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Missouri can benefit from Anderson's departure

Posted on: March 23, 2011 7:30 pm
Edited on: March 23, 2011 7:46 pm

Posted by Matt Norlander

So Mike Anderson is leaving one job for another. One BCS school for another. A lot of fans may be confounded by this because, on the surface, Arkansas and Missouri don’t appear to be too different in terms of status. In fact, right now, Missouri is in better shape than Arkansas (though Arkansas is still slated to have a firm freshman class coming in next season). So it's tough to justify the move in a few ways.

Well, Arkansas is a better job than Missouri; that's why Anderson is in the process of moving his life from Columbia to Fayetteville.  Arkansas isn’t the school or program it once was, but when it’s winning and competing for SEC titles and Final Fours, it’s a top-20-in-the-country job, in my opinion. So that’s why Anderson’s going. That, and he’s an Arkansas guy; Anderson was an assistant at the school for more than 15 years under Nolan Richardson. Richardson: You know, the guy who delivered Arkansas its only national title, 17 years ago, then came within 40 minutes of winning another one the next year.

Anderson wasn't a candidate upon Richardson's departure nearly a decade ago. The school's doubled back on the man who made UAB a feared team in March during the mid-2000s and took Missouri to the Elite Eight in 2009. After five years, Anderson's leaving. This could have the potential to be great (yes, great) for both parties.

Without Anderson, Missouri appears to be in good shape in the short-term. Some may think the Tigers are in a lurch, but that's hardly the case. Anderson leaves the program with just one departing senior, Justin Safford, who averaged only 6.4 points per game this season. Check the roster. Four junior starters, who will be senior starters, are back next year, plus Missouri's been freed from Anderson's seven-year, multi-million dollar contract. That means the athletic director can chase VCU's Shaka Smart, Marquette's Buzz Williams or Richmond's Chris Mooney — all of whom would be considered home-run hires in Columbia.

All of them, as you know, are still coaching this week, as their teams are playing Thursday and Friday in the Sweet 16. With the Big 12 deflating to 10 teams next year (Colorado is going to the Pac-12; Nebraska to the Big Ten), coaching within the league also becomes an attractive option, as the overall challenge is lessened with two fewer squads, even if said squads were consistently in the Big 12 basement.

Smart and Williams now become the primary targets. Both have reputations and connections in the South, so if Missouri could snatch either one, they'd bolster the program's viability immediately. Plus, both have been winners in recent years, and isn't that the most important thing? If Mizzou is to "win" and come out of this with good face, then nabbing one of the three names listed above — or hoodwink us all and rope in a viable, familiar candidate currently coaching at another school — is the objective.

The Missouri job is a very good one, a job that should be attractive enough to lure away one of the cha-ching candidates you've heard floated over the past week. If that happens, Tigers fans shouldn't be sad one bit over Anderson leaving them behind. In fact, it might end up being in better shape than it was with Anderson.


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Since: Apr 25, 2010
Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:28 am

Missouri can benefit from Anderson's departure

There is no way that Mizzou will hire anyone with ties to Missouri State. The boosters would never let that fly

Why would they do that?  Serious question.  I do not follow you.  If Alden is convinced Martin is the guy I would think he would be acceptable.

Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2011 10:32 am

Missouri can benefit from Anderson's departure

I think both schools will be ok.  Obviously, I'm an Arkansas homer, but we need someone to re-unite the fan base, and Anderson is just the guy to do that.  My only concern would be that Arkansans will expect him to be Nolan.  He's a great college with an exciting brand of basketball.  He'll fill 20k seat Bud Walton Arena again.  There is nothing better than hitting Dixon Street then going to a Saturday game on the hill.  One of the loudest places in America when it's rocking. 

Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2011 10:26 am

Missouri can benefit from Anderson's departure

Sounds like you're the f'ing idiot. Stop talking like you have an inside look at who we're looking at. You have no idea who is on Alden's list as well as any of the rest of us. Sit back like the rest of us and let it unfold. Anderson's been gone freaking 48 hours and you make it sound like we already have a list made public numbering the choices from best to worst. Newsflash, tucky...there is no list yet! And if here is I adamantly support the fact that you don't have it.

Since: Mar 24, 2011
Posted on: March 25, 2011 9:34 am

Missouri can benefit from Anderson's departure

There is no way that Mizzou will hire anyone with ties to Missouri State. The boosters would never let that fly.

Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: March 24, 2011 3:44 pm

Missouri can benefit from Anderson's departure

On to "bigger and better things for MIZZOU..." 

Does that mean more than one conference road win next season?

Since: Mar 24, 2011
Posted on: March 24, 2011 3:10 pm

Missouri can benefit from Anderson's departure

I can tell you're form st louis, not just by your picture but because of your lack of intelligence. To throw names such as Jeff van Gundy- which is beyond absurd and completely off track, Jeff Capel- who bombed in Oklahoma, Jon Sundvold who has limited if any coaching experience at any level, Melvin Watkins- who went 0-16 at Texas A&M within the Big 12, Bruce Pearl who is a certified cheater.. and the one plausible coach you listed, you don't even know the name of. You're a moron

Since: Mar 24, 2011
Posted on: March 24, 2011 3:00 pm

Missouri can benefit from Anderson's departure

Amazing post, I couldnt agree more.

Since: Mar 24, 2011
Posted on: March 24, 2011 2:57 pm

Missouri can benefit from Anderson's departure

Let me just start off by saying that this is a poorly written article. Not just because you can't write, but because most of your facts are inaccurate. Missouri is heavily pursuing Brad Stevens from Butler. Although unlikely, we'd love to see him on the Missouri sidelines. If we were willing to pay Anderson as much as Duke pays coach K, then MU boosters would shit enough money to get Stevens in Columbia. Cuanzo Martin from Missouri State is the top candidate as of right now, and as well as he has done down in Springfield, I will not be upset if we did hire him. Gregg Marshall out of Wichita State and Shaka Smart from VCU are up-and-coming coaches who Missouri has an eye on. Marshall has done a terrific job in leading WSU to dominating performances in the NIT and even led Winthrop to a couple NCAA tournaments appearances and a near upset over second-seeded Tennessee in the first round just a few years ago. Matt Painter would be another option. Although he's a Purdue alumn, he isn't making as much as Anderson would have made and there is a possibility we could lure him in with enough money. Get the fuck out of here with Buzz Williams. Nice shot in the dark pick. If Buzz goes to any Big !2 school it would be Texas Tech. Also, I haven't heard any reports to MU pursuing Chris Mooney. And your statement that Arkansas is a better program if they're winning is ignorant. Any major conference program would be "better" if they're winning. Dipshit

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: March 24, 2011 1:54 pm

Missouri can benefit from Anderson's departure

He was never going to win in the Big 12 and he knew it. Im a KU fan I will admit that right now. However programs like Texas,K-State are there every year also.  I was a sophmore in highschool when the hogs had scottie thurman,big nasty and the rest of the crew that won them the national championship-I think Mike is thinking he can bring Arkansas back time will tell.


Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2011 11:39 am

Missouri can benefit from Anderson's departure

Well put mad-dog!

Thanks Coach!  Best of luck! 

Now, on to bigger and better things for MIZZOU...

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