21 March 2011

Reason for Worry?

First local story about the Anderson Saga hits mainstream
by MizzMatt - 3/21/11
Columbia, MO- It was bound to happen.  The national news outlets and some far off distant news agencies like KTUL-TV in Tulsa, OK have had a field day with it.  CBSSports has already said that Anderson has been named the new coach for the Arkansas Razorbacks.  The Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post Dispatch have run stories refuting the claims.  Mike Anderson even told the Columbia Daily Tribune that he "isn't going anywhere"...but now the stories about his possible departure have hit home.

The Tribune ran a story today titled "Mike Anderson is again weighing is options".  According to the Trib article, "The seven-year contract Anderson signed in April 2009 states that the coach must receive prior written permission from Missouri’s athletic director and chancellor before he can “actively seek, negotiate for or accept other full-time employment of any nature” during the term of the contract," but sources inside the athletic department have not divulged if he had requested or received that written permission.

A significant development occurred yesterday, however, when KSFM-TV in Fayetteville, AR reported that Jimmie Sexton (Anderson's agent) had begun talks with Razorback AD Jeff Long.  According to the report, Long had offered Anderson the job that would pay him $2 million annually, but the University of Missouri is currently working on a contract extension with Anderson, who has gone 111-57 in his first five years, including three consecutive national tournament appearances.  A deal such as that would have to be approved by the UM Board of Curators, who are meeting today and tomorrow at the Missouri S&T campus in Rolla.

For the full story from the Tribune, click the link: http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2011/mar/21/mike-anderson-is-again-weighing-his-options/?tigerextra

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