Mike Anderson: Missouri Coach Reportedly Close to Arkansas Head Coaching Job
Mike Anderson Close To Leaving Missouri For Arkansas Job, According To Reports
Mike Anderson has been a hot coaching name the last couple of weeks after the Missouri Tigers were knocked out in the Round of 64.
And despite the efforts of the university to keep him around, the Associated Press is now reporting Anderson is close to becoming the next head coach at Arkansas, stating a source that told the AP "it's not a done deal yet, but it's getting close."
Anderson would definitely be an attractive hire for the Razorbacks, who took over Missouri basketball after the Quin Snyder era and turned it from a down program back into one of the better programs in the Big 12. In five seasons at Mizzou, Anderson went 111-57 and took the Tigers to an Elite Eight in 2009 according to the AP report.
But perhaps more attractive to Arkansas is his links to legendary Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson as a long-time assistant on top of his work at Missouri.
If this turns out to be true, then it's a great hire for the Razorbacks. It's a coach who understands the pressure to win at Arkansas and the tradition of the program. And if he can hit the ground running, he has the ability to turn the Razorbacks around.
The SEC isn't exactly a mecca of college basketball save for Kentucky and Florida, and especially in the SEC West where it's Alabama and everyone else. Auburn has struggled for a while, LSU hasn't been relevant since the Tyrus Thomas days and the Mississippi schools are up and down.If he can land some recruits, all of a sudden Arkansas has a chance to be extremely competitive in that division.
Would he be able to compete with Kentucky and Florida? Maybe not right away. But if he does decide to go back to Arkansas, all of a sudden the Razorbacks look a lot better.
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