posted on March 22, 2011 09:45
All sources are now indicating that Mike Anderson will remain the head coach at Missouri into the 2011-12 basketball season.Once approved by the Curators, the contract would still have to be formally signed by Anderson. However, again, all sources indicate the deal is in place to keep Anderson in Columbia.
Sources and various media reports have all indicated that a new contract proposal from the University is currently in front of the system’s Board of Curators awaiting approval. The Board must approve any contract above a certain financial threshold. Anderson’s deal, which is being reported at $2 million per year for seven years, meets that threshold.
The Tigers are coming off a 23-11 season in which they lost 10 of their final 19 games and bowed out of the NCAA Tournament in the first round. However, the tournament appearance was Missouri’s third straight. The Tigers have won 77 games over the past three seasons. Anderson has amassed the third-best winning percentage in Big 12 play, and the tenth best in among the country’s 73 major conference schools.
The new deal comes in the wake of Arkansas’ pursuit of Anderson to return to Fayetteville, where he was an assistant coach for 17 seasons under Nolan Richardson. The Razorbacks fired John Pelphrey at the end of an 18-13 season in which they lost their final three games. Anderson’s name immediately appeared as one of the top candidates to replace Pelphrey. What is unknown is just how hard Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long pursued the Tigers’ coach.
It marked the third straight season Anderson’s job came up in coaching searches at other schools. After briefly being mentioned as a candidate at Alabama (the Tide hired Anthony Grant from VirginiaCommonwealth), Anderson turned down an offer from the University of Georgia. Missouri raised him from $850,000 per year to $1.55 million at that time. Last offseason, Anderson was courted by Oregon, but chose again to remain at Mizzou, though his contract was not renegotiated.
There is no timetable on an expected announcement of the contract agreement by Missouri, but at this time, Tiger fans can rest easy. Anderson will stay in Columbia.
Gabe DeArmond is the publisher of PowerMizzou.com, the Missouri site on the Rivals.com network. You can read his daily coverage of the Tigers online at http://missouri.rivals.com.