Finally, the announcement was made that athletic director Mike Alden was bringing home Kim Anderson, 15 years after he passed him over after Norm Stewart retired, as the new head basketball coach in Columbia.
The news has been met with mixed reviews by Mizzou fans, who were hoping for a bigger splash, most notably, Tigers fans were hoping to see the name Gregg Marshall of Wichita State appear as the choice.
Instead, the Tigers have Anderson, and based on comments made to Frank Cusamano of KSDK NewsChannel 5 in St. Louis, there may be another Kim on the way soon too.
Kim English, who wants to coach at #Mizzou one day, tells me today he will give the NBA another chance before trying to join the staff.
— Frank Cusumano (@Frank_Cusumano) April 28, 2014
Talk about going from one extreme to another. After the faithful had lost the faith in Haith, Alden's decision to bring in Anderson, even if he was a second choice, is a clear rallying cry to the deep base to rally around the program.
And if bringing home one "true son" was not enough, the move may allow Alden to bring home two when English's NBA career/dreams comes to an end.
There is more good news around this situation as well as it look like Alden has retained Tim Fuller's services, according to Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post Dispatch late Monday night.
So, for those fans worried about whether Kim Anderson can recruit, he may not have to with Fuller on the staff now, and English joining the staff later. Fuller and English could give Anderson quite a powerful recruiting duo.
Some may be frustrated by this move Alden, but for this fan, this is the right move. Its a smart move. It makes it very easy to support this basketball team because Anderson will quickly show that he has a system that preaches tough-minded, physical and disciplined basketball.
And with Fuller likely in tow according to Matter and with English on the way, this trio could build something very powerful in Columbia despite skeptics.