LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ Nolan Richardson's lawyer awaited the first of what could be hundreds of pages of personnel, financial and university records requested in building a case to fight the dismissal of the former Arkansas coach.
University of Arkansas lawyers were ``working on correspondence,'' chief counsel Fred Harrison said Monday, but would give no details.
Harrison also would not say whether the university considered binding the 5 p.m. Friday deadline it gave the former coach to provide information that UA President Alan Sugg would consider in reviewing a decision to buy out the remaining six years of Richardson's contract.
``I'm sure they didn't,'' said Richardson lawyer John Walker, who has said he will seek a review when school officials have properly stated their reasons for dismissing the coach after 17 years.
The review sought by Richardson is seen as a prerequisite for possible legal action against the university.
Walker sent letters to university officials Wednesday requesting access to Richardson's personnel file, records of athletic contracts in all sports, correspondence between university officials, members of the Arkansas Razorback Foundation and-or Richardson, as well as records regarding minority students and faculty at all campuses of the university system.
Walker said he had not received any of the documents he requested by 4 p.m. Monday under the state Freedom of Information Act.
``That means that they're not honoring these deadlines,'' Walker said. ``I can't say that it's unanticipated.''
Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles said Monday he put on hold the formation of a search committee, saying he had to wait until the review is settled.
Arkansas bought out the remaining six years of Richardson's contract at $500,000 per year after Richardson said twice publicly that if the school would buy out his contract, he would leave. Before the contract was ended, Richardson said he wanted to stay.
But Harrison cited the earlier remarks in a letter to Walker supporting the school's move.
The Razorbacks finished the season at 14-15 after a loss to Tennessee on Thursday in the Southeastern Conference tournament. The only time Arkansas did not make postseason tournaments during the Richardson era were in the first and, now, last years of his tenure.
The coach, whose 17 years at the school included 13 NCAA appearances, an NCAA championship and two NIT appearances, had his contract terminated through a no-excuses-needed clause.