MJ on Mizzou: Worth the chance

MJ on Mizzou: Worth the chance

On Monday, Missouri hired former Tiger Kim Anderson (right) as its basketball coach, replacing Frank Haith. We asked beat writer Marcus Jackson to weigh in on Mizzou’s choice. 

Kim Anderson wasn’t among the hot names mentioned when jobs come available, so to the average person, this might not look like a very inspiring hire. A guy coming from the Division II level to coach in a major conference? That can’t work, right?

Sure it can. Look at what’s happened in Madison, Wis. All Bo Ryan has done is finish in the top four of the Big Ten all 13 seasons he’s been there, including a Final Four run this past season after spending 15 of the previous 17 seasons at Division III Wisconsin-Platteville. At Division II Central Missouri, Anderson won 75 percent of his games, including a national championship this season. His first order of business will be retaining assistant coach Tim Fuller, a big-time recruiter. A Missouri graduate, Anderson might be the right fit, even if initially it doesn’t sound like a grand-slam hire.


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