On Sunday afternoon, per Evan Daniels of of Scout, the Missouri men’s basketball team parted ways with head coach Kim Anderson and, indirectly, opened a potential exit door for Tom Crean.
Kim Anderson is stepping down from his position as men's basketball coach at Missouri, per multiple sources.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) March 5, 2017
With Crean’s days possibly numbered at Indiana, the most amicable break up for the Hoosiers and Crean would be the latter taking a job with another program — though it’s been previously reported by Yahoo’s Pat Forde that Crean isn’t looking for a parachute.
Still, here’s a Missouri reporter for Rivals.com on Sunday afternoon.
If you have interest in who the next #Mizzou coach is, I’d think Bloomington IN is a place you’ll want to watch for the next few days.— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) March 5, 2017
Fox Sports’ Aaron Torres shared the idea and it’s one that has been tossed around long before any of today’s movement.
While the future for Crean is uncertain in Bloomington, a quick exit out of the Big Ten Tournament and job openings be created around the league could lead to a warming seat.
Missouri seems like the idea landing spot for Crean with a low-pressure decent SEC job being a perfect place for him to hide out and return to form.
The Tigers were once a tournament regular, reaching the tournament 10 times between 1998 and 2012, their last trip coming under Frank Haith.
However, in two years under Kim Anderson, Missouri went 9-23 and 10-21 before following it up with a 7-23 season this year.