OTC: Mike Anderson Shows More Snake Than Hog In Leaving Mizzou


Photo detail“It was handled as bad as it could have been handled on Mike Anderson’s side.”
Gabe DeArmond, of PowerMizzou.com, on the head basketball coach’s departure from Mizzou to accept the Arkansas job, 810 AM
GH: DeArmond was a guest on Steven St. John’s and Nate Bukaty’s Thursday morning show and his commentary on what went down in Columbia Wednesday night regarding Anderson’s arrival at the airport and mysterious departure from Mizzou Arena was riveting radio. Apparently, Anderson chose the cowardly way out and bypassed speaking to the media after talking with his the Mizzou players.
“Media admitted (to Mizzou Arena after Anderson/players meeting). Cynics wonder if draw to divert so Anderson could get out. Wonder why he can’t/won’t face situation?”
Vahe Gregorian, of St. Louis Post Dispatch
GH: Anderson leaving Mizzou for Arkansas where he spent 17 years is understandable. His son called it “going home.” But why act like a snake the evening you make your departure official? He hid behind trucks at the airport, tried to lose reporters on his drive the arena and then snuck out of the building before facing the press. These are the same guys who throw a fit when a 17-year-old recruit changes his mind about signing a letter of intent. I lost a lot of respect for Coach Mike last night. Be a man and face the music. He chose to be a wimp and slither off into the night.
“We believe he’s staying because he told us he’s staying.”
Gabe DeArmond, quoting what his Missouri sources were telling him as late as Tuesday night, 810 AM
GH: The rumors began weeks ago when Doug Gottlieb wrote on his ESPN blog that Arkansas would make a play for Anderson if they fired their coach. Gottlieb whet 180 on this story and earlier this week declared Anderson would stay at Mizzou. He was hammered by some of his Twitter followers but unlike Anderson, he stepped up to face the critics. Read on.
“I was incorrect.”
Doug Gottlieb, when asked to explain his earlier comments that Anderson would not be leaving Mizzou for Arkansas, Twitter
GH: Sometimes three little words speak loudly when it comes to gauging the character of the speaker.
“I’m not prepared to throw Mike Anderson under the bus like a lot of Missouri fans are doing. The Missouri program has been clean as a whistle during Anderson’s stay. He averaged 26 wins a season in the last three years and went to the NCAA tournament each of those years.”
Jack Harry, nbcactionnews.com
GH: 26 wins every season is a helluva nice number.
“Hey, if Missouri didn’t want to come up with extra dough, they should have told Anderson to get lost. Alden didn’t have the stones to do that. He’s the same guy who had broadcaster Gary Link inform Quin Snyder that he was being fired at Missouri. Alden didn’t have the guts to square off, face to face with Snyder.”
Jack Harry, nbcactionnews.com
GH: Mad Jack had a spirited debate with Kevin Kietzman on Wednesday with Jack bashing Alden and KK supporting his favorite MU source. Not too many Mizzou fans are aligning with Jack on this one.
“There’s a few rogue Missouri fans blaming Mike Alden and that’s just insane.”
Gabe DeArmond, 810 AM
GH: Maybe we need to change Mad Jack’s moniker to Insane Jack.
“Don’t fault M. Anderson for this move. KU and K-St lost last coaches for same reason. But flirting previous 2 yrs feeds Mizzou disillusion.”
Blair Kerkhoff, Twitter
“I’ve already heard some criticism of Mike Alden for letting Mike Anderson get away. The villain here is Anderson.”
Mike DeArmond, Twitter
GH: Again, in my mind Anderson is not a villain for leaving Mizzou. Mizzou stole him from UAB and they’ll likely steal someone else’s coach to replace him. Sure, he led people to believe he was staying but he didn’t coin that phrase. It’s all legal and very common in the coaching biz. Where Anderson failed is how he ran from Mizzou instead of walking and talking.  
“The last three years have been the best three year run for the Mizzou basketball program since Norm’s teams from 1993-96.”
Brad Ziegler, of KCRunningCO, Twitter
GH: A stunning reminder of how good Anderson was at Mizzou.
“Deep down, I bet there are a lot of MIzzou fans that weren’t 2 sad 2 see Mike Anderson leave. The Tigers can – and probably will – do better.”
Jason King, of YoahooSports.com
GH: The guy averaged 26 wins for the past three years, has a Big 12 tourney championship and an Elite 8 run. Better? That is one helluva report card to have to top at a school that still stings when anyone mentions the names Ricky and Quin.
“Mike Anderson is gone, and once the hurt and confusion of the moment fade away we’ll all see that this is true: Missouri basketball is better off without him.”
Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star
GH: Sounds a lot like the speech moms give their daughters after they get dumped.
“There’s a better chance that the next coach is worse than Mike Anderson at Missouri. There’s a better than even chance. That’s the reality of the business.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
“I see Mike Anderson as a hooker. Arkansas can have him! Hopefully we can pull (Butler’s) Brad Stevens out of our butt.”
Caller, to Kietzman, 810 AM
“Who threatens their employer three years in a row! I’m embarrassed for him! Classless! … I think every Missouri fan will be better off without him. I think it’s despicable the way he treated the place that made him and his family millionaires.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: KK is playing to his audience. I have no idea what he really thinks of Anderson or if he even cares. He knows the Tiger faithful are enraged over being scorned and he seizes these types of opportunities to feed their rage. It’s why he rules the massive audience he does in drive-time radio.
“His word means nothing to any of us every again!”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: KK should hope his audience doesn’t hold him to the same standard.
“To put it in perspective, Anderson will be paid three times as much as the best neurosurgeon in the world.”
Jack Harry, nbcactionnews.com
GH: If true, that is a staggering perspective.
“If Arkansas is really giving Mike Anderson 7 years and $2.2 million they can have him… Mizzou will find a better coach. Someone who actually wants to be at Mizzou.”
Steven St. John, Twitter
GH: The other criteria MU’s next coach will need is to NOT want to be wherever they currently are. Falling in love with your team’s coach is an inherently flawed relationship. They almost always leave poorly – even the ones you’d never expect. Kansas fans who are feeling smug about Bill Self need to read that sentence again. Self has coached at four universities. He knows how to pack just as quickly as the next guy.
GregHall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24
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18 Responses to OTC: Mike Anderson Shows More Snake Than Hog In Leaving Mizzou

