Two Southeastern Conference men’s basketball coaches were fired this year, and it appears all others have survived. One of those positions (Missouri) has been filled, and the other (LSU) may be close.
From the outside, it looked as though Missouri Basketball Coach Kim Anderson got a raw deal when he was fired at the end of this season. Anderson had taken over a program that was wracked with problems from the Frank Haith era. Still, one couldn’t quibble with Anderson’s three-year record of 26-67, his team’s win over Auburn in the SEC Tournament notwithstanding.
Missouri annolunced that it has has picked up a familiar name – familiar in the Show-Me State and in the SEC – with the hiring of Cuonzo Martin.
Martin is a native of East St. Louis, Ill., just across the river from St. Louis, Mo., and was also a former coach at Missouri State.
Martin comes to Missouri from Cal, where he had been head coach three years. He resigned his job at California to take a reported seven-year deal at Mizzou.
Formerly Martin was head coach at Tennessee for four years. He left the Vols after a petition campaign that he be replaced by Bruce Pearl, later fired by UT for NCAA violations.
According to Franz Beard at Scout’s Florida web site, FightinGators, LSU is going to hire Nevada Head Coach Eric Musselman to replace Johnny Jones, who was fired at the end of the season.
Musselman was associate head coach at LSU in 2014-15, but is best known as having been an NBA head coach on three separate occasions.
LSU reportedly made overtures to the likes of Buzz Williams at Virginia Tech, Frank Martin at South Carolina, Chris Collins at Northwestern, and (of course) Gregg Marshall at Wichita State.
Not at all related, but interesting nonetheless, is that North Carolina State might have a problem hiring a replacement for Mark Gottfried, the former Alabama player and head basketball coach who was fired by the Wolfpack this year. The problem: Athletics Director Debbie Yow. Until she is gone, candidates are wary of the job.