OTC: MU Names Homeboy Kim Anderson New Hoops Coach / Reaction To Hiring Is Not Surprising

“Kim Anderson may not but one of ‘hot names’ created by media every spring but this feels like a fit. You can’t get any more @Mizzou than him.”
Fran Fraschilla, @franfraschilla, Twitter
GH: Fraschilla couldn’t be more right – and that is exactly what has a number of Mizzou basketball fans concerned – that this is another example of Mizzou being Mizzou. How else do you explain hiring a D2 coach over Ben Howland’s resume?

“I don’t know how you can explain that Kim Anderson is a better hire than Ben Howland. IN WHAT WORLD?”
Carrington Harrison, 610 AM

“It will be interesting to hear Mike Alden tell us why and how this decision came about.”
Jon Sundvold, 810 AM

“Last coach from D2 MU hired as men’s basketball coach was Norm Stewart from Northern Iowa, D2 until 1980.”
Tom Orf, @MU4124, Twitter
GH: Yes…in 1967. Bob Fescoe reminded Jayhawk fans on Twitter who were having fun with MU’s D2 hire that Phog Allen came to Kansas from a D2 school. Yes…in 1907. Big time D1 basketball programs do not hire their head coach from the D2 ranks in 2014. Wisconsin is the anomaly, not the rule. This is a HUGE gamble by Mike Alden. Gary Pinkel better keep rolling QB aces in Columbia the next five years to distract the hoops fans.

“Let this be a program. Let him plant some roots and if it doesn’t work out, so be it.”
Vahe Gregorian, on Mizzou’s choice of Kim Anderson, 810 AM
GH: What the hell kind of attitude is THAT? “If it doesn’t work out, so be it.” This ain’t Friday night bingo at Holy Name parish! This might be the most SEC comment uttered from a Mizzou writer in the history of Mizzou.  

BmV7B0gCAAAF0Of“You couldn’t get the guy you ultimately wanted so you had to settle for Kim Anderson. There’s not a lot of guys who would leave their (head coaching) situation. I don’t think from what I’ve been told that Missouri was offering a ton of money.”
Jeff Goodman, ESPN college basketball columnist, in an interview with The Drive, 610 AM
GH: Kietzman mentioned last week that he heard MU was trying to pinch pennies with this hire. It appears he may have been right. Read on.

“Kim Anderson was making 150K at UCM. Financial details of deal with #Mizzou will be out tomorrow.”
Gabe DeArmond, @GabeDeArmond, Twitter
GH: So the other candidates didn’t like the cash being offered so… “Uh, Kim. How about we raise your salary times seven or eight?”

“Every person who ever met Kim Anderson knows what a class act he is. Congratulations to him. More: congrats to Mizzou.”
Joe Posnanski, @JPosnanski, Twitter
GH: And we all know how important it is to have a class act in charge of your DI basketball program. Part of me has to wonder if all of MU’s recent embarrassing issues with their football, basketball, swimming, etc. made hiring Classy Kim a lot easier than defending a hire of Broken Ben.

“Congrats 2 Kim Anderson on being named the HC at his alma mater Excellent hire , he will bring stability and ownership back in Columbia.”
Seth Greenberg, @SethOnHoops, Twitter
GH: And if he doesn’t…so be it.

“I won’t be as mad about this if they keep (assistant coach) Tim Fuller. … Acquiring the talent is a big deal.”
Carrington Harrison, 610 AM
GH: Fuller was the best recruiter on Frank Haith’s staff. Word is he is staying.

“I’m pretty underwhelmed by the Kim Anderson signing at Missouri. Seems like the safest pick available. However, I’m fairly confident the Mizzou program will be headed in a better direction under Kim Anderson than it was under Haith.”
Peter Fleischer, @Peter_Fleischer, MU grad and Memphis sports anchor, Twitter
GH: Haith was a lame duck coach in the final year of his contract after missing the NCAA tourney. That’s not a high bar, Peter.

“Thrilled to have Coach Kim Anderson at Mizzou. Going back to the arena will still feel like home now. WELCOME!!! Can’t wait to watch.”
Laurence Bowers, @LBowers_21, Twitter
GH: Bowers is Mizzou Man through and through. You have to admire how deep his Tiger blood runs. I get the feeling he’d cheer MU hiring Truman.

“Missouri paid a search firm to hire Kim Anderson?”
Doug Gottlieb, @GottliebShow, Twitter
GH: If it is true that Mizzou spent $50K over the last two weeks to “find” Kim Anderson, I don’t know how you send them money the next time they call for donations.

“I hope Kim Anderson does great things but I doubt Mizzou fans are fired up about the hire, especially since his predecessor left for Tulsa.”
Seth Davis, @SethDavisHoops, Twitter
GH: When viewed from afar, this looks like a crazy bad skit on SNL – with the Mike Alden role played by Debbie Downer. MU hired the guy that wanted the job the last three times they went looking for a coach?

“I like (the hire). … No, I’m not coaching. But I’ll help Kim anyway I can. I’ve done that with every Missouri coach.”
Jon Sundvold, 810 AM

“I think it’s been really, really hard to like Missouri basketball since Norm.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: What made MU basketball popular under Norm was how easy his teams were to HATE! Who hated Mike Anderson when he was the coach at MU? Who even knew who Frank Haith was? MU’s mystique in the past was their Jason Sutherland persona and how opposing schools hated their tough style of play. If Anderson brings that reputation back to Mizzou Arena, he’ll fill it and then some.

