ESPN is reporting that the Georgia Bulldogs have offered Missouri’s Mike Anderson a contract of more than $2 million per season. UGASports.com has been following the story and has also referenced the ESPN article.
If the Dawgs are able to obtain Mike Anderson, it would be a huge hire for the UGA basketball program. Anderson is highly regarded after leading the Missouri Tigers to the Big 12 Tournament Championship, the Elite Eight of the 2009 NCAA Tournament and winning 31 games this season.
Overall, Anderson is 65-35 in three seasons at Missouri. Prior to Missouri, Anderson was the head coach at UAB and compiled an overall record of 89-41 (42-20 C-USA). He led the Blazers to three NCAA Tournament births in four seasons and was named the Conference USA Coach of the Year (2003-04 season).
The news about Anderson comes after a quiet, lengthy search conducted by Damon Evans and the Georgia Bulldogs. News about the coaching search finally broke when information was uncovered that Anderson met with Georgia yesterday.
Although I hope Mike Anderson decides to take the head coaching position at Georgia, he has a tough decision to make. Missouri has reportedly offered him around $1.3 million to stay, but the dark horse could be the Memphis Tigers should John Calipari accept the job at Kentucky. Stay tuned!
Andy Katz at ESPN says that if Mike Anderson declines Georgia’s offer, the Dawgs could turn to Miami’s Frank Haith or Clemson’s Oliver Purnell.