Corliss Williamson new head coach at Central Arkansas

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Corliss Williamson new head coach at Central Arkansas

CONWAY, Ark. -- Corliss Williamson is taking over as Central Arkansas' new coach, promising a style similar to the way his teams played when he was a star with the Arkansas Razorbacks.

"It'll be pick up and play," Williamson said. "Full-court pressure."

Williamson was introduced Friday by the Bears, who fired coach Rand Chappell after the team went 9-21 this season. Williamson, who led Arkansas to the 1994 national championship as a player, was the coach at Arkansas Baptist before leaving the junior college and accepting the Central Arkansas job.

Central Arkansas, where Scottie Pippen played college basketball, is a relative newcomer to Division I but will be fully eligible for postseason play next season.

"The fact that he's got a name, was an NBA star and a college star will certainly help him," athletic director Brad Teague said. "He will be able to get in some homes that other coaches can't, he'll be able to attract some student-athletes that other coaches couldn't."

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