“We are excited that one of our program’s most beloved and respected former student-athletes will now be a part of our men’s basketball broadcast team,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. “Scotty is not only a Razorback basketball legend, he has been an outstanding representative of our program and has made a positive impact on the lives of our basketball student-athletes. I am confident that Razorback fans will enjoy what Scotty brings to our broadcasts based on his experiences as a player for Hall of Fame Coach Nolan Richardson. Scotty knows the game and will provide Razorback fans a player’s perspective on basketball and an informed insight into our program.”
Thurman played for the Razorbacks from 1993-95 helping lead Arkansas to a pair of Final Fours, including the 1994 NCAA Championship and an NCAA Runner-up Finish in 1995. The Ruston, La., native is best known for hitting what simply is known as “The Shot” in Razorback Basketball history. Thurman nailed a high-arching three-pointer as the shot clock was winding down in the final minute of play against the Duke Blue Devils. Thurman’s clutch shot gave Arkansas a lead it would never relinquish in a 76-72 victory in the national championship game.
“I am honored to join Chuck Barrett in helping bring Razorback Basketball to the entire state of Arkansas and to Razorback fans throughout the country,” Thurman said. “When I think of broadcasters such as Mike Nail, the late, great Paul Eells and Rick Schaeffer, I am truly humbled to join the Razorback Sports Network team. I want to thank Jeff Long and (IMG General Manager) David Shoemaker for this opportunity. I am also grateful to Coach Mike Anderson for his continued support, allowing me to be a part of this program and this university in a state which has meant so much to my family and me.”
Thurman will assume the role previously held by former sports information director and longtime University of Arkansas radio and television broadcaster Rick Schaeffer. Schaeffer served a combined 34 years on Arkansas’ men’s basketball radio broadcasts in two separate stints including the past 10 years.
“I am very grateful to Jeff Long and IMG for allowing me the opportunity to continue to serve on the Razorback Sports Network for football and baseball,” Schaeffer said. “I enjoyed every moment of my 34 years as a basketball analyst, but it is time for a change. I’m thrilled that Scotty Thurman, a Razorback who I hold in the highest esteem, will now fill that position. I know Razorback fans will be blessed by his addition to the basketball broadcasts.”
Schaeffer will remain an integral part of Razorback football and baseball broadcasts as well as take on an expanded role with Razorback Athletics as a contributor to ArkansasRazorbacks.com and the department’s official publication, Inside Razorback Athletics. Schaeffer is part of the football pre-game and post-game shows and also serves as the in-game statistician for the game broadcast. He recently finished his 13th straight season as a member of the Razorback Baseball radio network team, serving as the primary color analyst while also handling middle inning play-by-play duties.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Rick Schaeffer as a member of our broadcast team in multiple sports,” Long said. “Rick is a wonderful person for whom I have great respect. Rick brings a historical perspective, a true passion and unrivaled enthusiasm for the Razorbacks which he conveys to fans around our state. We are grateful for his years of service to Razorback Basketball and are excited that he will continue to be an integral part of our program as both a broadcaster and a special contributor.”