Things haven’t gone smoothly during Kim Anderson’s first two years at Missouri, and nobody is more cognizant of those struggles than the third-year coach.
It’s been an ugly start to Anderson’s tenure: The Tigers were a combined 19-44 the last two seasons. Mizzou recently implemented a postseason ban that kept them out of the 2016 SEC Tournament following an NCAA investigation into violations committed before Anderson took the helm. There was even some speculation during the lowest swoon that athletic director Mack Rhoades was considering a head coaching change, but he stuck with Anderson.
Anderson recognizes that the first two seasons haven’t gone as well as anyone could have hoped. He even apologized for his team’s struggles.
“Obviously, the two years have been difficult,” Anderson told The Columbia Tribune’s Daniel Brenner. “There have been a lot of challenges. Nobody is more disappointed than me, but nobody is more committed and passionate than me to get it back to where our fans want it to be.
“It is a process. I’m sorry. I wish you could do it in one year.”
The good news is there could be a light at the end of this very dim tunnel. Anderson finally has a team full of players he recruited to Missouri and a full offseason to play with his new tools. The only black cloud remains the NCAA investigation and the punishment that has yet to be handed out. It’s something that Anderson told Brenner he hopes will be over with as soon as possible.
No matter what happens down the road, it’s time for Anderson and the Tigers to start showing progress.