The future looks dim for Kim

Head coach Kim Anderson will now have his name in University of Missouri basketball records as his team set an all-time record … for most losses in a row.

With Florida and Georgia next in line to face the mighty Tigers, odds are very good that Kim’s team should be able to extend that record to at least 15 losses in a row.

Looking a bit further down the line, powerhouse SEC basketball programs Auburn and Mississippi State will be licking their chops to make it 17 in a row and then on comes the SEC tournament where the Tigers are virtually certain to get the bottom seed, all but assuring they’ll finish the 2014-2015 season with the honorable distinction of being the worst basketball team in the history of the mighty Tigers.

Mike Alden, what have you done?

I have nothing against Kim Anderson. He had a stellar career at Mizzou and apparently did quite well coaching at the Division 2 level. When he was appointed head coach at Mizzou, it was hard to argue and he certainly had a mess on his hands to begin his tenure.

Frank Haith went on to greener pastures at the University of Tulsa. I just watched his team hand a beat down to Tulane and they seem to be doing okay. I liked Frank, tainted image and everything that he brought from his Miami U days.

Frank took over for Mike Anderson who returned to coach his beloved Hogs at Arkansas. Again, I liked Mike and he seemed to get a lot out of his players.

Kim, I’m not so sure. Maybe there’s something beyond his calm, courtside demeanor. Maybe he gets his players fired up at practices. Somehow I doubt it.

Even if he does, it certainly doesn’t seem to cross over into Tiger basketball games. I have tried to watch the majority of their games. That in itself is a tough task to do, start to finish. Air balls, balls bounced off of knees, mysterious passes to no one, silly fouls, frustration fouls, turnovers, clanked shot after clanked shot.

This is a young team, full of lots of freshmen and sophomores. They’re just developing their potential is what I hear.

What I see is very little potential.

What I see is a tough recruiting year coming up for the Tigers where Kim will totally fail in sealing the borders and the best talent in this state will take their talents elsewhere. So Kim will resort to signing a few juco transfers and though the current crop of MU Tigers may put on a few pounds in the off-season, they’ll still be who they are and Kim will still be who he is and we’ll be lamenting for a new head coach sometime about mid-December of 2015, saying that Kim has had his chance and it’s time to move on and find someone who can actually turn this program around.

They say that St. Louis is a baseball town. Try as they might, the Rams and the Blues will always be a notch below the Cardinals. (The Rams seem to fall a few more notches on a weekly basis and I’m sure silent Stan is mulling over his next move in the high-stakes NFL team in LA game.)

It’s a similar story at the University of Missouri. When we joined the SEC, Mizzou athletics totally put their focus on football.

Other programs have benefited by the move, no doubt. But cash is king and the king of cash in the NCAA is SEC football.

Basketball is an afterthought.

As a result, the program is in a very sad state of affairs.

And I don’t see it getting any better with Kim Anderson at the helm.

Again, I have nothing against Kim Anderson other than this simple fact.

Mizzou fans deserve better.

 

I no longer miss the Big 12

A year ago, I was lamenting the Missouri Tigers move to the SEC Conference.

I thought it was all about the money. Well, perhaps it was and is and always will be.

Still, I was bummed that Mizzou had lost the chance to go up against Nebraska and Oklahoma in football and our chief rival in basketball was now a thing of the past.

So much for the past.

Nebraska looks lost in the Big 10. Oklahoma is still doing its thing in the Big 12 but the Big 12 no longer seems relevant. Baylor is the big power now. Baylor?

My, how times have changed.

My entire day yesterday was structured around SEC football. Leaf raking in the morning. A much needed haircut followed by a good workout so I could justify parking my butt on the couch for seven consecutive hours and I would have to say, those may have been the best seven hours of TV viewing time I have seen in a long, long time.

The Auburn-Alabama game was fun to watch as an outsider. I really had no hopes at all for Auburn but Alabama didn’t seem to have their ‘A’ game and when Auburn scored to tie the game with less than 30 seconds left, I was wondering if maybe, just maybe, we might see a little magic in the old Iron Bowl.

I actually was thinking it would be better if Alabama won followed by a Tigers victory so that we could potentially knock off #1 next weekend but that seemed like a pretty tall order to begin with.

I’ve watched Alabama play several games as well as the Tigers (whenever and wherever I could find them on whatever weird cable channel they happened to be on at the time). I really didn’t think Mizzou matched up very well against them.

Now, I don’t have to worry about that thanks to the most stunning end to a college football game I have ever seen. It really couldn’t have been written any better than that ending. And I must admit, I was happy to see things backfire on Nick Saban. He’s a great football coach but it seems like he almost has too many toys at his disposal. Seeing the miracle ending of the Auburn game was the magic of what college football is all about. And by the time the interviews were done and the Auburn fans were still screaming on the field, it was time to switch over to MU-Texas A&M and see what we could do against Johnny Football.

I thought Mizzou would win. But in my heart, I was waiting to be stabbed, waiting for the interception or long TD pass or 5th down play that would send Mizzou to a bowl game that would be good, but not great.

Because it seems that’s what Mizzou has always done.

But the Tigers held tight on defense and Henry Josey took his restructured knee and turned this Doubting Thomas into a believer.

Now Mizzou, in just its second year in the SEC, is a Conference Champion with the chance to win it all this Saturday. This is supposed to be the best football conference in America and we’re playing in the Championship Game!

What?

How?

The Tigers?

Relevant?

This is insane.

And it is oh, so enjoyable.

Adios, Big 12. I no longer miss you.

The Tigers have much better things to do now.

This is a week to be savored and I’m looking forward to Saturday.

Go Tigers!