Coach Nolan Richardson will be honored during Final Four this weekend. The legendary coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks initiated the “Forty Minutes of Hell” defense that took his team to the NCAA Championship in 1994. In 22 years with the Razorbacks, he went to the tournament 20 times.
Richardson was also a member of the legendary Texas Western squad, the first all-Black starting five to win a National Championship in 1966. Richardson will be honored with the 20 year commemoration of his championship win in North Texas, at the African American Museum at Fair Park in Dallas, also home to the Black Sports Hall of Fame.
The Tom Joyner Show caught up to Richardson and he talked about his legacy and who he’s got in this weekend’s Final Four.
What are you doing now?
What I do now is work harder than it seems I’ve ever worked in my life. My daughter passed away in the days when I first took the Arkansas job in 1987 from leukemia. And we have a foundation that’s been built in her name over the last 27 years. I’ve got about 35 charities over the years that I donate money to, so my #1 job right now is to go and start begging to help those that are less fortunate. Then I’m on a small mini-tour of motivational speaking. So I get the opportunity to be out with people.
Do you miss coaching?