Missouri introduces Cuonzo Martin as newest men's basketball coach

Missouri officially introduced Cuonzo Martin as its new men's basketball coach on Monday. (Rod Smith/KRCG13)

Missouri officially introduced Cuonzo Martin as the 19th men's basketball coach in school history on Monday.

"This is a special day for me," Martin said. "It feels like home."

Martin, an East St. Louis native, said he wants Mizzou to be his last stop as a coach. He agreed to a seven-year deal worth $21 million.

"This is it for me if it works out," Martin said. "If Mizzou keeps me for 20 years, it's my plan to be here for 20 years. This is it for me."

Martin owns a 186-121 record in nine years as a head coach. He spent three years each at Missouri State, Tennessee and California.

Martin takes over a Missouri team that went just 27-68 in three seasons under Kim Anderson. The Tigers finished last in the SEC in each season.

"There's work to be done," Martin said. "I think we have a chance to be successful. I'm not in the business of waiting three or four years. We have to work and get it done."

Click here to see Cuonzo Martin's introductory press conference.

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