Sunday, March 20, 2011
Is Mike Anderson Heading To Arkansas?
There are differing opinions about where Anderson will be coaching next year. A Twitter post from Chris Lincoln, sports director of KTUL-TV in Tulsa, indicated that Anderson is the man at Arkansas. “Reports out of Arkansas say Mizzou coach Mike Anderson to be introduced tomorrow in Fayetteville as Razorbacks new head basketball coach.”
CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish cited a source, saying Anderson is “close to reaching an agreement in principle to become Arkansas’ men’s basketball coach, but a deal has not been finalized.” CBSSports.com also reported that “there are still things to work out,” but “barring a breakdown it appears Anderson will ultimately leave Missouri for Arkansas.”
Anderson's former mentor, Nolan Richardson, could not confirm or deny such speculation.
“I didn’t know anything about him going there,” Richardson said.
When asked about Anderson's intentions about returning to Arkansas and if Anderson has had any contact with the Razorbacks, Richardson had this to say. “Maybe. Maybe not. I don’t know. He probably would. But I know Mike is out working right now. I don’t think he has (had conversations with Arkansas). I don’t think he has done that.”
Right now Anderson is saying all the right things regarding his status at Missouri, which usually means that someone is ready to jump ship. At least that's what typically happens. Anderson said he wouldn't deal with the Arkansas rumors Thursday.
“I’m excited about what’s taking place at Missouri and I plan on being at Missouri,” Anderson told the Columbia Daily Tribune. “That’s the bottom line. We’ve done some great things and we’ll continue to do some great things. I’ve got a young basketball team.”
I guess we'll have to stay tuned to see how this plays out.