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Anderson passes on Oregon, will stay at Missouri

Posted on: April 17, 2010 10:29 pm
Edited on: April 17, 2010 10:52 pm

Mike Anderson will remain with Missouri rather than accept an offer from Oregon.

"It’s certainly flattering anytime another university notices what your program is accomplishing, and when I was approached by Oregon I decided to listen, but it was simply with my family in mind," Anderson said Saturday night. "All that quick conversation did was reaffirm that Missouri is home to us."

It's believed Oregon offered Anderson more than $2 million per season to move to the Pac-10. But he passed on the opportunity after a three-day courtship -- just like Gonzaga's Mark Few, Florida's Billy Donovan, Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and others have already done.

Oregon is searching for Ernie Kent's replacement.

Kent was fired last month.

This development should make the Tigers a preseason Top 25 team. In addition to their coach, they return their top three scorers and will enroll a recruiting class ranks 10th nationally. The six-player class is headlined by junior college All-American Ricardo Ratliffe and high school standouts Tony Mitchell and Phil Pressey.

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: April 19, 2010 5:11 pm

Anderson passes on Oregon, will stay at Missouri

Bob Knights days of coaching are over.    Here is Big 12 country, we got to hear him announce basketball games all year long with Musberger.   Translation:  Bob Knight has lost it...countless times he made the wrong comments about the game: score, players, coaches, etc...  Bob Knight is only thinking about retirement.    I agree that it would be a sexy hire, but the man is done.

Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: April 19, 2010 3:16 pm

Good candidate for Oregon

Here's a name that will meet all the requirements the Ducks are talking about and will stun ... yes, STUN ... the basketball world: Bobby Knight. Knight's friend at ESPN, Dick Vitale, floated that as a possibility the other day, and why not? I think Knight would welcome another chance to be on the sidelines, and the Ducks would hit that home run they have been trying to hit for more than a month now. Every commentator in the nation will weigh in on the selection, what it means for Oregon, what it means for the Pac-10, etc.
 Maybe Vitale's little message, via Twitter, was a way for Knight to run the idea of him coaching at Oregon up the flag pole and see who saluted. Think Bob Knight as UO coach won't fill seats in that grand new arena? Oh, it will sell well. He's a very good coach, and he has that abrasive style that Oregon, quite frankly, isn't afraid to embrace. What better way to fit the Oregon image of gaudy football uniforms, new-wave offenses under Chip Kelly and a great start of a baseball program under George Horton than to have Bob Knight as the basketball coach.
 Here's another sure winner with a Knight hire: The Pac-10 vs. Big 12 basketball matchups next season would match Oregon vs. Texas Tech, with Bob Knight against his kid, in Oregon's mega-expensive new arena. It will be an ESPN TV game and a sellout in a matter of an hour or two.
 Everyone wins in this scenario, and Oregon isn't locked into a longterm contract. It builds its on-court reputation and goes out again in about three or four years looking for a new basketball coach with a whole new image and new respect. Maybe Mark Few, Mike Anderson, etc., won't be able to ignore the UO impact next time around.

Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2010 2:42 pm

Anderson passes on Oregon, will stay at Missouri

@slippy, It's possible the Big Ten expands from 11 to 12, not from 11 to 16. MU, Pitt and Notre Dame are all potential candidates for that spot. Not Nebraska and KU. And the Big Ten does not become the #1 basketball conference by adding Missouri. Possibly by adding Kansas, but that won't happen.

KU is the face of Big 12 Basketball and Nebraska has a history in Big 12 football. I've heard MU is unhappy with the current financial arrangement that has Texas taking home approx 40% of the revenue from football.

I agree Anderson does not know the Pacific Northwest well, so Oregon is not a good fit.

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: April 19, 2010 12:37 pm

Anderson passes on Oregon, will stay at Missouri

Rondo 44:  While your Kentucky Wildcats were in the NIT last year... Missouri was in the Elite 8 you clown.   Oregon better in the long run???  Missouri has a state-of-the-art facility, in Mizzou arena (5 years old).   Big 12 is a much better conference than the PAC 10... Mike Anderson recruits in the Midwest/South...why would he go to FREAKING OREGON where he has no contacts?   Secondly, Mizzou might be moving to the BIG 10...which will be the #1 basketball conference once Mizzou, Pitt, Notre Dame, Nebraska, and Kansas join the Big 10.  

I thought you fans in Kentucky know basketball????   I guess all you'll know from here on out with basketball will be the new names each year of your one-and-done soon to be ON PROBATION program.

I'll give you one reason Mike Anderson would've taken the Oregon job... Look up Oliver Purnell....  However, Mike Anderson is not 63 years old...and isn't looking for the last big contract.   Mike Anderson wants to win, and he can do it @ Missouri.    He has a top 10 class coming in...and almost his entire team back from last years 2nd round team.

Any more questions?    I'd be happy to help you out.

Since: Apr 12, 2010
Posted on: April 19, 2010 1:54 am

Anderson passes on Oregon, will stay at Missouri

This is not a very smart move at all on his part, Oregon is much more appealing.  Yes the pac 10 is not so good, but when was the last time that Missouri was truly relevant at all either.  Oregon is very appealing due in part to Phil Knight being an alum, and they are building a beautiful facility as well.  Missouri is a fine program, I just see more appeal in the long run with Oregon.  Lets face it, Oregon would be the easier school to build and sustain success in a long term form.

Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2010 10:43 pm

Anderson passes on Oregon, will stay at Missouri

Anderson will be the coach at Arkansas within two years!  and you can take that to the bank! as he will!

Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2010 7:10 pm

Anderson passes on Oregon, will stay at Missouri

As a KU fan, I'm glad Anderson chose Missouri.

Anderson is making MU relevant again, and along with Bill Self (KU) and Frank Martin (KSU) the Big 12 North is becoming on of the toughest half-conferences in Basketball. Not to mention, this only makes the Big 12 stronger as a whole.

Here's hoping Anderson continues to stoke the flames of the KU-MU rivalry and stays for years to come.

Rock Chalk.

Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2010 1:22 pm

Anderson passes on Oregon, will stay at Missouri

 It's not like Oregon and Nike don't have the funds.

Uh, no, they don't have the funds. Oregon's sports budget, like most big universities, has been running in the red for a number of years with or without Phil Knight. You might want to check your facts before making a post like this one.  Besides, the MO coach isn't worth more than 2 mil. a year with his proven track record at the moment.  Why throw money away when you don't have to.  That's what too many Universities end up doing (ex:  Notre Dame) and then they are on the hook for years to come. 

Oregon will get a good coach.... probably not the big name they are looking for, but they will find the right guy at the right price in the end.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 12:54 pm

Anderson passes on Oregon, will stay at Missouri


No, he didn't. He did a terrible job at Wake Forest with the talent he had and deserved his pink slip. Unlike the man who took his place there.

Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2010 3:18 am

Oregon, another team that doesn't know it's place

Nothing like shooting for the moon on the cheap. $2mil, really? If they honestly wanted to land a bigtime proven coach they should have showed up with a monster check. Throw a 4-5 million a year out chunk of bait out there and watch what you happens. They would land the top shelf coach they really wanted no problem. It's not like Oregon and Nike don't have the funds.

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