Mike Anderson: Is Tigers' Coach Staying in Missouri or Heading to Arkansas?
Conflicting Reports Leave Doubt About Mike Anderson's Future In Missouri
Depending on who you ask or what direction the wind is blowing, Missouri basketball coach Mike Anderson could be staying with the school or he is going to be the next head coach at Arkansas.
According to USA Today, Anderson has been in negotiations with Missouri about a contract extension for weeks, but Steve Owens, the school's interim president, wouldn't say whether that's true or not.
"I think it is safe to say that we are all big fans of Mike Anderson," Owens said on a conference call Tuesday morning, according to the Kansas City Star. "We appreciate very much what he does on the court and particularly off the court. But any hypothetical contract negotiations, we don't confirm either their existence or their status."
In the same report, Anderson's agent says that talks have been going on with the school for several weeks.
ESPN.com's Andy Katz has reported that sources have told him that Anderson is going to take the Arkansas job later on today.
"Arkansas officials are expected to meet with Missouri coach Mike Anderson later Wednesday and, according to sources, a contract offer and Anderson's acceptance of it appear to be a formality," Katz wrote.
Arkansas fired John Pelphrey after four seasons last week. This will be the third head coaching hire for the school since Nolan Richardson was fired in 2002. Stan Heath took over in 2003 before getting fired in 2007 and replaced by Pelphrey.
Anderson was an assistant for the Razorbacks for 17 years under Richardson. He took over the team on an interim basis after Richardson was fired in 2002.
Despite the conflicting reports, it seems more and more likely that Anderson is going to end up back in Arkansas. There doesn't seem to be anything concrete happening with Missouri, and the Razorbacks want him badly to try and restore some of the glory that they had in the Richardson era when they won a National Championship and made three Final Four appearances.
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