Last month the group led by Oklahoma City businessmen
In the 67-year-old Richardson, the group would gain a sideline veteran and proven, if controversial, winner. His resume includes stops at West Texas Junior College and Tulsa, where he won an NIT championship in 1981. But he is best known for his 17-year tenure at Arkansas, beginning in 1985. The winningest coach in school history with a 389-169 record, Richardson led the Razorbacks to three Final Four appearances, defeating Duke in the 1994 championship game for his only NCAA title. He left the school in 2002 under acrimonious circumstances.
Still, for all of his experience and considerable expertise -- he is known for his high-pressure, up-tempo style of play called "40 Minutes of Hell" -- he hasn't coached women on the college on the college or professional level. Richardson says he has followed the league in the past -- the Houston franchise in particular -- and consulted with its former head coach,
Since leaving Arkansas, Richardson has served as coach of the Panamanian National Team and the Mexican National Team, which he had hoped to lead to its first Olympics berth since 1976.