MU official says Memphis has not asked to talk with Anderson

Monday, March 30, 2009 | 8:24 p.m. CDT; updated 9:02 a.m. CDT, Thursday, April 2, 2009

COLUMBIA — Speculation that Missouri men's basketball coach Mike Anderson would be the top choice at Memphis to succeed John Calipari grew Monday when Kentucky received permission to talk to Calipari for its vacancy. Missouri athletics spokesman Dave Reiter, noting that Calipari hadn't yet taken the Kentucky job, said Monday evening that Memphis had not requested permission to talk to Anderson. Missouri officials want to increase Anderson's $850,000 annual salary to at least $1 million and extend his contract for five more years.