Time for Missouri to execute backup plan
Missouri needs to go to its backup plan in its coaching search
after Matt Painter’s decision to stay at Purdue.
Mike Anderson left the Tigers last week to take the job at
Missouri had offered a package worth about $2 million to keep
Anderson and to lure Painter, the three-time Big Ten coach of the
year, who ended up with an eight-year extension to stay put in West
Despite losing out on Painter, Missouri remains an attractive
Depending on who transfers, Anderson’s replacement could have 10
returning players from a running, pressing team that was among the
highest scoring schools in the country.
Junior guard Marcus Denmon was among the Big 12’s best guards
with a 16.9-point average and four others who averaged in double
figures have eligibility remaining.
The Tigers made the NCAA tournament in Anderson’s last three
seasons, including an Elite Eight appearance, rising from the mess
at the end of the Quin Snyder era. The three-year total of 77 wins,
padded by easy early season wins, is the best in school
Among Missouri’s selling points is its status as undisputed top
dog in the state.
Junior guard Kim English urged calm on Twitter.
”Mizzou fans relax,” English said on Englishscope24. ”We will
be ok. We will have a coach, and he’s gonna help lead us to great
things. Be patient, it’ll all wrk out.”
Missouri athletic director Mike Alden has been quiet since the
start of the search, and did not return a telephone message from
A person to watch is Ben Jacobson, who led Northern Iowa to
three straight Missouri Valley titles before last season. Jacobson
would be considered that conference’s best Xs and Os man even if
Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin was still at Missouri State.
A potential in-state candidate could be Kim Anderson, Norm
Stewart’s former right-hand man, who’s been a big success at
Division II Central Missouri State. Anderson has a .746 winning
percentage, going 185-63, including five seasons of 24 or more