LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Arkansas fired basketball coach
Stan Heath after a loss in the first round of the NCAA tournament for the second straight year.
The Razorbacks made the NCAA tournament thanks to a late-season run, but that wasn't enough to save Heath's job. Arkansas lost to Southern California 77-to-60.
Heath met with reporters in Fayetteville shortly after the announcement -- saying he's a little surprised, but in this business and universities have the right to make decisions.
After Heath led Kent State to the round of eight in the NCAA
tournament in 2002, he took over at Arkansas that offseason after
Nolan Richardson was fired.
As for a replacement, speculation has centered around Texas A&M coach Billy Gillispie, but Arkansas said it won't comment publicly on potential candidates. An Aggie spokesman says Gillispie would have no comment on the Arkansas job.