OTC: MU Coaching Search Rumors Make For Bad Radio

“I didn’t watch the second half of the season to be honest with you. For me, I just want to see them play hard and give everything they’ve got. But they didn’t put effort out. This year was just hard for me to watch to be honest with you.”
Jason Sutherland, former Missouri guard under Norm Stewart, in an interview with The Border Patrol when asked about Frank Haith’s final season at Missouri, 810 AM
GH: This is why so many Mizzou basketball fans cheered the news Frank Haith was leaving for Tulsa. The Missouri Tigers had lost their growl and another season under Haith was not going to get it back.

“The next (Missouri basketball) coach better go to the Final Four in the next five years or Mike Alden has to be let go. The Final Four is not the riddle that Missouri fans think it is.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: Petro still doesn’t understand college athletics. If Gary Pinkel keeps winning in the SEC in football, Mike Alden isn’t going anywhere but to the bank. That might not sit well with some MU fans but that is the reality of college sports today. Football matters and everything else is just everything else.

“What we do know is that Kim Anderson was telling people he had verbally been offered the (Mizzou) job.”
Danny Parkins, on his Friday show, 610 AM
GH: Harrison sent out a tweet Friday before their show promoting a big news story on the MU coaching search. What we got was simply garbage. And not even warmed over garbage. Just garbage. Read on.

“Just hold on a second, we are not reporting that Kim Anderson has accepted this job.”
Danny Parkins, on his Friday show, responding to a caller who thought from Parkins’ and Carrington Harrison’s report on Friday that the Central Missouri coach had accepted the MU job, 610 AM
GH: That is how this report came off from Parkins and Harrison, like they were breaking the news that Anderson would be the new MU coach. They didn’t report that but their audience perceived them as reporting it. Either way, it was sensationalist radio that just doesn’t work for me.

“(Anderson) has since denied that to us on an on-the-record statement, which comes as no surprise.”
Danny Parkins, on his Friday show, 610 AM
GH: So Parkins has Anderson’s denial but STILL goes live with this bogus report? Kevin Kietzman is having more of an influence on 610 than I thought.

“Our source relayed to us that he believed (Friday) morning that it was falling apart with Kim Anderson.”
Danny Parkins, on his Friday show, 610 AM
GH: So in the span of a few minutes, Parkins and Harrison go from Anderson saying he was verbally offered the Mizzou job to him denying it and their source saying the talks have broken down. This is what you call bad radio – even for 610 Sports.

“If that (Oklahoma City) coach Scott Brooks gets fired, then Bill Self is going to be a candidate and he will HAVE to put out a statement! All I know is it will be a wild time in Kansas City if that job comes open. It’s going to be wild! There’s going to be a lot of people on the edge of their seats! … I don’t know if there would EVER be a better opportunity than this! This thing is ready-made to go win a championship!”
Kevin Kietzman, on Bill Self as a hire this off-season for Oklahoma City and the NBA, 810 AM
GH: Maybe KK heard Parkins’ and Harrison’s open on Friday and wanted to one-up them with a baseless report.

“I’m in sports talk radio. I’m always looking for a big story.”
Kevin Kietzman, explaining to Kevin Harlan how and why he is floating this Bill Self to Oklahoma City story, 810 AM
GH: Remember these comments from KK the next time he “breaks” another story.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better showing. I know I was capable of it, but it’s just awesome to finally get the opportunity and showcase my skills here at this level. … As soon as I found out I was going against (Tampa Bay’s David) Price, I thought to myself, ‘What an opportunity. There’s no better chance to showcase my skills and get to go against one of the best guys, a Cy Young winner.’ I just happened to be better than him today. It’s a fun experience, and I’m just so happy to do it.”
Scott Carroll, the 29-year-ol former Liberty HS quarterback, basketball star and pitcher, after toiling for more than a decade in the minors and rehabbing from Tommy John surgery two years ago, AP
GH: How about this local kid finally getting his break in The Show and producing at the age of 29? Here is a link to YahooSports.com story on Carroll.

“Coming up, the most overused and over-talked about phrases in sports. That’s next!”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: This from the most cliché sports talk radio show in Kansas City. Fescoe’s show has gone from crazy talk to just boring.

