Arkansas won’t retire No. 42 this weekend but should retire No. 34 and place Richardson’s name on hardwood

Bill Clinton will received a framed No 42 Arkansas jersey this weekend.

Bill Clinton will received a framed No 42 Arkansas jersey this weekend.

So, Arkansas isn’t retiring its No. 42 basketball jersey to honor Bill Clinton and his two terms as America’s 42nd President.
After Clinton made reference to the honor of a 42 jersey during an ESPN interview at a Brooklyn Nets game earlier this month, some outlets reported the number was going to be retried at an Arkansas home game this season.
An Arkansas spokesman acknowledged Clinton would be honored, and this week the U of A released a statement chronicling a Final Four celebration in which Clinton would receive a framed No. 42 jersey. No mention of retiring it.
Whether the school changed its mind after some took to social media to protest, or the interview was misinterpreted, it appears Sidney Moncrief’s No. 32 is still the only retired number.
The debate over Clinton’s number focused the attention on the fact the Hogs have a rich basketball tradition but only one retired number.
An opportunity to add to the list and appropriately retire another jersey was lost (unless it is a surprise). Former Hog Corliss Williamson, who helped Arkansas to the 1994 National Championship and the 1995 runner-up will be on campus Saturday celebrating the school’s six Final Four appearances.
What would be more fitting than retiring “Big Nasty’s” No. 34, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the title run?
I can’t think of anything, other than unveiling Nolan Richardson court. I know the Hogs’ all-time winningest coach was fired and sued the U of A, but those wounds are healed. He is a regular attendee at Bud Walton Arena watching his former assistant Mike Anderson lead the Arkansas program. Richardson is synonymous with Arkansas basketball and always will be.
Arkansas athletics director Jeff Long has done a great job of making Richardson feel welcome and has honored the legendary coach and his teams before. Richardson is synonymous with Arkansas basketball and always will be.
While Saturday will be festive with Clinton in attendance along with other former greats like Todd Day, Lee Mayberry, Oliver Miller and U.S. Reed, the best way to honor Arkansas Final Four teams would be to put Richardson’s name on the court and Williamson’s number in the rafters.

2 comments on “Arkansas won’t retire No. 42 this weekend but should retire No. 34 and place Richardson’s name on hardwood
  1. Steve Andrews says:

    Great Stuff again, Nate-O!

  2. William Heath says:

    Nolan Richardson’s name should definitely be placed on the hardwood at Bud Walton Arena.