Who will replace Mike Anderson at Missouri? Here are some possible candidates:
Cuonzo Martin, Missouri State
Let’s declare him the leading candidate. Martin is an East St. Louis, Ill., native who went 26-8 at Springfield this season.
He has a great gig coaching at his alma mater, so why would he leave? He makes $1.3 million, and how much was Mizzou willing to pay to keep Anderson?
Brad Stevens, Butler
He’s the hottest young coach in the business and in no hurry to leave the program he took to the 2010 national title game and this year’s Sweet 16. Doesn’t hurt to try.
Up-and-comer who has taken Winthrop and Wichita State to the postseason. He’s been linked to other jobs in the East.
Shaka Smart, VCU
Smart, 33, would endear himself to the Tigers if his Rams can deny KU a Final Four trip this weekend.
Others who might listen to Mizzou:
Anthony Grant, Alabama
Josh Pastner, Memphis
Randy Bennett, St. Mary’s
Tad Boyle, Colorado
Brian Gregory, Dayton