Video: Mike Anderson’s Journey To Awkwarnsas

Today I put a video together today chronicling Mike Anderson’s recent decision to leave Mizzou for Arkansas.

Mike Anderson's journey to Awkwarnsas

(”That’s where the trust comes in”)

To further luxuriate in the wonderfully uncomfortable exchange between KOMU-TV reporter Dani Wexelman and Anderson on Saturday in front of 5,000 Hogs fans frothing at the snout, go here.
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Big 12 AD: Mizzou To Hire Hoops Coach @ Final 4

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.

Scott Sutton not a candidate for Missouri Job

(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. Read more…

Official: Anderson Departs Missouri For Arkansas

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.

Mike Anderson Mizzou Parking Spot Sign Removed

After the news, Alden had the sign above Anderson’s personal parking spot outside Mizzou Arena removed. Read more…

Audio: Anderson’s Agent On Mizzou “Resolution”

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.

Mike Anderson and Jimmy Sexton

(Audio below from WHBQ in Memphis)

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Last week Gentry Estes of the MOBILE PRESS-REGISTER has the latest installment of Alabama Coach Nick Saban forcing an underperforming though eligible player off his team to make room for a better prospect.

Nick Saban Oversigning.com

Alabama coach Nick Saban has confirmed this morning’s earlier news that sophomore reserve quarterback Star Jackson plans to leave the Crimson Tide in pursuit of a transfer to another school.

Saban had this to say before tonight’s Crimson Caravan stop in Mobile …

“Star Jackson has done a fantastic job in our program, made a tremendous amount of improvement. We hate to see any player leave the program, but quarterback’s kind of a unique position where one guy can play, and we have a lot of competition there right now. Greg’s the starter coming back, AJ has done a fantastic job of improving, Phillip Sims came in at mid-semester and showed a lot of promise this spring.

“Star has made a tremendous amount of improvement and done a very, very good job. But I think sometimes when quarterbacks can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel in terms of when they might be able to play, they get a little antsy and might want to go someplace else. Star and I have discussed it, and we’re going to help him do what he feels is going to make him and his family the best decision for his future.”

A native of Lake Worth, Fla., and former Super 11 quarterback recruit, Jackson saw action in five games last season as a redshirt freshman for Alabama, completing 13 of 18 throws for 116 yards. He is now likely headed to an NCAA FCS or Division II program, his high school coach told the Press-Register earlier today.

Attempts to reach Jackson have been unsuccessful.

If player “transfers” like this didn’t happen all that often in Saban-coached programs, I guess you could accept the coach’s comments at face value. But Saban is notorious for oversigning recruiting classes and then cutting eligible players under the ol’ “transfer” pretense.

Saban is far from alone in the practice, which has gotten so out of control that a website called Oversigning.com (via Da Wiz) was launched earlier this year to track coaches who brazenly game so-called scholarship limits.

The most recent example of a coach misrepresenting the departure of a scholarship player is Missouri basketball coach Mike Anderson. The ASSOCIATED PRESS has a scathing report on Anderson’s abuse of the truth in announcing the departure of sophomore forward Tyler Stone: Read more…

Speed Read: UConn’s Calhoun Near Escape Plan

There was a lot of attention surrounding UConn entering last night’s Sweet 16 matchup with Purdue, and it was all for the wrong reasons. In the midst of an ongoing investigation of the school’s recruitment of now-departed super-stud prospect Nate Miles, no one has received as much heat as UConn’s architect himself, Jim Calhoun.

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Some are even calling the early stages of the NCAA’s review, which follows an investigation launched by Yahoo! sports, a second-coming of the precursor to Kelvin Sampson’s ouster at Indiana. The logic runs that, once the NCAA actually starts digging deep into the UConn records, they’ll find that Miles was just the latest in a string of recruits who were wooed by illegal meals, gifts and contact.

So what is a Hall of Famer like Calhoun to do? That’s easy: Win the whole thing, then walk away. If Calhoun’s Huskies get out of the gate as well as they did against Purdue last night. Not only did UConn sprint to an 8-0 lead and never look back, the Huskies showed the balance and Hasheem Thabeet-led inside dominance that could lift them back to another national title.

Sure, they’re out West, but with the additional inspiration UConn has received since its exit from the Big East tournament — first Calhoun’s hospitalization, then the Yahoo! investigation — UConn suddenly looks like the biggest beast left in the dance.

Meanwhile, Missouri proved that John Calipari - a past subject of NCAA indiscretions & Calhoun’s scorn after he stole onetime UConn recruit Marcus Camby - still has some work to do if he’s ever going to deliver a national title to the C-USA program he’s taken under his wing. Mizzou did everything that Memphis tries to do — run, trap, press and run some more — except they did it more effectively and efficiently. Even a late heat-check from Tyreke Evans and near-collapse from Mizzou couldn’t resuscitate Memphis, which means that the one team standing between Calhoun and a return trip to the Final Four is Mike Anderson. At least we know what the game plan will be come Saturday: Everybody press! Ready, break!

That wasn’t the case back East, where UConn once assumed it would be, and where No. 1 seed Pittsburgh struggled through another lackluster tourney win. It’s certainly not what Pitt fans will want to hear, but the Panthers just don’t seem to be clicking on all cylinders. In fact, one could argue that Pitt hasn’t played on its top speed since knocking off UConn … again … near the end of the regular season. In fact, let’s run the gauntlet of recent Pitt performances: Lost to West Virginia in Big East tournament, underwhelmed in beating No. 16 seed, trailed No. 8 seed Oklahoma State throughout much of second-round win, then eked past a Xavier team that should have been completely overwhelmed.

If that sounds like Pitt has set the table for a suddenly hot Villanova team to swoop in a steal a ticket to the Final Four, well, maybe they have. The Wildcats smoked a Duke team that was finally exposed at the point, with streaky shooters and with no semblance of a legitimate interior game. Perhaps not surprisingly, Duke again rolled snake eyes in the tournament because it was over-reliant on outside shooting and couldn’t stop a deep set of athletic guards and swingmen. Let’s see, Virginia Commonwealth (Eric Maynor), West Virginia (Joe Alexander), anyone in the Villanova starting lineup. Hmmm, anyone else see a pattern?

But there were other sports outside of the tournament right? Well, we suppose.

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Drug Dealer Calls Broncos RB Buckhalter A Client

The Denver Broncos have more grease fires right now than the kitchen of a seedy Mexican restaurant with a drunk chef. Franchise QB Jay Cutler is demanding a trade and Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall is awaiting the league’s wrath following his fourth arrest since 2006. And everyone seems to hate the new coach.

Correll Buckhalter

And now their big free agent signing is in hot water. The PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER says that ex-Eagles running back Correll Buckhalter has been named by an alleged drug dealer as a client during his trial. The prosecutor in the case of the wonderfully named Styles N. Beckles (no, not this Stylez) mentioned Buckhalter and former Temple football player Keita Crespina as two athletes to whom Beckles had sold drugs.

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