Last night I reported that part of the motivation for Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden in his futile pursuit of Purdue coach Matt Painter was former Missouri senior associate AD and current SIU Athletic Director Mario Moccia’s optimistic view - expressed to Alden - of Mizzou’s chances of landing Painter as its next basketball coach.
(SbB Report Confirmed; AD Claims Painter Coveted Mizzou ‘nearly year ago’)
Following my report, Moccia confirmed his involvement in the process to KANSAS CITY STAR reporter Mike DeArmond while also providing insight into what he may have communicated to Alden about former SIU coach Painter.
In the aftermath of the Frank Haith hire, many Missouri basketball fans have pointed to Athletic Director Mike Alden’s inability to close the deal with Purdue’s Matt Painter as the moment the Mizzou coaching search officially went off the rails.
(Did former Mizzou staffer Paint Alden into a corner?)
But from what I’ve been told by multiple Missouri athletic department and administration sources, Alden doesn’t deserve all the blame for what was a clear miscalculation of Painter’s intentions.
There’s a reason Alden was confident enough about snaring Painter’s services that he flew to Florida - amid an ungodly media crush - to try to bag the Boilers coach. Read more…
Multiple sources confirmed to me Sunday evening that University of Miami basketball coach Frank Haith is in negotiations with the University of Missouri to become its next basketball coach.
According to Mizzou athletic and administration sources, Haith met today with school Athletic Director Mike Alden in Houston. Following the meeting, negotiations commenced between the two parties for the Missouri basketball coaching job.
Earlier today I reported that Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden had reached out to VCU Athletic Director Norwood Teague to request permission to speak to Shaka Smart about Mizzou’s basketball coach opening.
(Smart: Show-Me That Wolfpack Jack)
Sunday afternoon a source close to the VCU basketball program confirmed to me that Alden left a voicemail with Teague today.
Teague nor Smart has responded to Alden.
I have since confirmed through the same VCU source and a major college athletic director that North Carolina State is in hot pursuit of Smart, with the Wolfpack prepared to offer a more generous financial package that what Missouri was likely to propose to the VCU coach. Read more…
Earlier today Matt Painter decided to no longer pursue the basketball coaching job at Missouri and stay at Purdue.
(Snappy Mizzou Ensemble? Check)
After Painter pulled himself out of consideration for the Mizzou job, which he was never offered, a Univ. of Missouri athletic department staffer told me Painter strung out the school until today - asking for a midday extension. With that extra time, Painter apparently went back to Purdue to get raises for assistants.
When he finally broke the news to Mizzou that he was withdrawing from the process, Painter told school officials that two family members not wishing to move was a factor in his decision to stay at Purdue.
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. Read more…
An athletic department source at the University of Missouri confirmed to me this afternoon that Mike Anderson has informed Mizzou Athletic Director Mike Alden that he is departing the school for Arkansas.
After the news, Alden had the sign above Anderson’s personal parking spot outside Mizzou Arena removed. Read more…
The agent for Missouri basketball coach Mike Anderson, Jimmy Sexton, commented today on WHBQ-AM in Memphis about the status of negotiations between his client and the school amidst rumors that Arkansas was interested in acquiring Anderson’s services.