FAYETTEVILLE — It was almost as though Nolan Richardson was coaching Tuesday night.

FAYETTEVILLE — It was almost as though Nolan Richardson was coaching Tuesday night.


He carried his ever-recognizable strong voice and energetic spirit to halfcourt of Bud Walton Arena during halftime of the Arkansas win over Texas A&M. He was the final of three former Razorbacks men’s basketball icons to be honored with a banner unveiling this season.


"A banner being dropped no question is one of the highlights of my coaching career. I’ve been blessed by the fact that I’ve had an opportunity to be 12 Halls of Fame, I believe," Richardson said. "To be alive, and to receive this, to have my family, my friends and my coaches to be a part of something that made me who I am. And so it’s a night of beauty."


Richardson spent 17 years on the Arkansas sidelines. He was the coach who opened Bud Walton Arena in 1994, the same season he led the Razorbacks to their only basketball national championship. He finished his career in Fayetteville with a 389-169 record, 13 NCAA Tournament apperances and three Final Fours.


He didn’t shy from the controversy surrounding his dismissal in 2002 on Wednesday, but said the healing process has been completed. He is and always will be a Razorback and that’s why he stayed in the area, he said.


"I think the healing process (began) years ago," Richardson said. "I think it begins when you have new people take over positions. It changes the atmosphere. I think the changing of the atmosphere helped me to become (keener ) to being part of the University of Arkansas."