Tag:Mike Anderson
Posted on: November 7, 2011 1:25 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2011 1:38 pm

New employer vs. Old employer in same league

By Gary Parrish

One of the byproducts of Missouri's official acceptance into the SEC is that it'll give us a rarity in college basketball -- a man regularly coaching his current school against his former school because both schools play in the same league. At the moment there are only 16 men who coach in this situation, just eight from BCS-affiliated leagues.

Here's the list:
  • Frankie Allen in the MEAC (Howard/Maryland-Eastern Shore)
  • Jim Baron in the Atlantic 10 (St. Bonaventure/Rhode Island)
  • Horace Broadnax in the MEAC (Bethune-Cookman/Savannah State)
  • Mitch Buonaguro in the MAAC (Fairfield/Siena)
  • Charlie Coles in the Mid-American (Central Michigan/Miami-Ohio)
  • Keith Dambrot in the Mid-American (Central Michigan/Akron)
  • Billy Gillispie in the Big 12 (Texas A&M/Texas Tech)
  • Leonard Hamilton in the ACC (Miami/Florida State)
  • Bob Huggins in the Big East (Cincinnati/West Virginia)
  • Donnie Jones in C-USA (Marshall/UCF)
  • Lon Kruger in the Big 12 (Kansas State/Oklahoma)
  • Greg McDermott in the MVC (Northern Iowa/Creighton)
  • Mike Montgomery in the Pac-12 (Stanford/California)
  • Kevin Nickelberry in the MEAC (Hampton/Howard)
  • Kevin O'Neill in the Pac-12 (Arizona/Southern California)
  • Rick Pitino in the Big East (Providence/Louisville)
Soon to come (once realignment goes into effect):
  • Mike Anderson in the SEC (Missouri/Arkansas)
  • Matt Doherty in the Big East (Notre Dame/SMU)
  • Bob Huggins in the Big 12 (Kansas State/West Virginia)
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: June 17, 2011 5:42 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 6:26 pm

Mike Anderson commits sin against coaching code

By Matt Norlander

Every coach knows the code. If a player asks to be released from his team and his scholarship, you do it. As a coach, you have control over a lot of aspects of your players' lives from the time they step on campus until the time they graduate or leave for one reason or another. Leaving is the key component, though. Whenever that comes, that's on the player to decide, so long as he's not violating team rules, under-performing or acting delinquently. 

Dictating whether a player has to stay at the school is one of the few areas where said player should hold the power.

Rotnei Clarke repeatedly asked for, and was not given, his official release from Arkansas by new coach Mike Anderson, according to Jeff Goodman's story. Clarke, the Razorbacks' leading scorer last season, attended Arkansas because John Pelphrey recruited him there a few years ago. He doesn't jell with Anderson's rip-and-run system.

Clarke is not a rogue defector, either. Jeff Peterson was allowed to sign paperwork that enabled him to transfer to another school. Glenn Bryant also wanted -- and got -- his transfer from the program. There's something about Anderson and his system that a lot of in-house guys don't like. We're talking to seniors that are leaving to get one more year in of hoops at a place where they think they'll get more out of themselves than Anderson's way at Arkansas. All transfers will have to sit out and wait until the 2012-13 season to play.

Clarke, one of the best shooters in college basketball, originally tried to leave before Bryant did but was asked to sleep on it -- for two months. He still wants out. It's his right to leave. There is no pre-existing relationship to patch up; only a fractured, once-polite philosophical disagreement between star player and incoming coach.

Why is Anderson being so stubborn and thinking he can keep a kid on campus who won't be happy there? What coach wants to bring that dynamic into his locker room after dragging it along in the offseason?

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long is on the hook here, too; he has the power to grant Clarke his release and supersede Anderson. He's sided with his new coach, as both men are hoping Clarke succumbs to the college basketball equivalent of Stockholm Syndrome, something that has happened with teams before. Rarely are player and program better for it.

