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Murray State Asst. Named Head Coach

March 28, 1998

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) _ Tevester Anderson, an assistant to former coach Mark Gottfried, has been hired as Murray State’s new head basketball coach.

Anderson, 61, was introduced as coach at a Friday press conference. He succeeds Gottfried, who brought Anderson to Murray as an assistant three years ago and left earlier this week to accept the coaching job at Alabama.

His promotion is an acknowledgement of the role he played in building a team that went 29-4 this season and earned a No. 25 ranking in the final AP poll. Based on the substantial talent he brought in during stints as an assistant coach at Auburn, Georgia and Murray, Anderson is generally considered one of the nation’s top recruiters.

Anderson dismissed the idea that his hiring was significant because he is the first black man chosen as a head coach for Murray’s men’s program.

``It’s a big day for me,″ Anderson said. ``Not because I’m an African American, but because it’s my first (college) head coaching job.″

Before coming to Murray State, Anderson served as an assistant for 14 seasons at Georgia and Auburn.

At Auburn, while coaching under Sonny Smith, Anderson was credited with

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