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21 Responses to OTC: MU Names Homeboy Kim Anderson New Hoops Coach / Reaction To Hiring Is Not Surprising

  1. Joe Blow says:

    It’s weird how Kim Anderson has apparently failed as the MU coach as soon as he was hired.

    Seriously, give the guy a fuckin chance..

  2. Renton says:

    As a Mizzou fan, while there are names I would have preferred, I’m still happier about Anderson than I was about the Haith hire.

  3. Fred Flintstone says:

    Bottom Line…
    Mizzou hired a D2 coach.

  4. mike t. says:

    okay, so? “hiring Classy Kim a lot easier than defending a hire of Broken Ben….” is exactly right, greg. mizzou needed to right a ship that’s been faltering with no identity since norm left. this guy, hopefully, can bring some of that Missouri swagger back.

    like joe blow noted, give the guy a break and see what he can do. at the very worst, he’ll be better than haith and Anderson.

    • Joe Blow says:

      I think it’s a really good hire…and I don’t just say that with my Red & Black blinders on as a CMSU/UCM alum…it would have been a good hire 10 years ago..

  5. Juan Pablo says:

    “”mizzou needed to right a ship that’s been faltering with no identity since norm left.””
    Under Norm MU got caught cheating and had to Vacate wins.,???WTF??

  6. Juan Pablo says:

    What a joke to hire Kim, MU passed on him three times before to hire clowns like Haith.
    MU didn’t think much of him before.
    , Now he is a good coach at 60 years old??

  7. Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

    Gotta agree with Juan Pablo. If you were going to hire Kim Anderson, you should’ve done it after the Quin Snyder fiasco. Mike Alden once again shit right up his back with this hire.

  8. The Independent Rage says:

    I’ve been largely indifferent to the MU basketball program since Haith’s hiring. Today’s hiring did nothing to change that. Nice one, there, Alden. Pat yourself on the back. I (and I suspect droves of MU fans) will return to hibernation.

  9. AaronB4Mizzou says:

    Let’s face it, the diehards aren’t thrilled at all with this hire. Casual Mizzou fans seem pleased. Supposedly a lot of the big money types are pleased. One big reason Mizzou hired Anderson was to clean up the program. Each of the previous three coaches had really good moments, including Haith & Snyder, but all three had some serious issues. I think the Price trying to run down Ross in his car is the old one straw too many breaking point. Administrators and donors were tired of the issues going on and they see Anderson as the fit to clean it up and rebuild the program.

    I wanted Howland, & people are asking why he was passed over – NCAA issues and player issues. Supposedly he had players doing drugs and generally out of control. He’d also have the NCAA breathing down his neck. The man can coach, but the man would have done nothing to clean up the current reputation of Mizzou basketball.

    I think Marshall was actually in play, but the timing just wasn’t right for him to make a move.

    Many, many former players, from across the generations, seem pretty fired up about this hire. From guys who played under Haith to guys under Norm, and in between, lots of positive energy. I hope they’re right and I’ll support my Tigers no matter what.

    I think the recruiting will work itself out, depending on the staff. From what I’m hearing, Mizzou will have a pretty solid staff with ties to AAU teams and good ties to MO/regional kids.

  10. brett says:

    i’m underwhelmed by the anderson hire, but i’m willing to give the guy a chance. however, if the penny-pinching rumors are true, i question the decision-making capabilities of the mizzou athletic department.

    this school is in the midst of spending $200 million to upgrade its athletic facilities with one ultimate goal in mind: to attract the best possible athletes. but we can’t spend an extra $2 million/year to hire the hottest coaching prospect in the country (marshall)?

    i don’t care if marshall’s son is going to be a high school senior this year. if you throw $4 million at him, his son is going to have to make new friends in columbia. and if gary pinkel gets pouty b/c the new bball coach is making more than him- fine- throw gary an extra million too.

    this school is on the verge of quadrupling their yearly revenue when compared to its last year in the big
    12. they are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on facility upgrades. there is simply no excuse for penny-pinching.

  11. nick says:

    Safe hire. Anderson seems smart and won’t bolt MU if successful. Maybe the Show Me state’s version of Bo Ryan? Ryan was 6 years younger when hired at W.U., and has been able to keep Wisconsin kids in state.

    We’ll never know where Anderson ranked on Alden’s wish list, but I’d guess at least 4th or 5th.

  12. JP says:

    I believe this hire shows everyone how much the Powers that Be at Missourah value their basketball program. They are not gunning to make the Final Four or be elite. Unlike the fans, they are content to be Football First, (ala the rest of the SEC, save Kentucky).

    They are going for the slow, steady hand like a Bo Ryan at Wisconsin.as nick noted above. It will be a slow steady process, if they are going to become elite. Anderson is a good x’s and o’s coach. If he can recruit top players, they may have a chance to be elite. I do have to say if this was the guy, why waste the money on a search firm.

    • Joe Blow says:

      The only people that say Missourah are not actually from the state..

      • kcredsox says:

        Actually, the only ones I know that say Missourah are lifelong Missouri residents. I have yet to meet a transplant that says Missourah. Most of the politicians will say it depending on who they are trying to please at the time.

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