Anderson has no real excuse here. The reason for Clarke wanting to leave is irrelevant. If he wants out -- and his father is in full support of this move, too -- then he should be let out. This blog post shouldn't be happening. Mike Anderson, give up the Clarke ghost. The new Hogs coach should be thrilled that Pelphrey's impressive 2011 class remained on board when he got the job in March. He somehow convinced all the freshmen to stay, according to Goodman's story.

Clarke, according to sources, isn't the only one Anderson hasn't allowed to explore other opportunities.

Two members of Arkansas' highly regarded recruiting class -- which was assembled by former coach John Pelphrey and his coaching staff -- both asked Anderson for their release.

That reflects badly already on Anderson, a successful coach in his five season at Missouri and four seasons before that at UAB. Winning cures so much, but Anderson hasn't done that yet at Arkansas. This kind of behavior, not letting kids get their transfer, or making it very tough to do so, gets around. Recruits, coaches, AAU guys ... they talk. If Arkansas and Anderson want to build a successful, long-term model, they can't prevent the team's best player from leaving.

As much as it stings now, they'll be better for it in the long run if they let Clarke leave.

Photo: AP
Posted on: April 29, 2011 2:13 pm

Haith's makeover of Mizzou begins in weight room

The Tigers will see more time in the paint under Haith.Posted by Eric Angevine

The hiring of Frank Haith to run the University of Missouri basketball program next season was baffling for many reasons. His record at Miami is not exactly sterling. He doesn't project a super-charismatic personality. He's not a star.

Perhaps the most difficult part of the transition will be the abrupt change in playing style that Mike Anderson's guys will have to embrace. A running, gunning team under Anderson - one that didn't rebound or play inside particularly well - the Tigers must now learn to grind a bit more. Learning the offensive sets and positioning will take some time throughout the season, but the transformation of the team has begun already - in the weight room.

Haith hired strength and conditioning coach Todor Pandov to put the wiry Tigers through the wringer this spring and summer. The son of a Bulgarian heavyweight boxer, Pandov learned his trade while recovering from a basketball injury, suffered during his stint as a forward with the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers between 1999-2004. The Columbia Tribune reports that Pandov has Mizzou's greyhounds working out three times a week as they seek to add a little bulldog to the mix.

Mike Dixon needs only to listen to his muscles to tell him about the quality of his recent workouts.

“I’ve been sore a lot these past couple days,” said the Missouri basketball team’s rising junior point guard, who, because of that lingering dull pain, can say with confidence he’s pushing his body to new limits.

It’s a first step as (Pandov) begins to help them retool their bodies for a new brand of basketball under Coach Frank Haith, one dependent more on strength than the speed and agility required for the Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball of predecessor Mike Anderson. That’s particularly true for forwards such as Laurence Bowers, who will be asked to bang under the basket.

Given the drastic change in culture in Columbia, it's rather surprising that none of the Tigers have announced an intention to transfer yet. It's quite possible that Haith knows what he's doing, and will find a way to marry that innate speed with new bulk, but the transition has to be jarring for players who spent more time doing wind sprints than heaving barbells around in the past.

According to kenpom.com, Missouri had the nation's 14th-highest adjusted tempo last season, with 72 possessions per contest. Miami's final season under Haith was played at a pace of 65.5 possessions per game, good for 236th. Not sure how easy it's going to be to put the brakes on these guys.

This will be an interesting team to watch next season. Anderson left plenty of talent on the team, but the Big 12 will look very different next season, with only the league's top ten teams around now that Nebraska and Colorado have defected. Perhaps its as good a time as any to try something new with the Tigers. The good news, according to Pandov, is that the holdovers from the previous regime "(have) great attitudes and have been willing to learn."

Everyone buying in is the first step. If Haith has accomplished that already, we may be in for a surprise at Mizzou somewhere down the road.

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

Missouri can benefit from Anderson's departure

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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Posted on: March 19, 2011 10:09 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2011 12:32 am

Report: Mizzou's Mike Anderson to Arkansas

Per reports, Mike Anderson is headed back to Arkansas

Posted by Eric Angevine

Nolan Richardson left the University of Arkansas in 2002. The team hasn't been back to the Final Four since, and Richardson hasn't coached in college again.

