After three seasons, all last place SEC finishes, Kim Anderson will step down as head men’s basketball coach at Missouri. Though Anderson is a graduate of and former player at Missouri, he was never able to get the program off the ground and the Tigers were just 26-67 during his tenure.
This past offseason, to kick off Missouri’s “Halloween and Hoops” event, Anderson went a bit viral after rising from a literal coffin. Meant to show that the program was not dead, the Tigers actually finished this past season with an even worse record that the two previous.
In addition to being a Mizzou alum, Anderson was former Tigers assistant and returned to Columbia in 2014 following twelve seasons at Division II Central Missouri. Just a month before accepting the position, Anderson’s team won the 2014 Division II NCAA National Championship. He will leave at the end of the season, leaving open the possibility for him to coach the Tigers next week in the SEC Tournament.
The Missouri job should be an attractive one this offseason. The program is now four years removed from the violations from previous head coach Frank Haith, which resulted in the entire 2013-14 season being vacated and created a dark cloud over the opening last time around. The SEC is pretty open, outside of Kentucky and Florida, so a new coach could really come in and make a splash right away.