Missouri paying search firm $42,500 following Kim Anderson hire

04/28/2014 10:43 AM

04/28/2014 7:58 PM

Missouri entered into a contract with Collegiate Sports Associates Executive Search and Consulting on April 18 for assistance in its ongoing search for a new men’s basketball coach.

Collegiate Sports Associates, which according to the contract will receive $42,500 plus expenses after Kim Anderson is introduced Tuesday, is a North Carolina-based search firm led by president Todd Turner.

The contract also includes a guarantee that if the new basketball coach leaves Missouri “on his accord” for non-health reasons within the first year he is appointed, Collegiate Sports Associates will lead the search for the next coach for free.

MU would only pay for “reasonable out-of-pocket business expenses” in that instance.

According to the contract, Turner — a former athletic director at Connecticut, North Carolina State, Vanderbilt and Washington — led the search. He started his career in athletic administration at Virginia.

Dave Odom, who was the head coach at Wake Forest and South Carolina, is a senior consultant at Collegiate Sports Associates and also helped with the search, a source told The Star.

During previous searches in 2006 and 2011, Missouri had used a different search firm, Dallas-based Eastman and Beaudine.

Missouri paid Eastman and Beaudine $60,000 for a search that netted Mike Anderson in 2006 and $50,000 for the search to hire Anderson’s replacement, Frank Haith, in 2011.

Haith came to Missouri from the University of Miami and coached three seasons with the Tigers before he was introduced April 18 as the Tulsa men’s basketball coach. That is the same day Collegiate Sports Associates was hired.

The search firm duties include assessing interest of priority candidates, identification and recruitment of candidates, communication with priority candidates and confidential communication with the finalists.

Collegiate Sports Associates also is obligated to perform educational and criminal background checks and will provide input on the contract and how the new coach will be introduced. MU will release Anderson’s contract details Tuesday.

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