Vaughn: Kim Anderson deserves chance at Mizzou

Vaughn: Kim Anderson deserves chance at Mizzou

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COLUMBIA, MO - MARCH 05: Missouri Tigers fans raise their arms during a free throw during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Mizzou Arena on March 5, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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by Doug Vaughn / Missouri Basketball App

KMOV.com

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 23 at 11:59 AM

What are they waiting for at Mizzou? Hire Kim Anderson as the new basketball coach already. What more does this guy have to do? Why exactly, isn’t he the perfect candidate? 

Seems to me Anderson is the logical choice, even if Wichita State’s Greg Marshall is the hottest name out there. Anderson is a born and bred Missourian from Sedalia. He was a terrific player for the Tigers. He was the Big 8 conference player of the year in 1977. He served as an assistant coach for 13 seasons under Norm Stewart. Anderson has had a highly successful 12 year run as head coach at Central Missouri, making three final four appearances and winning the Division II national championship this season. With that kind of coaching track record it’s clear he’s a good “x’s and o’s” guy.  He didn’t get to the Final Four because of one good player or two, he did it with an entirely different cast of characters. 

The skeptics are wondering whether a 58 year old coach can recruit national caliber high school players. Well, how many national caliber high schoolers has Mizzou been attracting in recent years? Not many. They’ve been unable under Frank Haith, Mike Anderson and Quinn Snyder to even recruit the top prospects in the St. Louis area. It’s not like Kim Anderson has to keep that pipeline alive to build a winner. There is no pipeline. Perhaps Anderson, with his many years building contacts in Missouri, can turn that around and put together a Mizzou roster with at least a few Missouri players. He should also be able to bring back some of those old school, well-heeled alumni to Mizzou Arena and fill up the court side seats. 

If Mizzou Athletic Director Mike Alden is able to convince Greg Marshall to take the job, that’s one thing. But if he by-passes Kim Anderson for another no name coach (like Frank Haith) it would seem to be a real injustice. It seems to me Anderson is everything you’d want in a head coach at Mizzou. To not give him the chance at this point might further alienate Alden from a fan base frustrated with his last three basketball coaching hires. 

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