MU Board of Curators seek to extend Anderson; Pinkel contract
by MizzMatt - 3/22/11
Columbia, MO- The University of Missouri isn't known for big-name coaches. We have the ability of getting lackluster coaches from smaller universities and turning them into national treasures that everyone wants a piece of. Two coaches come to mind when talking about this- Gary Pinkel and Mike Anderson.
Mike Anderson took over in 2006 after coaching the UAB Blazers, and also after years of torment from the previous MU coaching staff. NCAA sanctions and regulations depleted our basketball to settling for 15-win seasons. Since Anderson took over, he's gone 111-57, marking him as the fastest coach to 100 victories at MU. A lot of disgruntled moans have erupted from Mizzou Nation over the past couple of seasons as in 2010 he was eyeballing taking the job at Oregon and even listed Memphis as a possible target. This year, it's rumored that he's eyeballing Arkansas. The MU Board of Curators are currently working on an extension for Anderson as well. In 2009, his contract was extended to a seven-year, $10.85 mil deal, and the new deal will up his annual salary of approximately $1.35 mil to nearly $2 million. After helping his mentor Nolan Richardson to a 1994 national championship, he's always listed Arkansas, his home state, as a dream job, but after years of being turned down by the Razorbacks, he wound up in Birmingham and now Columbia. Is he worth the $2 mil proposed extension? He's taken the program from the cellar and has turned us into a talented team that has been know as the "Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball."