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Missouri Tigers hire Kim Anderson as head coach

The Missouri Tigers do not have time to worry about Frank Haith doing Frank Haith things elsewhere. The school, after speculation ran rampant on social media, has finally announced the hiring of Kim Anderson as their brand spanking new head coach.

Who is Kim Anderson, you ask? Well, he spent the last 12 years coaching the heck out of the kids at Central Missouri. Yeah, yeah, Central Missouri is a D-II school, but he did lead them to three (Division II) Final Fours and the 2014 (Division II) National Title.

Not sold yet, Missouri fan?

Anderson was an assistant with the school. Before that, well, he played hoops for the Tigers. All-in-all, Anderson is as much a Missouri Tiger as the gosh slam mascot. He just so happens to have zero Division I head coaching experience. But hey, ask Jim Tressel what he thinks about the lack of D-I experience being a thing of importance.

I am not going to lie and say I know a ton about Anderson’s coaching acumen. However, many have said that he is an incredible on-the-court coach, but will really need help in the recruiting aspect of his game.

As with everything, time will tell if this happened to be a good hire for Missouri.

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  • 6is9

    Smart hire. Great coach. The Missouri basketball program needs no single thing more than stability. I think Kim Anderson would be a great hire for any program. The man can coach basketball. He’s a seasoned, consistently successful coach who knows how to win in the postseason.
    That he is a Missouri alum, knows the Missouri basketball tradition from the inside as a former player for Norm Stewart, knows the program’s travails since the old coach stepped down, and who doesn’t have to convince anyone he really wants to be there, makes him that much more of a perfect fit for Mizzou.

    It’s a mistake to demean the kind of success Anderson has had because it was in Division II. There a numerous examples of similarly successful coaches from high school, juco, and the two lower NCAA divisions rising to great acclaim in Division I. Look no further than Wisconsin, who hired a Division III coaching legend Bo Ryan a decade ago and have won three of every four games since, nowvregularly beat the historically elite Big Ten programs, and this year hung out a lot in the Top 10, and made a trip to the Final Four.