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19 Responses to OTC: MU Coaching Search Rumors Make For Bad Radio

  1. Chuck says:

    Yeah, reach the final four in the next five years or he should be fired? That’s absurd. Bill Self, who Soren Petro worships has reached the final four twice in his long coaching career.

  2. Bob says:

    You must have been out of town when KK could not believe that nobody agreed with him that Danny Manning would take the Missouri job in a second had he not already signed with Wake Forest. It was just a mind-numbingly stupid opinion.

  3. Johnny Utah says:

    Great column today. Funny how all the quotes from the radio professionals are idiocy, while the only truth is from the ex-athlete.

  4. Mike says:

    Not much good can happen when you race to be first (instead of right) in anything related to college coaching updates. There are too many people who think they have insider info (read: boosters, no matter their clout) that the info they have is typically warbled by the time they even receive it. It makes getting two independent, verifiable sources that much more critical in matters like these, and sometimes even that’s not enough. Only in big time college sports does this happen.
    I rarely hear of these clusterf’s in the pro levels, because there’s not 1000 people claiming to have an iron in the fire.

  5. JP says:

    OTC: MU Coaching Search Rumors Make For Bad Radio

    A very prescient column Greg. The last 30 minutes of Petro’s show was a total clownshow act, discussing rumors, mentioning coaching candidates that weren’t necessarily true, just to drop names. For some perverted reason, Petro and Sieboldt love to drop names on their show for no reason. It was some of the worst radio, and will someone please tell Soren Petro that he is so NOT FUNNY!!

    • doctor_323 says:

      The worst hour of radio has to be the 9:00 hour Fridays on 810 when Frank Boal joins the Border Patrol.

      • BlackJack says:

        Worst 30-minutes of sports talk radio: The Racin’ Boys, on Kietzman’s show at 3-3:30 on Wednesdays (I think). NASCAR just does not go over on the radio whatsoever.

    • Mike says:

      I think that last segment maybe missed your mark. I think they were making some fun of the situation, and how there had been no info for so long. That’s why they took to reading some absurd emails to close the last 10-15 minutes of the show, along with calls.
      It wasn’t a serious segment. Even I could tell that. I found it amusing, a chuckle even…

  6. D says:

    I’ll tell you what else is bad radio. An entire segment about the KState spring game. I couldn’t turn the dial fast enough when that came on 810 this morning.

    • sporty says:

      I enjoyed that segment thoroughly! Now, when they start talking Ku “football” or Mu football, click, goes my radio dial. I can’t wait for K-State football!

  7. mike t. says:

    espn sources – Kim Anderson. if this holds true, no big surprise. not the sexy out of the box thinking hire, but maybe for mizzou a good choice for now.

  8. BlackJack says:

    Well, it was Kim Anderson all along. Maybe that’s why there was not any serious movement or talks with anyone else, because they were focused on Anderson from the beginning.

    • mike t says:

      if he’s successful, win-win-win – for him, mizzou and, in general, the program. if he loses, mizzou can say, “well, no div 1 experience, etc.” safe pick for alden.

  9. nick says:

    Just heard on 610 that Anderson will be the oldest coach in the SEC. That, combined with zero Div. 1 experience, seems risky. Maybe he’ll be the next Bo Ryan, but seems doubtful.

    • Java Man says:

      Not exactly “zero” DI experience. He was an assistant for 6 years at Baylor and another 8 at MU.
      Why do some people think that Bill Self can just walk into a NBA job start winning championships at the next level, but a DII can’t step up a level and do the same?

  10. PV_Pathfinder says:

    $40k for a search committee to hire a coach 100 miles down the road.

  11. Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

    Complete and total failure by Mike Alden.

    • sporty says:

      Wow, how about giving the dude a chance before calling him a failure. If memory serves me right, Mu peeps were calling for Gary Pinkels head on more than one occasion.

  12. Poodymilk says:

    You wanna talk about bad sports talk radio? I was in Houston all last week. Our old pal nick wright is on down there. On Friday him and his cohorts were talking about who at their station they thought had the biggest cock.

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