Crean. He did it at Indiana, turning a disastrous situation into a conference champion. He can recruit at a national level.
Barnett, Puryear, Walton, Phillips. I don't think you give up on some others. VanLeer can play a role on a team. Mitchell Smith, if he recovers, can develop into a productive big man. Hughes has shown he's capable of scoring 20 points. Can he develop into a more reliable scorer?
You can make a case Mizzou overpaid for a D-2 coach, so I don't think you can fault Missouri for paying Anderson only $1.1 million. Now, will they pay up for a new coach? I'm told there could be some reservations from the curators going over $3 million, but there's also some thought that they understand the need to be much more competitive with the salary. Truth is probably somewhere in the middle. The Governor's higher education budget cuts weighs on the minds of the curators when it comes to spending millions on athletics. They understand it can be bad optics.
Mike Anderson on Kim Anderson: "Time wasn’t on his side. Kim’s a tremendous person, a tremendous coach and a friend of mine."
The setup is different. Sterk didn't make a hoops hire at San Diego State, so it's been a while since he had to manage a basketball search. He hired Dick Bennett at Washington State then oversaw the transition from Dick to his son Tony. So, really, the last outside men's basketball hire he made was a curveball, luring Dick Bennett out of retirement when he was 60 years old. Don't forget: Sterk's mentor is Duke AD Kevin White. Obviously Kevin hasn't had to make a basketball hire at Duke. And he didn't make a hire at Notre Dame before that. But he knows the industry and has obvious connections to everyone in the Duke family. Here's a name I haven't heard mentioned from a Mizzou source but have heard it from someone else in the industry: Chris Collins. He's done an amazing job at Northwestern. He is very close to the White family, including Mizzou associate AD Brian. Doug Collins knows Mizzou's program. He was close to Quin back in the day and had Quin on his staff in Philly not too long ago. I'm not saying he's a candidate, but it would be easy to connect the dots if his name surfaces.
If Kim coaches at another school, it's not going to be at a program better than Missouri, so it's not like a transfer would follow him to a better place. But maybe they'd go somewhere at a lower level or a different situation where they'd get more playing time. But at this point, no, I haven't heard of any players looking to leave. That could obviously change.
I understand that notion. From what I've gathered the interest in Ford is mostly tied to his recruiting success at SLU. It would probably be expected that he brings those players with him or can nail down the 2018 local targets.
I'd take a hard pass. Marshall plays this game every year. And he never leaves. I wouldn't waste my time with a situation that leads to a dead end. Now, I guess it can't hurt to try, but a coach like Marshall doesn't want just a phone call. He doesn't budge unless he's convinced you're all in on him making a huge commitment to make you the No. 1 choice. Here's what a industry source told me on Marshall: "You have to start at $4 million to get him to pick up the phone and I don't think Missouri goes that high."
I don't think you hire Martin BECAUSE he's a local guy. It's a factor because it's a reason you can get him to listen. That's what makes him a target, because it's an incentive for him, not necessarily for Mizzou. He's not a perfect candidate, but he's shown he can recruit at Cal despite tougher academic standards that he won't face at Missouri. I think he's a very solid candidate. I think he can go toe to toe with Travis Ford for the local recruits.
Missouri is just the second high-major team to officially fire its coach, so Mizzou does have a jump on a lot of teams.
Not all boosters are the same, so I wouldn't paint them all with the same broad brush. I'd say the ones who have a lot of influence pay close attention to what's going on with the program.
He checks a lot of boxes, but like I said earlier, he'll command a high price. And Baylor would probably spend a lot to keep him.
Would Coach K give his blessing to one of his guys take the Missouri job? Here's a possible scenario - just spit-balling here: Kevin White knows that Capel has no shot at the Duke job post-K. Encourage son Brian to look at Capel and encourage Capel to consider Mizzou. It would make a lot of sense. But, that said, I haven't heard his name connected to the search. He did a nice job at Oklahoma at the start but things fizzled on his watch.
My glasses are dark brown, so I think I can answer this objectively. It's a good job that has the potential to be great. Hungry fan base that has the numbers population-wise to fill a relatively big arena when things are going well. Good modern facility. Sterk is generally well liked. He doesn't micromanage his coaches. Missouri has a strong tradition but not one where you're always overshadowed by the past. The SEC is a power conference with great national exposure and revenue potential - without being a brutally competitive league. You can win here in a hurry.
Both. They've won multiple national titles in the last 50 years. Three Final Fours. NC State is always going to be in the shadow of Duke and UNC, but there's still great potential there.
Quick break here to listen to Kim Anderson on the conference call.
Kim Anderson just spoke on the SEC call. Said Sterk told him he was done the day Mizzou left Columbia for the Ole Miss game, so he's known during each of the last three games.
Anderson understands why he was fired but believed they could have improved next year. He indicated Mizzou had some experienced players (transfers) possibly in line to join the team.
Anderson says he'd like to get back into coachng but needs some time to step back and catch his breath.
Sorry, not on my radar right now. I'll revisit football here at some point.
I'll take a few more questions before it's time to write.
Possibly. Cuonzo might be setting up a bidding war between the two schools.
He'd be a great fit and a great hire. He's hard on his players. He yells a lot. Just like ... Norman Eugene Stewart. The players who can take it love him. He's actually a really warm, engaging guy off the court.
I can see both sides of the argument. If tuition is going up to make up for the drop in enrollment and revenue, you can understand why it doesn't look great to be spending so much $ on athletics. But if you step back from the real world and evaluate the fantasy land that is college athletics, the same economic rules and concepts don't apply. There are curators who understand that about modern college sports.