The Missouri basketball program will look for a new head coach. Kim Anderson is stepping down after three seasons.
Anderson finished last in the SEC in each of his three seasons as the Missouri basketball coach, including 26-67 overall and 8-46 in league play. The Tigers job once was thought to be one of the SEC’s better jobs when Missouri entered the league, but it looks nothing like that now.
First-year Mizzou athletic director Jim Sterk will have a chance to right the program. As we’ve seen with Vanderbilt this season, hiring the right coach can do wonders for the program.
Here’s a look at some of the names that could take over Missouri basketball:
Martin, the one-time Tennessee head coach, is the head coach at Cal. He’s from East St. Louis, Ill., and has plenty of ties to the area. He’s shown he can recruit, landing players including Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown, the No. 3 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Should he decide to move back to his Midwest roots, the Tigers become an option.
Romar might be a tricky name for Missouri fans to swallow. While he’s shown he can land NBA talents including Markelle Fultz and Marquese Chriss, Romar hasn’t led Washington to the NCAA Tournament since 2011. But Romar landed a commitment from the No. 1 player in the country in Michael Porter Jr., whose father used to be an assistant on the Missouri women’s basketball team. Bringing Porter along could be a nice bonus for Romar.
Crean seems to have fallen out of favor at Indiana. But the man has proven he can turn around a downtrodden program, as that’s exactly what he did at Indiana. If the Hoosiers decide they’ve had enough of Crean, it would be smart for Missouri to gauge Crean’s interest in another fixer-upper.
Wade is the head coach at VCU, and he has kept the program humming since Shaka Smart went to Texas. With a second-place finish in the Atlantic 10 this season, the program seems like a lock to make the NCAA Tournament. Wade could turn that into a solid pitch to become the next head coach at Missouri.
Capel has proven success at Oklahoma and has helped recruit a number of top recruits to Duke in the last few seasons. But the question with Capel will be whether he’d want to leave the coolest throne in all of college basketball, serving as Mike Krzyzewski’s top assistant. Given how Chris Collins and Steve Wojciechowski have proven themselves at Northwestern and Marquette, respectively, Capel could opt to become a head coach again to have a better shot at replacing Krzyzewski at Duke one day.