It is now being reported that Missouri and Kim Anderson are parting ways at the end of the season. While the official word is that Anderson is “stepping down”, it isn’t hard to put two and two together to realize that he was probably asked to step down or he would be fired. This is a classic move used by athletic directors to not have to outright fire someone that means something to the program and university as a whole.
While just about everyone knows just how bad the Missouri Tigers have been in basketball the past few seasons, it was important to remember what head coach Kim Anderson inherited when he started there. Anderson took the helm at Mizzou after Frank Haith left for Tulsa. Haith was the subject of an ongoing internal investigation at Missouri that would eventually uncover several infractions during his time there, and a vacated 2013-14 season.
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— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) March 5, 2017
Kim Anderson once called the Missouri head coaching position his dream job. But for a dream job, he didn’t do much to keep it. Anderson’s record at Missouri heading into the conference tournament this season is 26-67, including a miserable 8-46 record in the SEC. Anderson’s Tiger squads finished dead last in the SEC in all three of his seasons. One crazy stat to me, is that Anderson only needed 26 wins to reach 300 total for his career when he came to Missouri in 2014. It took him three complete seasons to hit that mark. 3 seasons to get exactly 26 wins. For reference, John Calipari has only had less than 26 wins on a season once since 2005. Here is a look at what Anderson did in his three years at Mizzou.
While I wish the best for Kim Anderson in the future, I think this move is good for the SEC overall. If we want the SEC to compete at the top level in basketball, a new chain of coaches need to come in to improve the bottom feeder schools. We’ve seen some uptick in the recruiting from the SEC in the past season or two, due to some higher quality coaches being hired, but it will definitely take time to get the SEC back to not being the door mat for a lot of other conferences.
Hopefully, Missouri can bring in a solid coach that wants to bring some winning ways to a struggling program.