  1. Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

    No Mizzou fans begrudge Anderson for going to Arkansas…
    What they are pissed off about is how he went about doing it. There’s a right way and a wrong way to do things. Anderson chose the wrong way. He dumps the Pressey kids, he leaves 6 seniors who signed on with him when MU was crap. He flirted with at least one different school each year MU was decent. He now leaves MU with no recruits for next year. NONE. ZERO. ZIP. NADA. And don’t be suprised to see Anderson attempt to sway Otto Porter to Arkansas. He’s just that low. They say birds of a feather, flock together. Well Mike Anderson sure flocked with his own kind when he joined the swine down south. Goodbye and good riddance to a piece of shit.

  2. Johnny Utah says:

    How can you tell a coach is lying?

  3. Tarheel says:

    Oh, really …
    Kansas fans who are feeling smug about Bill Self need to read that sentence again. Self has coached at four universities. He knows how to pack just as quickly as the next guy.

    .. and go where?

    Coaches in college are ALWAYS looking for a better gig. Anderson is moving up, just as Roy Williams moved up, just as Bill Self moved up.

    Roy & Bill are are at the pinnacle of college baskeetball. The only

  4. jjskck says:

    Elite Eight?
    Keep in mind that was a Snyder recruit (Leo Lyons) and CMA’s transferring NEPHEW (DeMarre Carroll) who got Mizzou to the Elite Eight. Unless Anderson has more fringe-NBA-talent relatives and family friends sitting around, he isn’t recruiting any top-tier talent to Mizzou to play his style. He can’t even lock down his own state.

    CMA’s Big 12 finishes: 6th, 10th, 3rd, 5th, 5th. Avg = 5.8
    Quin’s Big 12 finishes (first 5 years): 6th, 6th, 6th, 5th, 6th. Avg = 5.8

  5. Uncle23 says:


  6. John says:

    MU and K-State
    MU basketball fans remind me of K-State football fans. They think their program is bigger then what it is.

    When K-State hired Ron Prince many of my Wildcat friends thought why did they hire a no-name coordinator? What they failed to realize is that Prince was the seventh choice for K-State, no one else wanted the job. In fact if Snyder didn’t un-retire after Prince was fired the Wildcats would more then likely go the 1-AA route for a coach.

    I say this because MU basketball fans are kidding themselves if they think they’re going to get a big name. Brad Stevens isn’t coming. All reports show that if he was to leave Butler it’s more then likely to Indiana or another Big 10 school.

