COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMOV) -- Before he even stepped onto the court for Saturday’s game, Kim Anderson had had a busy morning. He suspended Montaque Gill-Caeser and Namon Wright for violating team rules. They became the sixth and seventh players Anderson has suspended this season.
“I’ve said this before,” said Anderson after the Tigers' game against Texas A&M. “I’m going to get this done. The University of Missouri basketball program has high standards for how its student athletes will conduct themselves. I will re-evaluate their status at a later point.”
Without Gill-Caesar and Norman, Mizzou suffered its ninth straight defeat. They’ve lost their last four, with three of those at home, by an average of 18 points.
“Losing is always tough,” said guard Wes Clark. “Whether it’s by five or by 20. It still counts as one loss.”
That makes 16 losses for the season, and a 1-9 record in the SEC. The only conference victory came in overtime against LSU. Anderson, in his first year on the Tigers sideline, seems more disappointed with his players off the court than on it.
“It’s really disappointing as a coach,” said Anderson. “Part of our job as coaches, it’s obviously to win basketball games, but part of our job is to help these guys grow up.”
Anderson hasn’t said what the suspended players did, but their actions left Mizzou with just eight scholarship players available during the 22 point loss to Texas A&M in Columbia.
Anderson was use to winning at Central Missouri State. In his 12 seasons there he won 75 percent of his games and a division two National championship last year. When he accepted the Missouri job he knew the program was thin on talent, but probably wasn’t expecting to deal with so many disciplinary issues.
Anderson said, “We’re going to do it the right way as long as I’m here. As long as I’m sitting in this spot we’re going to do it the right way. We’re going to try to do it the right way. Obviously we haven’t done it the right way yet, but we’re going to try. I’m just disappointed.”
Frank Haith surprised a lot of people when he resigned as Missouri’s head coach after a three year run, and record of 76-26. When he left for Tulsa he must have known that Mizzou was in for some lean years.
Now Kim Anderson has his hands full trying to re-build the once proud basketball program.