Thursday, March 24, 2011

Mike Anderson Leaves Missouri for Arkansas

Posted by CoHoops DeAnte Mitchell
After claiming he would stay at Missouri as their head coach, Mike Anderson has decided to leave the Tigers and take the head coaching job at Arkansas.

Anderson spent 17 years as an assistant at Arkansas previously under his mentor Nolan Richardson. After Richardson was fired for controversial statement, Anderson finished out the season.

During the off-season, Anderson failed to fill the head coaching vacancy after interviewing for the job, instead, Arkansas went with Stan Heath.

Anderson then went to coach at UAB, and then on to Missouri.

Anderson spent five years at Missouri and gave Mizzou fans a reason to cheer during basketball season.

He's had a winning record all five years at Mizzou, and three NCAA tournament appearances to go along with an Elite Eight berth.

Coach Anderson was in talks with Missouri about an additional two years to his contract and a raise, but the talks were withdrawn and, in the end, Anderson received a 200K raise and his 'dream job.'

"He was happy. You always want someone to be happy. You do what's best for you. Going to Arkansas was what's best for coach Anderson," said junior Laurence Bowers.

Anderson has once again took over an underachieving program but is confident he can turn things around. "I am extremely excited to once again be a part of this special university and Razorback athletics," Anderson said.

"With continued passionate support of all Razorback fans, I am confident that we will have the opportunity to succeed on and off the court and continue to build on the University of Arkansas' championship tradition."

Arkansas' recruiting class was nabbed as an top-10 recruiting class by many recruiting outlets. His first major job is keeping that talented recruiting class in-tact.

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