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Blair Kerkhoff blog: Mizzou A.D. Alden deserved extension

Updated: 2012-08-30T19:45:58Z

By BLAIR KERKHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Tiger Club regulars at the Westport Flea Market said Tuesday’s reception of Missouri athletic director Mike Alden was the most enthusiastic they’d seen. It hasn’t always been that way.

Over the years, Alden has had detractors for various reasons, mostly involving basketball decisions. Some in the old guard resented Alden for not having a better relationship with coaching legend Norm Stewart. There was the Ricky Clemons fiasco, the Quin Snyder firing and not landing Matt Painter.

In 2006, on the day Mike Anderson was hired, the bigger story that day was Alden hadn’t been fired.

Tiger Clubbers had been tough on Alden on past visits. But not this time. The group and all Mizzou fans should welcome the news of Alden’s two-year contract extension. The announcement came Thursday.

The deal through 2019 doesn’t give Alden a salary bump, but it gives him security to guide the athletic program through its transition into the Southeastern Conference.

The school has committed some $200 million in facility improvements with Faurot Field upgrades as the center piece. Football season ticket sales sold out for the first time, donations to the scholarship fund are up, and all of this is happening because 10 months ago Missouri was introduced as the latest addition to the SEC. Alden was a major player in that move.

The extension is well deserved.

To reach Blair Kerkhoff, call 816-234-4730 or send email to bkerkhoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/BlairKerkhoff.

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