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Where the Eric Musselman-Arkansas situation stands today

Eric Musselman
Eric Musselman is a candidate at Arkansas. (John Byrne/Nevada athletics)

Tuesday was a roller-coaster of emotions for Nevada basketball fans who braced for a potential loss of their coach, Eric Musselman, to Arkansas. Here's what we know about the search as of Wednesday morning.

* Eric Musselman is indeed a candidate for the Arkansas head-coaching job, which was first reported by Stadium's Jeff Goodman and confirmed by multiple sources to Nevada Sports Net. The Razorbacks fired coach Mike Anderson last month after eight seasons in which he went 169-102 overall and 78-64 in the SEC with three NCAA Tournament appearances, including two second-round berths.

* Musselman was not in Fayetteville on Tuesday and hasn't been there since he was the associate head coach at LSU during the 2014-15 season. There were a lot of inaccurate reports/rumors on Twitter on Tuesday, which I debunked with this story. Musselman's hiring at Arkansas is not imminent. We don't even know if he's the front-runner for the job.

* After my report came out, Caleb Martin and Eric Musselman posted tweets from Reno High School, proving the coach was in Reno.

* Musselman's wife, Danyelle, then texted the Reno Gazette Journal, "He's here in Reno with no plan to go anywhere." That's kind of what you say in this situation until an offer comes and you have to make a decision. And, look, no Wolf Pack fan should have any issue with Musselman looking into a job that could pay him $2.5 million annually. Every person would do that, and Musselman has turned down interest in previous openings this offseason. But Arkansas is, at minimum, a mid-tier SEC job worth exploring. It's one of the 50 best jobs in the nation.

* Thanks to FlightTracker, we also know a plane went from Springdale, Ark., to Iowa City and then to Minneapolis on Monday. And then from Minneapolis to Reno and then Van Nuys, Calif., on Tuesday before returning home last night. We already know Musselman is a candidate for the Arkansas job and Goodman also reported former UCLA coach Steve Alford is in the mix. While I haven't confirmed anything on this front, it would make sense Arkansas was in Reno on Tuesday to talk to Musselman face to face and then spoke to Alford later in the night. I've also heard Richard Pitino's name attached at Arkansas, so that would line up with the visit to Minneapolis. Iowa is located in Iowa City, so perhaps the Razorbacks are looking at Hawkeyes coach Fran McCaffery, too.

* Typically how these things work are phone interviews are followed by "airport" interviews, which are followed by on-campus interviews before an offer is made. As you can see, Arkansas is in the middle of this process, so reports coming out of Fayetteville on Tuesday that a press conference had been set up and a hiring was potentially imminent were inaccurate. More likely, it sounds like Arkansas has four coaches it is interested in (listed above) and will move from there. The Razorbacks' reported top candidate, Kelvin Sampson, opted to stay at Houston. We should have resolution by the end of the week given the time frame that appears in place.

* Nevada athletic director Doug Knuth on Tuesday declined interview requests (I hiked up to his office after covering spring football yesterday morning), so you won't hear anything from him publicly during this process. Ultimately, there's little Nevada can do to match the kind of financial offer Musselman could get from the Razorbacks if Arkansas makes a move on him. Musselman makes $1 million in guaranteed money (probably $1.2 million-$1.3 million with his incentives) and I can't see the Wolf Pack going above $1.5 million. Arkansas paid its last head coach $2.55 million. SEC money is legit. Nevada's plea would have be more emotional based, emphasizing the standard of living, more or less being his own boss, being beloved in the community, waiting for a better job to come along, etc. Nevada can't match Arkansas dollar for dollar.

* I also appeared on Arkansas radio Wednesday morning to break down the situation if you want to check that out. The interview starts around the 24-minute mark.

* And here was NSN Daily breaking down the news yesterday.

* And, finally, NSN's Alex Margulies confirmed Wolf Pack walk-on Jalen Townsell has put his name in the transfer portal and plans to leave Nevada after one season. I hope to catch up with the Spanish Springs High alum today to flesh out that story.

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