FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas has fired basketball coach John Pelphrey and called a news conference for Sunday night to discuss the future of the program.

Pelphrey was 69-59 in four seasons with the Razorbacks, including an 18-13 record this season. Arkansas lost to Tennessee in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament on Thursday.

Pelphrey replaced Stan Heath as coach of the Razorbacks in 2007-08 and finished 23-12. Arkansas advanced to the NCAA tournament that season, defeating Indiana before losing to North Carolina.

The Razorbacks struggled in Pelphrey’s next two seasons, winning 14 games in each. This season will mark the third consecutive year Arkansas will miss the NCAA tournament.

Athletic director Jeff Long said in a statement that a national search would begin immediately.