One fan is so tired of the John Pelphrey era at Arkansas that he paid for a large ad in the sports section of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. In it the fan, who signed the ad as "Y Roberts," called for other fans to contact everyone from school administrators to Gov. Mike Beebe about the matter, according to KSFM-TV.
Here's some text of the ad:
There is quite a bit of evidence that Razorback fans are disturbed by what they see in the present outlook of Arkansas Basketball. This voicing of concerns is not intended to become a name calling contest or an attack upon anyone personally. It is only intended to be a ground-well expression of bewildered and frustrated basketball supporters, many of whom know a great deal about the way the game should be played. We would like to bring this attention of the University’s decision-makers on the future of Arkansas basketball before too much time passes. This expression of your views is very important. Please be a part of it.
In Pelphrey's fourth season, the Razorbacks are 18-11 and with a win against Ole Miss in their regular-season finale on Saturday could finish .500 in SEC play. Arkansas did score an overtime win against a ranked Kentucky team last week.
But after back-to-back 14-win seasons, here's a picture of the fan apathy during Wednesday's loss to Mississippi State provided by the Arkansas News Bureau.
Two minutes prior to the introduction of the starting lineups, square behind the Arkansas basket, there were several rows with 6, 8, 10 unoccupied seats side by side. That was on the lower level; the entire upper deck probably didn’t have 500 fans.
A regular who sits one row from courtside promised the crowd would arrive late.
A few did, but not many, even though there were reasons to show up. After all, Arkansas had won two in a row to get to .500 in the Southeastern Conference and was fighting for a first-round bye in the SEC Tournament.
The fan who bought the newspaper ad certainly cares. Unfortunately for Pelphrey, that fan is also hardcore about calling for changes in the program.