Mizzou hires Kim Anderson as basketball coach

Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports

Kim Anderson starred for the Tigers in the 1970s.

After a strangely quiet and speculation-filled coaching search, Missouri announced that it has hired Kim Anderson to replace Frank Haith as its head coach.

The decision seemed to be down to Anderson and former UCLA coach Ben Howland. Despite his rocky exit from UCLA, Howland brought the Bruins to three final fours in 10 years. However, Anderson is the hometown kid. He starred at Mizzou in the 1970s, winning the Big 8 Player of the Year award in 1977, and he was inducted into the Tigers' Hall of Fame in 1999.

Anderson has been an assistant at Mizzou twice, but has coached Division II Central Missouri for the past 12 years, ending his career with the Mules with an NCAA Division II Championship and as the school's all-time winningest coach.

Mizzou failed to make the NCAA Tournament this season, falling to Southern Miss in the second round of the NIT, and head coach Frank Haith left for Tulsa two weeks ago. Anderson inherits a team that loses its two best players — Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson — to the NBA Draft, so next year could be a rebuilding effort.

More from SBNation.com

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.