Sources: Arkansas hires Mike Anderson

Missouri coach Mike Anderson is heading to Arkansas after all.

The longtime Razorbacks assistant, according to sources, has decided to return to Fayetteville.

Anderson flirted with Oregon a year ago before deciding to remain at Missouri.

Anderson spent 17 years as Nolan Richardson’s assistant at Arkansas, but wasn’t considered for the job after Richardson was fired in 2002.

Anderson spent four years at UAB, going to three NCAA tournaments, and has been at Missouri for the past five seasons.

The Tigers went to the Elite Eight in 2009, advanced to the second round in 2010 and were eliminated by Cincinnati in the Tigers opening game last week.

Missouri finished 23-11 each of the past two seasons.

Anderson replaces John Pelphrey, who was fired after four seasons at Arkansas.