Our long, arduous ride has finally reached it's end. For better or worse, Kim Anderson will be the next head coach at the University of Missouri. He'll be sworn in tomorrow at 10am CST.
Missouri will soon announce that Kim Anderson is the new men's basketball coach.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) April 28, 2014
And then the school announced it so it is official as Mzzou hires one of its own. Kim Anderson.— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) April 28, 2014
Mizzou officially announced Kim Anderson as the next head basketball coach. Press conference on Tuesday at 10 a.m.— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) April 28, 2014
Missouri has hired alum and Central Missouri coach Kim Anderson. 58 years old, never been a D-1 head coach.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 28, 2014
I'll admit that I'm a bit underwhelmed by the decision, but I'll be withholding judgement until I actually have something to judge. Whether you agree with the hire or not, you have to admire how well the search was handled by Mike Alden.
According to Jason King at Bleacher Report, Gregg Marshall was in talks with Mizzou officials, but the two sides couldn't come together.
Wichita Sts Greg Marshall spoke w/ Mizzou officials about Tigers job last weekend but the sides couldn't reach an agreement, sources told BR— Jason King (@JasonKingBR) April 28, 2014
Via @todpalmer, agent for Gregg Marshall said he visited w/Alden but timing was off to even consider move b/c of top 10 team & son in HS— Chris Fickett (@ChrisFickett) April 28, 2014
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Sounds like it would've taken a Pinkel-sized contract to get Marshall. We s'posed to be SEC now, can't pay no hoopty coach footbawl money.</p>— Jack Peglow (@ArmchairAnlyst) <a href="https://twitter.com/ArmchairAnlyst/statuses/460894869775323136">April 28, 2014</a></blockquote>
Some quotes from Dave Matter over at the Post-Dispatch:
This kabuki dance is over. We now know who will lead our Tigers next year. Welcome to Columbia, Coach Anderson, and good luck.
-- Update --
It looks like Alden's next course of action will be keeping Tim Fuller in Columbia. There's some conflicting information floating around on how successful that endeavor will be.
No confirmation from Missouri but source tells me he believes Tim Fuller is staying to work on Kim Anderson's staff— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) April 28, 2014
"From what I understand Tim Fuller has never met Kim Anderson and is weighing a head coaching offer." - @GoodmanESPN— Danny Parkins (@DannyParkins) April 28, 2014
It seems to be generally agreed upon that Anderson's success may hinge upon assembling a solid supporting cast. Locking down Fuller would certainly go a long way towards doing that.
Current and former players react:
Legendary Miz coach Norm Stewart thrilled by hiring of protege Kim Anderson— Vahe Gregorian (@vgregorian) April 28, 2014
Stewart says timing is excellent, praises MU administration, expects will do great job. Then laughs and says ... "and then you go to work."— Vahe Gregorian (@vgregorian) April 28, 2014
Says spoke with Anderson. Long pause, adds, "I have to tell you there is emotion involved in this because I've known him since 8th grade."— Vahe Gregorian (@vgregorian) April 28, 2014
Thrilled to have Coach Kim Anderson at Mizzou. Going back to the arena will still feel like home now.WELCOME!!! Can't wait to watch #MIZ— Laurence Bowers (@LBowers_21) April 28, 2014
Beyond excited to have one of our very own back home. Truly knows what MISSOURI basketball is all about.— Ryan Rosburg (@RyRos44) April 28, 2014