Missouri Gets Its Man!!!  

TTigerAtty 63M
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3/26/2006 10:43 am

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3/27/2006 5:14 am

Missouri Gets Its Man!!!

The following article appeared in the Sunday edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Missouri gets its man

By Graham Watson

Alabama-Birmingham's Mike Anderson (photo at left) is set to become Tigers' basketball coach.
(Tom Mihalek/AP)

COLUMBIA, MO. – The University of Missouri is expected to announce the hiring of Alabama-Birmingham coach Mike Anderson to replace Quin Snyder as basketball coach, multiple sources confirmed to the Post-Dispatch Saturday.

A press conference has been tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m. today.

Anderson, who spent Saturday on the Missouri campus meeting with athletics director Mike Alden and chancellor Brady Deaton, will be the first African-American head coach in the history of Missouri athletics.

Anderson's hiring comes just two days after rumors swirled about whether Alden would maintain his employment with the university. Questions still lingered even as Anderson was being interviewed. Advertisement

Sources said Anderson's six-year deal will pay him $1.3 million per year.

Missouri paid the $300,000 buyout to free Anderson from his UAB contract, which extended until 2010. Anderson was making a base salary of $600,000 with incentives of as much as $175,000.

Four days ago, Missouri obtained permission from UAB interim athletics director Richard Margison to interview Anderson. Anderson's name had been mentioned since Snyder's resignation Feb. 10, and some thought he was always at the top of Alden's list.

Early in the search process, sources within Missouri's search committee, which was dismissed Thursday, said Anderson was not high on the list of candidates because he was considered a "mid-major" coach and Missouri was looking to hire a big name.

But Anderson's style of play, dubbed "40 minutes of hell," might be the type of basketball to get fans back into the seats at Mizzou Arena.

"I knew they were going to get a good guy," said Missouri forward Marshall Brown. "I don't know much about him, but I like the style of play his teams have. I know he wins everywhere he goes. So I'm happy with the hire."

Anderson, 46, has coached at Alabama-Birmingham for the past four seasons. In each of those seasons his teams have played in a postseason tournament, including three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. He also has had at least 20 wins in each of his four seasons.

Anderson's high-pressure, swarming defense helped the Blazers lead the NCAA in steals for Anderson's first three seasons, and they were third this season.

UAB went 24-7 this year, losing to Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. In 2004, the Blazers advanced to the Sweet 16.

Before going to UAB, Anderson served for 13 years at Arkansas as assistant to coach Nolan Richardson, including the Razorbacks' NCAA championship season of 1994, and was a key recruiter for Arkansas.

Anderson played two years for Richardson at Tulsa, then served as a volunteer assistant for Richardson at Tulsa.

Anderson and his wife, Marcheita, have three children, Darcheita, Michael Jr. and Yvonne. Yvonne is a standout sophomore basketball player and was nominated for Miss Alabama Basketball this year.

The search for a Missouri coach has lasted 44 days. Iowa coach Steve Alford and Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon also were considered potential candidates for the position.

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3/26/2006 2:56 pm

The drama.................

just a squirrel trying to get a nut

TTigerAtty 63M

3/26/2006 6:12 pm

You are irreplaceable, Kat! The Dynamic Duo (Lady Kat and Lady M!

tillerbabe 57F

3/26/2006 9:10 pm

That's a HELL OF A LOT OF MONEY!!!....

TTigerAtty 63M

3/27/2006 5:14 am

tillerbabe - I told my daughter about this on Sunday, and she had the same reaction. Unfortunately, this is where we are in college sports these days. That package is by no means even close to the top of the scale! Football is getting even worse! Notre Dame, which had always taken a conservative stance on coaching salaries, would not pay a coach more than its highest paid professor for many years under the presidency of Father Hesburgh. Then, in recent years, Notre Dame fell upon hard times and did not win as they once had. They blew the limits off the top when they hired Charlie Weis, a Notre Dame grad and assistant coach for the New England Patriots, for a total package worth $7 million per year. I think he has a 4 or 5 year contract. In coming years, we will see more of these kind of packages. I'll bet we'll see a $10 million per year package within 10 years!

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