The University of Missouri has an open basketball coaching position and has begun to look at possible candidates.
Indiana’s Tom Crean, California’s Cuonzo Martin and Butler’s Chris Holtmann are among the coaches Missouri is interested in, according to industry sources and published reports.
Missouri is parting ways with Kim Anderson, who never won more than 10 games in a season and lost at least 20 each season. Missouri announced Sunday that Anderson would not be retained.
Missouri ended the regular season 7-23. The Tigers are 26-67 under Anderson, entering the SEC Tournament.
Missouri is currently going through an NCAA investigation of alleged academic fraud that involves basketball and other sports. From the previous staff, Anderson inherited restrictions of two scholarship reductions.
Missouri is preparing to be in a position to pay upwards of $3 million per year and a contract in range of five to seven years, according to industry sources.
Crean was the 2016 Big Ten Coach of the Year. He led Indiana to Big Ten regular-season titles in 2013 and 2016, joining Michigan State’s Tom Izzo (three), Ohio State’s Thad Matta (three) and Purdue’s Matt Painter (two) as active Big Ten coaches with multiple league titles.
Crean inherited a monumental mess from the Kelvin Sampson debacle, put IU back on solid ground, reached No. 1 in the national rankings with the Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, Christian Watford, Jordan Hulls group and has three Sweet Sixteens and two Big Ten titles the past five seasons.
Crean is 165-133 in nine years at Indiana and 355-229 in 18 years as a head coach, the first nine at Marquette, a team he led to the 2003 Final Four. IU has been nationally ranked at some point in the season five of the past six years.
Martin is 184-119 in his ninth season as a college head coach, with stops at Missouri State, Tennessee and California. He went to the NCAA Tournament in 2014 and 2016 and led Missouri State to the 2011 regular-season title.
Hotlmann is 112-83 as a college head coach with three years at Gardner-Webb and in his third year at Butler.
He has led Butler to consecutive NCAA Tournaments and the Bulldogs have been nationally ranked three consecutive seasons at some point during the season. Holtmann is currently 68-29 at Butler.