Possible candidates for Missouri’s basketball job

04/18/2014 11:15 AM

04/18/2014 11:15 AM

For the third time in nine years, Missouri athletic director Mike Alden is putting together a list of candidates to become the Tigers’ next basketball coach. Here are 10 possible targets. Keep in mind Tennessee also is on the prowl for a new coach.

Top of the wish list

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Gregg Marshall, Wichita State:

Tops nearly every list over the past two years by building the Shockers into a national power. Marshall seems satisfied in Wichita, and his bigger temptation may be when one of the blue-blood jobs open.

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Shaka Smart, VCU:

Marshall may have taken from Smart the title of most coveted coaching candidate, but Smart has been seen as a coup hire since taking the Rams to the 2011 Final Four.

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Archie Miller, Dayton:

Miller is hot, hot, hot after leading the Flyers to this year’s Elite Eight, which earned him a contract extension through 2019.

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Chris Mack, Xavier:

Mack, who has taken Xaiver to four NCAA Tournaments in five years, is often associated with job openings. He took over when Sean Miller went to Arizona. Is it Mack’s turn to leave?

More realistic options

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Michael White, Louisiana Tech:

The son of Duke athletic director Kevin White, he led the Bulldogs to a 29-8 record in his third year and was said to be on the radar of Auburn and South Florida earlier this season.

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Brad Underwood, Stephen F. Austin:

The former Kansas State assistant under Frank Martin was remarkable in his first season as a head coach, rolling to a 32-3 record and upsetting VCU in the NCAA Tournament.

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Ben Howland:

He built the Pittsburgh program and went to three Final Fours with UCLA before he was fired after the 2013 season. He is the most accomplished coach currently without a job.

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Donnie Tyndall, Southern Mississippi:

Took Morehead State to two NCAA Tournaments in his last three years there, and has been to the NIT in both years at Hattiesburg. Plus, he knows a little about Mizzou, having defeated the Tigers in an NIT second-round game last month.

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Matt Painter, Purdue:

Missouri went down this road three years ago, and at one point may have had a tentative agreement to hire Painter. It didn’t work out, and in the last two years, the Boilermakers have gone 31-35.

Outside the box

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Kim Anderson, Central Missouri: Anderson’s Mules are fresh off the Division II championship, and a large segment of the Missouri fan base would give this hire a standing ovation. The concern, naturally, is recruiting at the highest level. But Anderson, a Sedalia native, did just that as a Tigers assistant under Norm Stewart in two stints covering a total of 11 years. Anderson is 58, but there is not another hire that would galvanize the fan base more than bringing him back.

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