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Shaka Smart has passed up other chances to leave VCU

Texas-El Paso’s Tim Floyd and Central Missouri’s Kim Anderson have been linked to Missouri’s open men’s basketball job.

But the list of coaches who say no one from MU or an intermediary has reached out is considerably longer. It includes Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall and Stephen F. Austin’s Brad Underwood, a former Kansas State assistant under Bob Huggins and Frank Martin.

One name that has popped up on wish lists during Missouri’s search is VCU’s Shaka Smart.

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By TOD PALMER. 10 hours ago

Video: Blair Kerkhoff on Missouri's coaching wish list

Is Kim Anderson just a fallback and is Gregg Marshall a realistic option? The Kansas City Star's Blair Kerkhoff & CineSport's Noah Coslov discuss the latest on Missouri's basketball coaching search.

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Former K-State assistant Brad Underwood would listen if Missouri called

Stephen F. Austin coach Brad Underwood has not been contacted by Missouri about its men’s basketball opening.

Underwood, a former Kansas State assistant under Bob Huggins and Frank Martin, said he’d listen if the Tigers called.

“That’s an unbelievable job,” Underwood said. “That’s my type of job. The basketball aside, it’s been a great spot for many years with a ton of great players. It’s a great university, but I’m still the coach at Stephen F.”

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By TOD PALMER. yesterday

Could Kim Anderson become the next Bo Ryan?

Kim Anderson isn’t alone in being passed up for a head coaching job by his alma mater. Anderson’s former Missouri teammate, Bill Flamack, draws a comparison with Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan.

Ryan was an assistant coach with the Badgers for eight seasons from 1976-84 Those were dark days — Wisconsin was 79-141 overall and 39-105 in the Big Ten. But in 1984, Ryan moved on to what would become a storied Division III career at Wisconsin-Platteville, where he won four national championships.

During the next 17 years, Wisconsin passed on bringing back Ryan three times. He interviewed for the job twice but was passed over for Stu Jackson in 1992 and for Dick Bennett three years later.

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By TOD PALMER. yesterday

Mizzou basketball program far from being pushed to the sidelines

With Missouri’s basketball coaching search in motion, now is a good time to dispel an idea that has gained momentum since about mid-February.

That is, Missouri has assumed a full Southeastern Conference flavor, which is to say football is such a priority as to dwarf interest in all other sports, including men’s basketball.

I’m not buying it.

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By BLAIR KERKHOFF. yesterday

MU safety Braylon Webb grows into leadership role

Missouri senior strong safety Braylon Webb is a man of few words, which is fine with Gary Pinkel.

“The best form of leadership is, No. 1, lead by example,” said Pinkel, who has coached the Tigers to 102 victories, the most in program history. “That’s the best form and then, if you want to, be vocal. But I’ve seen some great leaders that didn’t say a whole lot. Brad Smith didn’t say a whole lot.”

And so it is with Webb, who is the unquestioned leader of Missouri’s secondary this season.

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By TOD PALMER. yesterday

Tennessee hires Southern Mississippi's Tyndall

Tennessee's coaching position had just become available when Donnie Tyndall received a text message urging him to pursue the job.

This particular message did not come from Tyndall's agent. It instead was from his 11-year-old daughter, Grace Elizabeth. Her note said in all capital letters that "THE TENNESSEE JOB IS OPEN. HINT, HINT."

"Certainly this is a job that was on my radar - and Gracie's too," Tyndall said Tuesday at his introductory press conference as Tennessee's coach.

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By STEVE MEGARGEE. yesterday

KU women’s basketball signs Johnson County Community College guard

Johnson County Community College guard Timeka O’Neal signed a letter of intent to play for the Kansas women’s basketball team, KU announced Monday. O’Neal, 5 feet 4, played at Raytown High and averaged 11.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and a team-best 5.1 assists per game in her sophomore season with the Cavaliers.

• Grandview’s Drea Lesure signed with Park University, where she will play softball and women’s basketball. Lesure, 5-9, averaged 10.2 points per game in her final season.

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