No one should be surprised by the firing of Kim Anderson

This Feb. 28, 2017 photo shows Missouri head coach Kim Anderson on the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas A&M in Columbia, Mo. Missouri has fired Anderson after less than three seasons with his alma mater. Tigers athletic director Jim Sterk said in a statement Sunday, March 5, 2017 that he asked Anderson to step down after next week's SEC Tournament. Missouri is the No. 14 seed and plays Auburn on Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

If this surprises you, you were probably surprised to learn Santa Claus was a fraud.

When you were 19. You probably should have known better.

The Missouri Tigers have fired Kim Anderson.

While this was certainly expected, it's still sad, almost like a death in the family after a long, ugly battle that became so hard to watch.

Because this team, in Anderson's three years, became non-competitive and hard to watch --- and that's why Mizzou Arena was often less than half full. You can understand why. It's depressing on a cold winter's night to get out to watch a bad team on a Tuesday evening in a place less passionate than a college library.

“This decision has been very difficult for me, personally, because of the tremendous respect I have for Kim,” Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk said in a statement Sunday. “I know how hard he and his staff have worked to turn the program around over the last three years.

"However, the lack of on-court success has resulted in a significant drop in interest surrounding our program, and we could not afford for that to continue another year.”

To be fair, Anderson inherited a mess from Frank Haith, whose tenure has joined a list that includes Tyus Edny and Norfolk State as the most forgettable moments in Mizzou basketball history.

But that mess has turned into a disaster.

Read the rest of the story here.

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