Posted on: March 23, 2011 5:34 pm
Edited on: March 23, 2011 5:38 pm
Mike Anderson has agreed in principle to leave Missouri and become the next men's basketball coach at Arkansas, a source told CBSSports.com on Wednesday.
An official announcement is expected soon.
Anderson was heavily involved in the Arkansas search over the weekend -- so much so that a source told CBSSports.com late Saturday that the two sides were close to reaching an agreement. Discussions continued Monday despite a report from ESPN.com that stated Anderson had already decided to remain at Missouri. Everything intensified Tuesday and Wednesday, at which point Arkansas secured a commitment from Anderson -- the man who assisted Nolan Richardson for 17 seasons in Fayetteville before landing his first head coaching job at UAB.
Anderson coached Missouri for five seasons.
He made the NCAA tournament each of the past three years.
Posted on: September 2, 2010 7:40 am
Edited on: September 2, 2010 8:00 am
While we wait on Kansas' Josh Selby and Kentucky's Enes Kanter, we know this: Missouri freshman Tony Mitchell will not play for the Tigers in the fall semester because he wasn't cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center in time for the start of classes, coach Mike Anderson has announced.
“Tony’s case with the NCAA Eligibility Center remains under review,” Anderson said. “However, with our fall enrollment deadline having passed, he will be unable to join our program at this time."
In other words, Mitchell -- a consensus top 20 recruit from the Class of 2010 -- hasn't quite been ruled ineligible; he's just not eligible yet thanks to multiple red flags about his academic background. Anderson said he's "hopeful" Mitchell will be cleared in time to join Missouri for the spring semester. If not, it's a development that could affect the Tigers' hope of reaching the Final Four in Houston.
Meantime, the status of Selby and Kanter -- two other consensus top 20 recruits -- remains uncertain.
Both are facing amateurism questions from the NCAA.
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 MaxPreps.com 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.
Posted on: April 16, 2010 11:37 am
Missouri's Mike Anderson met with an Oregon official Thursday night in El Paso, Texas to discuss the Ducks' coaching vacancy, The Oregonian newspaper is reporting.
A source told CBSSports.com that "someone speaking on behalf of Oregon" first approached Anderson in an informal way during Final Four weekend, but that nothing developed and he never heard back from anybody until earlier this week. Now Anderson has met with former Oregon athletic director Pat Kilkenny -- the man heading the search because Oregon doesn't currently have an AD -- in person. But it's unclear whether Anderson would accept an offer considering he rejected offers of more than $2 million per year last year from both Memphis and Georgia.
Anderson reportedly makes $1.55 million per year.
He has a team that should be ranked in the preseason Top 25 thanks to the return of Kim English and a recruiting class MaxPreps.com ranks 10th nationally. Anderson has been at Missouri four seasons. He's made the NCAA tournament each of the past two seasons.
Posted on: April 15, 2010 11:18 am
MaxPreps.com updated its team recruiting rankings for the Class of 2010 after Wednesday's developments.
The Top 10 mostly consists of traditional powers.
Anderson has had the reputation of somebody who can make a team better than its parts dating to his days at UAB, but now he's starting to get better parts thanks, in part, to associate head coach Melvin Watkins. A look at Missouri's class shows that three of the signees -- Tony Mitchell, Phil Pressey and Matt Pressey -- are from Texas, otherwise known as familar territory for Watkins, the former head coach at Texas A&M. He was also the point man in the recruitment of Ricardo Ratliffe, the nation's top junior college prospect who committed to Missouri last weekend. So Watkins has been doing good work, and it's one of the reasons Missouri seems set to be good for a while.
Posted on: September 14, 2009 1:10 am
Phil Pressey committed to Missouri on Sunday.
So that means one of my favorite players from the Class of 2010 will play for Mike Anderson.
Sure, there are better prospects in the class, better point guards even. But over the past two summers I don't think I've enjoyed watching anybody as much as I've enjoyed watching Pressey, whom Scout.com ranks as the nation's 33rd-best prospect. He's a little-bitty point guard -- a pest on the defensive end, a brilliant passer on the other. I've seen him take over games, bring two observers named LeBron James and Chris Paul out of their seats. And I was so blown away by Pressey two summers ago that I wrote a whole column about him.
You can click this link to check it out.
And Missouri fans, man, you're going to enjoy this dude.
Posted on: March 31, 2009 8:45 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2009 8:51 pm
Mike Anderson has reached an agreement in principle to remain at Missouri, sources told CBSSports.com on Tuesday night.
Missouri officials are expected to make a statement later Tuesday night.
Anderson just finished his third season at Missouri.
He made the Elite Eight this season.
Posted on: March 12, 2009 6:03 pm
Edited on: March 12, 2009 6:06 pm
And the next coach at Alabama will be ... Frank Haith?