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Missouri Hires UAB’s Mike Anderson

March 26, 2006

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ Mike Anderson was hired as Missouri’s new men’s basketball coach Sunday, taking over following Quin Snyder’s resignation last month.

Anderson, who led UAB to a 24-9 record and an NCAA tournament appearance this season, is the first black head coach hired on a permanent basis in a major sport at Missouri. He is a former assistant to Nolan Richardson at Arkansas and played for Richardson at Tulsa.

As head coach at UAB for four years, Anderson had an 89-41 record with three NCAA tournament appearances. UAB to Kentucky 69-64 in the first round of the tournament this season.

Anderson steps into a program embroiled in controversy, much of it centered on athletic director Mike Alden, who has been criticized for the handling of Snyder’s resignation.

The group of university leaders met Sunday to discuss unspecified personnel matters, though spokesman Joe Moore said after the meeting that Alden was still the Tigers’ AD.

Anderson said Alden convinced him to come to Missouri.

``Mike Alden really sold me on Missouri as a whole,″ Anderson said in a statement. ``The fan support, the academic opportunities and of course the tremendous facilities. These aspects will allow us to attract the types of student-athletes we need to be successful. Our goal is to win a national championship and that’s why we are at Missouri.″

When Snyder resigned with six games to go, he said he was forced out by Alden and received the news from Gary Link, a Tiger broadcaster and Alden assistant. Alden has denied that account, and two university investigations stopped short of verifying Snyder’s charge.

Alden took over the Missouri athletic department in 1998 after leading the athletic department at Southwest Texas State University the previous two years.

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