April 22nd, 2014 11:15 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
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Tags: Central Missouri, Kim Anderson, Mike Anderson, Norm Stewart
It sounds as though Anderson is a serious candidate for the Missouri coaching job. No, not Mike Anderson. Kim Anderson. The Missouri alum and former assistant under Tiger legend Norm Stewart looks to be a potential “back to the future” hire in Columbia.
First things first, the Tigers reportedly have Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall high upon their list. No surprise there as every school with an opening has considered Marshall. It’s just that it’s unlikely that Marshall will leave a safe gig for anything smaller than $3 million per season.
Next come the names of Chris Mack (Xavier), Matt Painter (who turned down Mizzou and stayed at Purdue three years ago), Michael White (Louisiana Tech) and Ben Howland (who everyone else has passed on).
But Anderson might make the most sense. At 58, he just led Central Missouri to the NCAA Division II national title. He’s been to three D-II Final Fours in 12 years. He was named the D-II Coach of the Year after his work last season and he’s got an overal winning percentage of .745. For those wondering if he can recruit at the D-I level, he’s been a Mizzou assistant twice as well as a Baylor aide.
More importantly, Anderson might buy Missouri AD Mike Alden some good will. Yes, Alden’s the man who hired and stuck by Gary Pinkel, but ADs aren’t judged by their successes so much as by their failures. And Alden’s had some failures in his hardwood searches. He replaced Stewart with Quin Snyder, who blew up the program and his career with off-court issues. Then came Mike Anderson who split for Arkansas after five years. Then Alden handed the reins of the program to Frank Haith. Behind-the-scenes issues reportedly played a role in Haith skedaddling for a job with Tulsa — Tulsa! — after going 76-28 in three seasons in Columbia. It is believed that Alden asked Haith for his resignation when the NCAA started snooping into Haith’s Miami days a few years back. Haith had the guts to say no, but his relationship with Alden never fully healed.
So with fans now starting to train their sites on the Tiger athletic director, Alden might feel that a good backup plan — in case a “name” like Marshall can’t be hired — would involve the hiring of someone tied to Mizzou’s hoops heydey. That would be Anderson, who’s clearly earned consideration with his deeds, as well. Already, some ex-Tigers are hailing a potential Anderson hire as “a no-brainer.”
Barring a surprise “off the radar” hire, we suspect Anderson will go from coaching the Mules of Central Missouri to the Tigers of Mizzou before next season. Especially if Alden is wanting to win back a little fan love.
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