Just because Matt Painter turned down an offer from Missouri, that does not mean Mike Alden should not go after another big name coach. I have compiled a list of the other coaches being mentioned as potential candidates to replace Mike Anderson. With each coach is a rundown of their resume as a head coach, as well as a brief breakdown of their coaching history and what they bring to the table.
In waiting for Painter, Missouri did lose out on a couple of big name candidates: Buzz Williams and Cuonzo Martin.
Williams, who signed a large extension with Marquette shortly after Painter announced he would remain with Purdue, may not have even been on Missouri's list, but he would have excited the fans and would have been a solid hire.
In an unprecedented move, Cuonzo Martin was hired by Tennessee to replace Bruce Pearl. The East Saint Louis native was actually favored by some over Painter. Personally, I think Alden should have at least approached Martin. He was successful at MO State and the upside he would have brought to Missouri in terms of recruiting is unmatched by most of the other candidates. I believe he would have immediately started to seal the borders in Missouri and tapped into the growing pool of talent in Saint Louis.
With these two potential candidates off the table, here are the other candidates for the Missouri head coaching job.