Since I broke the news that Mike Anderson was departing Missouri for Arkansas, I’ve canvassed Big 12 athletic directors, conference officials and coaches about the resulting Mizzou basketball coaching search.
(ORU Coach Scott Sutton Will Not Be Considered By Mizzou)
A current Big 12 athletic director told me late Thursday to expect Missouri to move quickly, with a hire likely to come during the Final Four.
A Mizzou athletic department employee informed me Thursday that the school has assembled a search committee headed by athletic director Mike Alden and Executive Associate AD Whit Babcock. The committee is expected to meet early next week to discuss possible candidates. The same Columbia-based source also informed me that Missouri has retained executive search firm Eastman & Beaudine, the same firm that assisted in the hiring of Anderson.
I’m told that no candidates for the job have been contacted, but that Shaka Smart, Cuonzo Martin, Brian Gregory and Matt Painter are all expected to be considered and may be contacted. Other candidates may also be considered, depending on the level of interest and availability.
A current major college head coach told me today that Scott Sutton, despite multiple reports, will not be under consideration for the job. Yesterday I reported that Sutton had recently interviewed with Bradley and subsequently pulled himself out of the search process for the job.