Coach Anderson Meets Mizzou

1 decade 3 years 2 weeks ago Saturday, October 21 2006 Oct 21, 2006 Saturday, October 21, 2006 6:02:21 PM CDT October 21, 2006 in News

Sporting an MU Tigers ball cap, Anderson showed visible excitement to be joining the Mizzou program.  Anderson talked about his earlier encounters with Mizzou teams and his respect for the program.  He named the great Missouri players of the past 25 years--Jon Sundvold, Kareem Rush, and more--and promised to bring great players and great teams back to Missouri. 

Anderson continued his remarks by promising to bring the same game he's played at UAB to Mizzou, calling it the "fastest forty minutes of basketball" found anywhere.  At the same time, he promised his student athletes would graduate from what he called the flagship school in the state.  Anderson promised to recruit the state heavily, but also cited ties to other parts of the country from which he could draw top talent.

Anderson called himself a hard worker.  He promised to get up early to practice and find a way to win.  He calls it a chance to teach life skills as well as basketball skills.  Anderson said he would treat the players like family, giving them love and discipline when they need it.  Anderson said the "slate will be clean" for existing players to show him what they can do for the team.

Finishing his prepared remarks, Anderson first addressed the question of Mike Alden's future as athletic director, calling himself a "Mike Alden guy."  Anderson said he expects to follow the leadership of Alden in the time ahead.  But Anderson also said he knew enough about the program he feels confident about the future.

Asked about his thoughts on the future of the program, Anderson said he didn't come to the Big 12 just to be in the Big 12.  He said he planned to win games and take the team to the NCAA tournament.  Later, he said his ultimate goal is to win a national championship.  He said he believes he can do that at Mizzou.

Anderson said he had talked to current players and their families, and understands the loss of coach Quin Snyder can have an effect on the team.  He said it is now how job to let the team know a new day is dawning and that he is here to make things better.  Anderson said players enjoy his style of basketball and will see the results of the program he is bringing to Mizzou.

Asked about whether his race (Anderson is African American) played a part in his hire, Anderson said he talked to Mike Alden about the position and believes Alden hired the best person for the job--"who just happens to be black."  Anderson will be the first African-American to permanently head coach a major sport at Mizzou.

Anderson called himself "big on loyalty" and said he will look closely at the assistant coaching staff to decide where to go with the positions there.  He said he would begin the process of hiring his coaching staff on Monday.

Anderson is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He played basketball at Jackson Olin High School, then went on to begin his college career at Jefferson State Junior College. After two years there and a trip to the national junior college championship, Anderson joined coach Nolan Richardson at Tulsa, where he played guard and took the team to win the NIT as a junior, and make the NCAA tournament as a senior.

Anderson's coaching career began as a volunteer assistant at Tulsa in 1982. After two years there, he followed Richardson to become an assistant at Arkansas, spending 14 years with the program.

The 46-year-old Anderson has a wife, Marcheita, three children--Darcheita, Michael Jr., and Yvonne--and a grandchild, Aiyanna.

More News

Grid
List
EMINENCE, Mo. (AP) — A herd of seven wild horses that were causing problems at a Missouri state park have... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, November 09 2019 Nov 9, 2019 Saturday, November 09, 2019 4:43:08 PM CST November 09, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Children got the chance to learn about science through hands-on experiments at the Columbia Public Schools' Planetarium on... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, November 09 2019 Nov 9, 2019 Saturday, November 09, 2019 3:26:00 PM CST November 09, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Pulaski County deputies and the South Central Drug Task Force seized large amounts of heroin, methamphetamine and cash... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, November 09 2019 Nov 9, 2019 Saturday, November 09, 2019 3:05:00 PM CST November 09, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — An inmate died after becoming unresponsive in a booking cell of the Pettis County Jail Saturday morning. ... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, November 09 2019 Nov 9, 2019 Saturday, November 09, 2019 3:01:00 PM CST November 09, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Callaway County deputies arrested a man after a report of shots fired Thursday on the 7000... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, November 09 2019 Nov 9, 2019 Saturday, November 09, 2019 2:55:00 PM CST November 09, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Fanny Winget and her son Isaac Shapiro were cleaning the house when they heard a fire alarm go... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, November 09 2019 Nov 9, 2019 Saturday, November 09, 2019 1:15:00 PM CST November 09, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Works is adding 50 new lane miles of "Third Priority" snow routes on 195 streets this... More >>
2 days ago Friday, November 08 2019 Nov 8, 2019 Friday, November 08, 2019 8:08:00 PM CST November 08, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - MU knowingly violated the Missouri Sunshine Law by overestimating the cost of providing records to an animal... More >>
2 days ago Friday, November 08 2019 Nov 8, 2019 Friday, November 08, 2019 7:52:27 PM CST November 08, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Some homes in Jefferson City are still suffering from the aftermath of May's EF3 tornado, but River... More >>
2 days ago Friday, November 08 2019 Nov 8, 2019 Friday, November 08, 2019 6:23:00 PM CST November 08, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - In Missouri, there is a shortage of foster care parents. The number of children in the foster... More >>
2 days ago Friday, November 08 2019 Nov 8, 2019 Friday, November 08, 2019 5:14:00 PM CST November 08, 2019 in Continuous News
BOONVILLE - The Boonville City Council approved a location on Nor-Cat Way for a proposed medical marijuana facility. MOCO,... More >>
3 days ago Friday, November 08 2019 Nov 8, 2019 Friday, November 08, 2019 2:48:00 PM CST November 08, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick is making an effort to match veterans with their missing military medals... More >>
3 days ago Friday, November 08 2019 Nov 8, 2019 Friday, November 08, 2019 1:49:00 PM CST November 08, 2019 in News
ST. JOSEPH (AP) — St. Joseph has banned camping in most parks and public spaces after getting complaints about homeless... More >>
3 days ago Friday, November 08 2019 Nov 8, 2019 Friday, November 08, 2019 1:40:00 PM CST November 08, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Winter weather will be here next week, so its time to start preparing cars for the cold. ... More >>
3 days ago Friday, November 08 2019 Nov 8, 2019 Friday, November 08, 2019 1:30:00 PM CST November 08, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia Municipal Court is offering a warrant amnesty two times in the next month, Dec.... More >>
3 days ago Friday, November 08 2019 Nov 8, 2019 Friday, November 08, 2019 11:38:00 AM CST November 08, 2019 in News
TROY (AP) — The mother of a man who died after a suicide attempt at an eastern Missouri jail has... More >>
3 days ago Friday, November 08 2019 Nov 8, 2019 Friday, November 08, 2019 9:19:00 AM CST November 08, 2019 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Each semester, 16 University of Missouri law students and two faculty members work to help veterans get benefits,... More >>
3 days ago Friday, November 08 2019 Nov 8, 2019 Friday, November 08, 2019 3:11:00 AM CST November 08, 2019 in Top Stories
FULTON - Westminster College held an anniversary event on Wednesday to mark 30 years since the fall of the Berlin... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, November 07 2019 Nov 7, 2019 Thursday, November 07, 2019 7:26:00 PM CST November 07, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 23°
5pm 22°
6pm 20°
7pm 20°
8pm 19°