Missouri coach Mike Anderson speaks during an NCAA college basketball news conference in Buffalo, N.Y.,Saturday, March 20, 2010. Missouri plays West Virginia in a second-round game on Sunday. (AP Photo/ Mike Groll) By Mike Groll
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- The University of Missouri has given permission for basketball coach Mike Anderson to speak with Oregon about a head coaching job with the Ducks.
Missouri spokesman David Reiter says permission was given Thursday night. Anderson is in El Paso, Texas, to play in a charity golf tournament run by his former mentor, Nolan Richardson.
Reiter told The Associated Press he expects Anderson to make some kind of statement later Friday. He says it's fairly routine for the university to give permission to another school to talk with one of its coaches.
Anderson coached the Tigers to a school record 31 wins in the 2008-09 season. He was given a seven-year contract extension after leading the team to the regional finals in the NCAA tournament.