This post was last updated today (Tuesday) at 3:06pm.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Things became very heated just before 9pm Saturday night after the KTUL (Tulsa, OK) Sports Director, Chris Lincoln made this post on twitter…
Reports out of Arkansas say Mizzou coach Mike Anderson to be introduced tomorrow in Fayetteville as Razorbacks new head basketball coach.
About 30 minutes later the main CBS Sports twitter account (with 22,250 Followers) tweeted:
Report: Missouri’s Mike Anderson to become Arkansas head coach – http://bit.ly/AndersonARK
Then Cliff Judy (Reporter for KMBC 9 of Kansas City) reported that the previous tweet might not have been as solid as many believed:
We just talked with Tulsa sports director who tweeted Mike Anderson was leaving Missouri for Arkansas. He says it’s not set in stone.
But, then Greg Anthony of CBS Sports and NBA TV sent this out to his 17,000+ followers:
I’m hearing Mike Anderson to Arkansas!!!
Matt Turner of KNWA in Fayetteville posted this info just before 10pm Saturday:
A close friend of Mike Anderson & Nolan Richardson suddenly passed away today. I’m told he & his family are focused on the loss right now.
More fuel to the fire:
Just received a report that KC radio reporting Mike Anderson will be in Fayetteville tonight or tomorrow. Do they watch Tulsa news?
Jordan Stuckey of the Stuck with Smitty show on Hog Sports Radio in Fayetteville added this. I’m guessing the source is Twitter:
Word is that Mike Anderson is Arkansas new head coach! Good for him and for Arkansas!
Update: Missed this one last night… Jimmy Sexton would never do this to Arkansas. Would he?
It is like this people. Either Mike Anderson will be named Hog coach tomorrow, or Jimmy Sexton is working his magic again….
Robbie Neiswanger of NWA Online spoke with former Arkansas Head Coach and Mike Anderson mentor Nolan Richardson:
Also asked Richardson if Anderson would tell him if he was returning to Arkansas: “Maybe. Maybe not. I don’t know.”
Missourian Sports also spoke with Coach Richardson:
Nolan Richardson in response to Anderson tweeters: ““I think they know more than Mike knows.” http://bit.ly/hlDYOq
Garry Parrish (The guy at CBS that broke the story that the KTUL Sports Director has broken the story) gives us a couple tweets:
Mike Anderson to Arkansas is NOT done, but a source told CBSSports.com it is headed that way. Still, a Sunday introduction is unlikely.
Here’s that 2nd tweet I promised… Note: Garry Parrish isn’t actually Justin Bieber
Here’s my story on Anderson, Arkansas and where this is right now. http://bit.ly/hXQV3c (Excuse the avatar, please. I lost a bet.)
Another update from KNWA’s Matt Turner:
I haven’t personally heard anything about a deal between Mike Anderson & Arkansas. Talked to 3 people earlier tonight. One would know 4 sure
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Doug Gottlieb chimes in… BTW: you can listen to Doug Gottlieb’s recent comments regarding Mike Anderson to Arkansas here.
@andykatz just emailed me that Arkansas has not interviewed MA. My source says the same. We will see int he AM
Sounds like Shawn has been talking to somebody in the know:
On Mike Anderson: Response I received when asked if deal is complete, “Not yet.” Text was sent at 11:15.
Same for TJ Carpenter… Since you mentioned TJ (or what that me) checkout his new site. I helped
As of 11:54pm march 19th, mike Anderson is still in talks with the university of Arkansas. They are meeting RIGHT now.
We also have some random radio guy from New York:
Reports indicate that Mike Anderson will leave for Missouri for Arkansas. Tough blow for people in Columbia.
UPDATE: As of Noon Sunday, March 20th….
Sources say that sources say…
Source says Anderson told top recruit Otto Porter last night that Anderson would be at #Mizzou next year.
Shawn hasn’t gotten any more text messages worth tweeting about, but he will…. so follow him. Remember he broke the Petrino contract extension story a week+ before it happened. Or was that Mike Wizowski?
In an effort to be the 1st Ark media member to report about MA coming to UA ,it should be noted that it is 10:41 and I’ve got nothing.
Remember that New York radio guy…. He’s already talking about Mike Anderson’s replacement.
Look for Missouri State’s Cuonzo Martin to be a major name linked to Missouri once Mike Anderson to Arkansas is official.
Dan Wolken is the national sports writer for The Daily, that iPad newspaper everyone (me) got all excited about last month, but now they charge for it…
By the way, I have never seen a group of media more in denial than Missouri’s re: Mike Anderson
Thanks! The timeline has now been Sexton…ed up
On a scale of 1-10, was told MA to Ark is an 8.
40/29 has no idea:
Hog Coaching Search Update: Arkansas men’s basketball continues to search for a head coach, with Missouri’s Mike… http://bit.ly/h0lW96
I don’t know what this means, but do they still call the NCAA Tourney “The Dance” because I want some of that…
The Jimmy Sexton dance continues….
UPDATE: 1:00pm on March 20th
Interesting link from Dudley… Blog post from the CampusCorner, a blog from The Kansas City Star:
Some speculation from Missouri on Mike Anderson to Arkansas: http://bit.ly/fBP5fu
have we all been played for fools?…
Sexton driving bus on M. Anderson rumors. Alden will not go above $2M. No matter how much Sexton leaks to create panic.
