Who could have possibly imagined that by Tulsa filling their vacant head basketball job it would open up Missouri’s? Granted, Tulsa is moving into a American Conference which boasts the NCAA Champion, but leaving Mizzou for the Golden Hurricane makes you wonder what kind of skeletons they’ll find in Frank Haith’s closet when they’re cleaning it out for the next guy.
Don’t expect that next guy to be Gregg Marshall---Missouri doesn’t fit the profile for Marshall any more than Tennessee does. Sure, the Tigers probably make the call—who wouldn’t? Marshall has become the most coveted of the coaches who are perceived to be available; his name is at the top of everyone’s wish list along with VCU’s Shaka Smart, who also continues to spurn interest from big-time suitors.
I don’t have the slightest notion where Missouri AD Mike Alden turns, but it should be to Kim Anderson who just led Central Missouri State to the NCAA Division II National Championship. A native of Missouri who played for Norm Stewart at Mizzou, then later assisted him there has won nearly 75 percent of his games at Central Missouri and would be a huge sentimental favorite amongst Tiger fans.
It’s interesting that Tulsa, who recently fired an Athletic Director because of a huge gambling problem, is taking a gamble on Haith, who was in all sorts of hot water at Miami of Florida. It was alleged that he tried to buy the silence of a prominent Miami booster who was threatening to release damaging information about the ‘Canes program. Haith sat out the first five games of last season and while he won 36 more than he lost in Columbia, he never seemed to resonate with the fan base.
It’ll be interesting to see how his hiring plays in Tulsa where university officials are traditionally more concerned with academics than they are athletics. It’s a move that will make a splash; TU officials are probably just hoping they don’t get drenched.
The other coaching carousel---
Gregg Marshall is hiring a new assistant coach for the fifth straight year, but it’s the first time that he’s replacing his right hand man. Chris Jans had been with him for all seven years in Wichita and Marshall says he’s in no hurry to make a decision on the next man up. Right now he’s letting the dust settle around a humbling slew of national honors and is glad to get back to individual workouts with his players.
With the departure of Derail Green the Shockers have an extra scholarship to give, they’re looking or a big man to give it to. Other than that, the top Shock says he’s been helping Cleanthony Early shop for an agent and help set up pro workouts for him. He didn’t tell me this, but I’ll bet he’s answered some calls from Knoxville, Tennessee and Columbia, Missouri.
At one point last night, James Shields struck out seven straight Astros in thoroughly dominating performance that capped a three game sweep. Billy Butler, who was knocked down to sixth in the order, Mike Moustakas and Alcedes Escobar, between them hitting less than .200, had three hits and as many rbi in the win. The Royals are back to .500.