    Dave Rose from BYU, not coming.
    The Richmond HC…maybe.

    My guess is that when it’s all said in done the next head coach of the Missouri Tigers will be Central Missouri’s Kim Anderson. I know that’s not what people want to hear but that’s just my guess.

  7. kctacoparty says:

    Congratulations on working “hog” and “snake” into the same headline.

  8. Gavin says:

    Stunning reminders

  9. P says:

    Just another kick in the nutz for good ol’ MU
    Next kick will be ending up in the WAC as a refugee from the former Big 12.

  10. Cliffy says:

    Spring football, anybody?

  11. harley says:

    go back to last november….where i said mu would be better without anderson and his
    style of play. Okay…the guy wants to go home…home to the pigs and the backwoods and
    the mud holes and the cousins fucking cousins. That’s fine. Its over…it’s done….stop
    crying the blues.
    As for hall…again you show how stupid you are. Couldn’t see this coming hall….hopefully you
    stop at train tracks when the oncoming train is in sight. You are one big misinformed idiot to
    not think he would leave mu. down with the hogs he can beat some teams and they have some
    good recruits and they will take the tough kids on the team whereas mu would not touch kids
    with problems.
    Now…mu’s got 2 million a year to spend. Either alden gets a big name or he goes. MU is guaranteed
    the money they need from the upcoming tv contracts and should have another good year
    in football. They are making money….lots of it. The alumni are still happy….donating big bucks to the
    school along with an anticipated 300 million to come soon (heard it here first).
    Stop crying mu fans….this is good. Get the guy from marquette…or the guy from butler…..put the money
    and the facilities in front of him and he’s here……
    I was never happy with anderson. He had an outdated system. Just surprised he left this year with the
    team he had coming back. It’s going to be okay….mu will be okay.
    Coaches leaving is never pretty. Only wish i could have thrown some hog shit in andersons face
    and then watched him catch the flight to the cesspool in arkansas. Who cares….he got his money and
    he’s off. Good riddance. No big loss.

  12. Banker Drysdale says:

  13. MrOlathe says:

    GH does it again
    GH couldn’t just write an OTC column without a little dig at KU:

    “Kansas fans who are feeling smug about Bill Self need to read that sentence again. Self has coached at four universities. He knows how to pack just as quickly as the next guy”

    First of, outside of the NBA (where he had several offers) Roy Williams went to the one place that he would leave KU for. And he turned them down once before. AND his mentor, the one person he respects more than anybody in the world, had to beg and guilt him into coming back.

    Now Bill Self has already turned down his alma mater already. He would have made more money in the first yr of that contract than most of us will make combined this decade. Which of his first 3 stops did you expect him to be a lifer at? ORU? Tulsa? Illinois? WTF?

    GH, I don’t know what KU alum, coach, player pissed in your corn flakes or screwed your ex but it’s baffling how much dislike you have for KU. What happened? We know about KK and 810. We know about Grigsby. What is it? Come clean brother.

  14. Cliffy says:

    Maybe Greg doesn’t really dislike kU …
    Maybe he just likes to poke thin-skinned dorks who get riled up every time he says something about the squawks.

  15. P says:

    Harley Sez
    Okay…the guy wants to go home…home to the pigs and the backwoods and
    the mud holes and the cousins fucking cousins. That’s fine. Its over…it’s done….stop
    crying the blues.

    — Can I get an irony check here on MU fan?

  16. shecky says:

    Greg “Bizzaro Kietzman” Strikes Again!

  17. MrOlathe says:

    You make a good point when you say “every time he says something about the squawks.” That’s just it. EVERY TIME. That’s what I don’t get. EVERY TIME. Really. EVERY TIME. That’s what I’m trying to figure out. I’ve read GH as long as anybody here. I think I was listening to his first radio show wondering what the hell he was going to do. And, if I recall, he read some stuff from the newspaper and gave his take. Kind of a “live otc”. Then he did his little Grigsby parody which was pretty freaking lame and not very funny. And he got fired. And then, in some really interesting reading, did a 7 part (if I recall) story on how it all went down. That was entertaining. And I still follow today. But something changed along the way. Not sure what.

    And trust me, I don’t have thin skin. I just like people to be honest with me. Probably why I can’t stand KK.

  18. LOL says:

    Cry about it Mizzou garbage. QQ

    Ark > Mizzou in every sport.

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