No one should be surprised by the firing of Kim Anderson
COLUMBIA, Mo. —
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.
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