@shawnandwally MA can not talk to anyone without written permission from both Mizzou ADand Chancellor per his contract. He does not have said permission at this time per a source in Missouri.
Executive producer for OKBlitz.com and KOTV:
If Mike Anderson and Arkansas are talking, you have to think it gets done. He was option #1 with no close 2nd. ARK won’t let him slip away
UPDATE: 2:00pm on March 20th
So Mike Anderson can’t talk to us without permission, but…
[dramaticsoundeffect] Dun Dun Dunnnnnn
@SharpTusk Correct it does not prohibit agent, but if he breached contract I’m told Mizzou will enforce the stipulations and make him pay back money. There are rumors that he was in Fville with Long late last night..would breach if true.
Reported by random person on Wikipedia (So obviously very credible)… The new Head Coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks is:
Disclaimer: Not saying this is credible/accurate. Simply interesting. Also from wikipedia. Take w/ grain of salt. http://twitpic.com/4biymi
↑ BTW: What’s the best way to show sarcasm? ↑
Your Razorback Update:
One thing you can count on after any Jimmy Sexton influenced coaching search. A member of the media will look like an idiot.
UPDATE: 3:00 pm on March 20th
Sports editor from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweets:
Despite speculation, nothing definitive on Mizzou’s Mike Anderson yet: http://bit.ly/dUykKz
Things are starting to slow down. Maybe reporters should wait for better info before posting. Shawn Arnell agrees…
Y’all know this, but doesn’t hurt to offer a reminder: When I know something definitive, y’all will know. Until then, laying low. Join me.
From SPORTSbyBROKS via his Facebook page:
I said this earlier this week and I will repeat it, because I keep hearing it from multiple sources: The old guard at Arkansas doesn’t want Anderson because they fear it would inject Nolan back onto campus. There is internal strife over that @UA. Open secret. Coaches and ADs I’ve talked to this week re: Arky have all mentioned it. Every single one.
And another Facebook post…
Anderson is clearly Arky’s best hire, but as we found out at TTU w/ Leach, administrators, boosters, donors and prominent alumni aren’t afraid to put their personal feelings above a program and/or school. No matter how petty and ridiculous it looks. Sometimes it ISN’T all about winning. This might be one of those cases. We’ll see. Wouldn’t want to be Long right now.
UPDATE: 4:30 pm on March 20th
The Mizzou AD isn’t talking:
Saw Mizzou AD Mike Alden at @MUTigerBaseball game and he told me, “I will not comment on speculation and rumor.”
Jack Harry of NBC Action News in Kansas City says Mike Anderson may have priced himself out of the Arkansas job.
Mike Anderson might have priced himself out of Arkansas job. Razorbacks reportedly waiting to talk to Buzz Wiilliams of Marquette.
Jimmie Tramel of TulsaWorld.com:
Regarding Mike Anderson speculation: It’s my understanding that if Arkansas hits an asking price, he’s calling the Hogs. #breakthebank?
Monday, March 21, 2011
I have no idea who this is, but ya never know…. it might be true.
Mike Anderson has a limited time to mull over 5 year, $2M offer from Arkansas before Jeff Long moves on … I hope Mike accepts it.
Shawn Arnell says Mike Anderson is still in play.
The Buzz is that all signs are still pointing towards Mike.
Dudley Dawson says an offer has not been made
HI’s sources say the reports of a 5-year, $2 million offer to Mike Anderson – and a short time to mull it – are not true.
UPDATE: 11:20 am on March 21st
Originally found on TigerBoard.com:
Missouri basketball players said Anderson had told them that they “would hear from him first if anything happens.” http://hogs.me/hRuV5X
UPDATE: 4:00 pm on March 21st
A Mizzou student tweeted:
… FWIW Coach Anderson just got done playing basketball at Mizzou Rec Center
It may be about time to start a new twitter timeline… I think I’ll call it “The Buzz on Twitter”
The St. Louis Post Dispatch is reporting Mike Anderson is close to signing a contract extension at Missouri http://bit.ly/huQE6N
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
If I ever need an agent I’m calling Jimmy Sexton
Jimmy Sexton tells WHBQ in Memphis discussions with Mizzou are “ongoing” and nothing is “imminent.” MA’s decision expected in next few days
All “Hell” is about to break loose.
The rumor mill back in full force…
I have full confidence in saying Mike Anderson will be the coach today. I have multiple sources, some secondary, one primary who are sure
If you want Mike Anderson at Arkansas things are looking good.
9.5 out 10, Jeff Long has done his job.
So you’re saying it smells like Sexton in here
@shawnandwally It’s about 9.9 now after the email I just received IMHO
When he’ll bet his Lakers jersey on it get back to us…
HawgSports.com’s Otis Kirk says UA will have a basketball coach in the next 48 hours, and he feels strongly it will be Mike Anderson.
Didn’t you guys say it was already offered?…
Arkansas Prepared to Offer Coaching Job To Mike Anderson: http://bit.ly/hY6fDc
You might want to read these related posts:
March 1st: Audio: “Arkansas Is Coming Open” Going After Mike Anderson
March 7th: Video: Nolan Richardson’s Arkansas Razorbacks
March 14th: Jeff Long’s Opening Remarks & Summary On John Pelphrey’s Firing
March 15th: Arkansas Basketball: The Time Has Come
March 16th: Does Arkansas really want the best coach available?