ESPN reported that Heath, who guided the Golden Flashes to the finals of the NCAA South Region, would be named the new coach of Arkansas later Thursday.
Heath would replace Nolan Richardson, who departed in a firestorm of controversy earlier this month.
Athletic director Frank Broyles said Tuesday that he wanted to accelerate the timetable for naming a coach and was believed to have interviewed about a half dozen candidates, including Illinois' Bill Self, Wyoming's Steve McLain and Arkansas State's Dickey Nutt, the brother of Houston Nutt, Arkansas football coach.
Broyles apparently has decided on Heath, a former Michigan State assistant to who took Kent State to its deepest run ever in the NCAA Tournament. The 10th-seeded Golden Flashes (30-6) defeated Oklahoma State, Alabama and Pittsburgh in the first three rounds of the tournament before losing to Indiana on