Missouri tabs Anderson as men’s basketball coach
Columbia, MO (Sports Network) – The University of Missouri will reportedly
name Mike Anderson its next men’s basketball coach at a Sunday afternoon press
The Alabama-Birmingham head coach will replace Quin Snyder, according to the
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and in the process become the first African-American
head coach in the history of Missouri athletics.
The 46-year-old Anderson led the Blazers to the NCAA Tournament in three of
his four seasons at the helm. UAB’s 2005 campaign ended in a first-round NCAA
Tournament loss to Kentucky in the Washington, D.C. bracket.
After building UAB into a perennial Conference USA contender, Anderson takes
his “40 minutes of hell” style to Columbia in hopes of resurrecting a once
proud basketball program ridden by scandal and on-court failure over Snyder’s
final three seasons.
Anderson’s reckless, swarming defensive philosophy spurred the Blazers to at
least 20 wins in each of his four seasons as head coach. UAB advanced to the
Sweet 16 in 2004.
Missouri struggled to a 12-16 campaign this season, including embarrassing
losses to Sam Houston State and Davidson. Snyder resigned under constant
pressure and building scrutiny on February 10.
Athletic director Mike Alden had been in pursuit of a successor ever since,
and the newspaper reports that Iowa head coach Steve Alford and Pittsburgh
head coach Jamie Dixon also were considered as Snyder’s possible replacement.
Dixon’s current contract was extended for three seasons on Saturday, keeping
him at Pittsburgh through the 2012-2013 season.