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  • #801 by jbcarol on 16 Mar 2017
  • Missouri

    Mizzou hired Cuonzo Martin, 45 to replace Kim Anderson for a reported $21 million over seven years. The East St. Louis native was coach at Missouri State for three seasons where his teams were 26-28 in the MVC and made the NIT second round in his last season. He has won a battle with cancer.  This hire makes "Martin" and "Kennedy" the most common last names of SEC men's basketball coaches replacing "Anderson" in that elite group.

    Martin was hired by Tennessee to replace Bruce Pearl. His teams went 32-20 in three seasons including leading the Vols to the Sweet 16 in 2014.  He was replaced by Donnie Tyndall. 

    Martin led the Cal Bears also for three seasons. His teams went 28-24 in the Pac-12. His 2016 team made the NCAA-T and his 2017 team slept walked through their NIT game as if they knew they were losing a coach.

    Cuonzo Martin has more previous D-1 head coaching wins than anyone who has taken Mizzou job. Norm Stewart had 97, Mike Anderson 89, Frank Haith 129, and Q Snyder & K Anderson zero apiece.

    Martin has also led teams to the NCAA Tournament twice in his nine seasons as a head coach.

    Mizzou hired former player and assistant Kim Anderson (born May 12, 1955 in Sedalia). At 6-7, Anderson matched Andy Kennedy as tallest coach in the SEC in '14-15. Anderson played 21 games for the Trail Blazers during the '78-79 season. After a pro playing career in Europe, Anderson was an assistant to Norm Stewart from '82-85 and '91-99, working at Baylor in the interim. After a break from coaching, Anderson became head coach at Central Missouri, winning the DII National Championship in 2014.

    Anderson's teams were 8-46 in SEC play over three seasons. Sanctions hanging over from the Frank Haith era included Mizzou missing the 2016 SEC Tournament. In 2017, Missouri went 2-7 vs. NCAA Tournament teams with wins over Arkansas and Vandy. A win over Auburn in the SEC Tournament's Wednesday game provided a last feel good moment.

    2017 Missouriís eight wins and .250 winning percentage are the programís worst figures since 1966-67. Missouri finished the season shooting 30.4 % from 3-point range, the worst single-season shooting % in team history. They lost 35 consecutive true road games which is currently an active streak.

    In 2011 Miami Coach Frank Haith, 47, took over for Mike Anderson who had taken the Tigers to the Elite Eight and the second round of the NCAA tournament after turning around the program following the Quin Snyder error.

    Haith coached Mizzou to a 14-4 mark in the Big 12 but dropped their NCAA opener to Norfolk State. Haith's first SEC season ended tied for fifth at 11-7. Mizzou lost their NCAA opener.  Haith had been subject to a prolonged and bitter NCAA investigation tied to his time at Miami. He seemed to catch a break in 2013 when the NCAA acknowledged wrongdoing in their handling of the case.  Haith was suspended for a few games at the start of the '13-14 season in which Mizzou finished tied for sixth in the SEC and were able to advance to the NIT second round.  Haith left Mizzou for Tulsa after not receiving a contract extension. Haith was noted for heavy reliance on transfer players.

    Frank Haith was 20-16 (55.6% or 10-8 on average) in SEC regular season play.
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