19 March 2011
My plans of editing a video package of Blaine Gabbert's pro day were thrown into disarray a few minutes ago when I became aware via CBS Sports of Tulsa, Oklahoma, TV station KTUL's sports director Chris Lincoln tweeting that Mizzou basketball coach Mike Anderson will "be introduced tomorrow in Fayetteville as Razorbacks new head basketball coach."
As of 10:20 p.m. central time, no mention of this tweet has appeared on the websites of KOMU and the Columbia Missourian. While the Columbia Tribune does not mention the tweet, its online sports section's front page features an article citing reports by Tulsa World columnist Jimmie Trammel and Oklahoma City sports anchor Dean Blevin that a deal between Arkansas and Anderson was coming within the next week.
However, Trammel also said one of his sources claimed "that the hire was a possibility, but not a done deal.”
Kansas City's KCMB 9's Cliff Judy tweeted that "we just talked with Tulsa sports director who tweeted Mike Anderson was leaving Missouri for Arkansas. He says it's not set in stone." In a follow-up tweet, Judy explained that Lincoln meant the announcement would come Monday, but thought today was Sunday when he tweeted. Judy also quoted Lincoln as saying the deal was not set in stone, but "most likely happening."
Anderson has declared before that he wants to retire as Mizzou's basketball coach. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Bryan Burwell wrote earlier today that money could be the deciding factor in Anderson's decision, and that Anderson probably wants a raise that is in accordance with his market value:
"...over the years, there have always been sufficient suitors who seem willing to accommodate him," Burnwell wrote, "So it's not really an issue about whether anyone in Tiger Nation is tired of the strategic non-denial denials. All the good folks at Missouri have to decide is whether they want to be the ones who do it or if they prefer to let someone else pick up the tab."
For the sake of Mizzou's basketball program, Tiger fans had better hope that the "good folks at Missouri" decide they want to be the team to pay Anderson what he's worth.