Eric Blumburg Live from Mizzou Arena
COLUMBIA - After days of rumors and speculation Mike Anderson is no longer the coach of the Missouri Tigers. Earlier Wednesday night, Athletic Director Mike Alden with Mizzou players along-side held a news conference announcing Anderson's departure to Arkansas.
"I love Mike, I love working with Mike, he's a great person and I'm really disapointed I'm not going to have a chance to continue doing that. But he's certainly made that decision, we wish him well, he's gonna do teriffic things and continue to do, and we're moving Mizzou forward. It's about Mizzou," said Alden.
Anderson will be introduced as the Razorbacks head coach in Fayetteville, Arkansas tomorrow.
Reports from Arkansas indicate the Hogs are giving Anderson a seven year deal worth 2.2 million dollars a year to become their coach.
That would exceed the seven year deal worth two million a year Missouri had prepared.
Arkansas fired John Pelphrey after the regular season, creating an opening for Anderson, who spent 17 years as a Razorback assistant.
Anderson has spent the last five years at Mizzou with 111 wins and 57 losses.
He has taken the Tigers to three consecutive NCAA tournaments.
"I hope that he does well wherever he's at, but we just want to try and wish ourselves the best as well and just continue to work hard, make Mizzou a better program," said Missouri junior guard Marcus Denmon.