When you woke up and got out of bed this morning, chances are, this is probably what you did not say: “Man, I hope Missouri hires that Frank Haith guy from Miami.”
But that’s exactly what Missouri has done, as Haith is leaving Miami to replace Mike Anderson in Columbia.
Per ESPN.com‘s Andy Katz:
Haith and Missouri athletic director Mike Alden met in Houston on Saturday, just days after Alden was turned down by Purdue coach Matt Painter. Haith and Alden have discussed a multiyear contract in the 6-year range. Missouri officials are scheduled to meet late Monday night to confirm terms of the contract.
Look, I like Haith. I mean, he was in a tough situation at Miami in terms of building lasting success there. But let’s be honest. This hire is very underwhelming.
I’m not saying he can’t be successful. However, given the fact that the Tigers were so close to hiring someone like Matt Painter, who has won 25+ games for four straight seasons, it’s somewhat surprising that Missouri wouldn’t take their money and flaunt it at a bigger name.
Surely Mike Alden at least gauged interest in guys like Shaka Smart and Gregg Marshall right?
Smart would have been the perfect replacement for Anderson, as aggressive defensive pressure and up tempo style is what made VCU so successful in the NCAA Tournament. I don’t necessarily believe Missouri could have gotten him, but I’d at least like to know that they made the attempt.
Normally, I try not to judge a hire before the coach gets a chance to do something with the program. And I don’t think I’m going another route here.
I just find this more baffling than anything, simply because we know the amount of money that Missouri was willing to put on the table for someone like Painter, only to hire a guy that no one has even considered at any point during this coaching search. It leaves you scratching your head.
The good thing for Haith though is that the Tigers currently have a lot of talent coming back, and they are probably a Top 25 team next year with the talent that they have in place.
So now we’ve got two ACC openings in Miami and N.C. State. The latter is obviously the more attractive position.
If the N.C. State administration thought they’d lose one of their top candidates to Missouri, well, they’re probably breathing a sigh of relief right now.
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