If reports are true, Arkansas is about to get the next best thing. Missouri head coach Mike Anderson, who played for Richardson at Tulsa and coached under him at Arkansas for 17 years, is expected to accept the head coaching job recently vacated by John Pelphrey.

The news hit tonight via a tweet from Chris Lincoln, Sports Director at KTUL-TV in Tulsa:

Reports out of Arkansas say Mizzou coach Mike Anderson to be introduced tomorrow in Fayetteville as Razorbacks new head basketball coach.
CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish has updated this story with the latest news from his sources. The sources agree that the deal is likely to be finalized soon, but that nothing official can be announced until some details are worked out.

Anderson has always run his own version of the high-pressure "Forty Minutes of Hell" system Richardson used to win the 1994 national championship.

If this press conference does, indeed, happen, will Mizzou take a look at Missouri State head coach Cuonzo Martin? Or will they lean toward a big name from outside their back yard?

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Posted on: January 3, 2011 10:19 am
Edited on: January 3, 2011 11:29 am

Coach Speak: Bruce Pearl meant to do that

Posted by Eric Angevine

Buzz Williams gets our video spotlight for his press conference following the Marquette victory over West Virginia this weekend. As much for the Brewers sweatshirt as for anything he says, though he is a very plain-spoken fellow.

Now, on to some other quotables from NCAA head coaches from the past weekend:

"I was just trying to get (assistant coach) Tony Jones some reps."
-Bruce Pearl, talking about his ejection from Tennessee’s 91-78 loss to College of Charleston


"Josh had 23 points and 14 rebounds? Oh my gosh."
-John Calipari, reading Josh Harrellson’s line on the postgame stat sheet following a 78-63 win over Louisville


"He got 10 rebounds and we were playing at St. John's last week and he played 35 minutes and got 1 rebound. He wasn't active, so I spent half my halftime talk just getting after him to start getting his nose in there and stop being a cutie-pie."

-Northwestern's Bill Carmody evaluating sophomore Drew Crawford's play this week


"Thomas is without question our best post guy right now. He deserves to be out there, even though it’s probably not best for our team over time."

-Bill Self keeps the pressure on juniors Marcus and Markieff Morris by starting sophomore Thomas Robinson


"It takes a lot of pressure off the big guys. It gives us an opportunity to run out … to break and push the ball down the floor. It creates advantages-disadvantages for us. Now you’ve got forwards trying to guard our guards."

-Missouri coach Mike Anderson on his team’s recent improvement in defensive rebounding


"I looked out there and it was like the old Michael Jordan movie 'Space Jam,' It was the monsters and aliens vs. the cartoon characters. That was a nice looking team on the other bench. They’re big, strong, athletic."

-Boise State head coach Leon Rice after the Broncos defeated New Mexico State 81-78


"A moral victory for us."

-Head coach Brian Newhall of DIII Occidental College following his team’s 93-50 loss at San Diego State. A last-second shot denied Aztec fans free curly fries, awarded by Jack in the Box restaurants whenever SDSU holds a visiting team below 50.


"Since we last played them and beat them, we've lost eight games - and two of them were to them. I'm really proud of our team for really stepping up and not being intimidated by the streak. Tonight was our night."

-Stanford women's coach Tara VanDerveer after ending UConn’s 90-game win streak

Hot Seat: Trent Johnson, LSU

If anyone made his seat hotter this week, it's LSU's Trent Johnson. The man who won 80 games in a difficult recruiting environment at Stanford probably thought winning in Baton Rouge would be a piece of cake, but things have gone downhill since his first season with the purple and gold, which ended in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Last year there was no postseason bid at all, and this season looks much the same. The Tigers are 8-7, and this week's road trip, with a short turnaround between playing Rice in Houston on December 29th and then Virginia in Charlottesville on January 2nd, didn't do him any favors, as both ended in losses to very beatable teams.

Louisiana State fired John Brady two years after he reached a Final Four. How much patience will they have with Johnson? The road trip continues on Saturday with a trip to the terrible, horrible, no-good Auburn Tigers. If that game ends in a loss, Tiger fans will be howling for Johnson's head on a platter.
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