Mike Anderson Staying With Missouri: Gets New Seven-Year Contract

Robert HollandCorrespondent IMarch 31, 2009

COLUMBIA, MO - FEBRUARY 09:  Head coach Mike Anderson of the Missouri Tigers reacts from the bench during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on February 9, 2009 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

It's now official, Mike Anderson has decided to stay with Missouri and continue the legacy he started there in March of 2006. 

Today has literally been a roller coaster in the ranks of college basketball coaches.  The news wires and the web have been on fire all day with the main characters being John Calipari, Mike Anderson, Damon Evans, Memphis State, Kentucky, and Georgia.

John Calipari met with officials from The University of Kentucky in Chicago over the weekend to discuss details of him taking over the head coaching position.  The problem with that is Memphis State, and the void that he will leave.

Calipari, who earns $2.3 million a year at Memphis, would receive a significant raise that would make him among the highest-paid college coaches. Florida’s Billy Donovan, who said he was not interested in the Kentucky job, earns $3.5 million a year, and is the highest-paid coach in college basketball.

And as of this moment, according to the New York Times:

"Memphis Coach John Calipari will become the new coach at the University of Kentucky, according to a long-time friend of Calipari’s. An announcement could come Wednesday."

Then late this morning we have Mike Anderson's name hitting the wire, and lighting up the web with reports of his agent meeting with Damon Evans, The University of Georgia's athletic director. 

This created a whirlwind of blogging, news releases, and up to the second reporting of what Anderson was going to do.

But then Missouri reported they were also in talks with Anderson to try to work out a deal that would keep him there and continue building the program he took over in 2006.  Missouri, you have to believe, was very motivated to keep Anderson because the program he took over was literally a disaster - much like Georgia's program now.

And as of this minute, as I reported here, Mike Anderson finally decided to stay with Missouri and continue building his program.

The day has been hectic, fast moving, and sometimes hard to follow because of the flurry of information regarding these key figures and universities that were tied up in war for college basketball coaches. 

But I think by tomorrow morning all should be settled, and we just need to listen to ESPN radio, or even watch SportsCenter tonight, and we'll get what I predict to be the final word for most of the story.

The only outstanding issue now is, what does Georgia do about their basketball program?  Who are they going to target next, and how long is it going to take them to come up with a new prospect to take over the basketball program.

I know one thing's for sure, the Georgia Bulldog basketball fan base is growing tired and weary of this issue dragging on, and Damon Evans might start getting some push back from the press if a head coach isn't found soon.