaces Tom
 Collen, who was relieved of his duties Friday after seven seasons at the helm.
 
 "After  meeting with  him and discussing our  program, it was clear to me that
 Jimmy  Dykes  is not only the  best leader for our women's basketball program,
 but  also  the best coach  for the  student-athletes in our program," Arkansas
 director  of athletics Jeff  Long said in a statement. "I have known Jimmy for
 many  years but  learned of his passion  and commitment to his alma mater, the
 University  of  Arkansas, when I  arrived on campus. Jimmy's coaching pedigree
 working  with some  of the  best coaches  in the  business, combined  with his
 ability to teach the game of basketball, made him the clear choice as the head
 women's basketball coach at the University of Arkansas."
 
 It's  the  first head  coaching job  at the college  level for the 52-year-old
 Dykes,  who served  under  legendary coach  Eddie Sutton  as  an assistant  at
 Arkansas (1984-85), Kentucky (1987-89) and Oklahoma State (1990-91).
 
 Dykes  also  served as a college  scout for the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics from
 1991-93 before joining ESPN, where he worked for nearly 20 years as a game and
 studio analyst for men's and women's college basketball among other duties.
 
 Dykes  takes  over an  Arkansas squad  that posted a  19-11 record in 2013-14,
 culminating  in  a loss  to 14th-seeded Ole  Miss in the  opening round of the
 Southeastern Conference Tournament.
 
 03/30 12:23:52 ET

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