GRAPHIC: Salary increase could put Anderson in good company

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 | 10:46 a.m. CDT; updated 10:04 a.m. CDT, Thursday, March 24, 2011
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If Mike Anderson were to join the rarefied ranks of the nation’s highest-paid basketball coaches, he’d need a $500,000 bump in pay. We found a dozen other coaches in the $2 million and above bracket. Roll over the names to see how their records compare.

If Mike Anderson were to join the rarefied ranks of the nation’s highest-paid basketball coaches, he’d need a $500,000 bump in pay. We found a dozen other coaches in the $2 million and above bracket.

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Jeremy Calton March 23, 2011 | 11:36 a.m.

Most of those schools are top tier basketball schools. It's downright silly to compare Mizzou to Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, or Florida.
Sean Miller at Arizona might be the best comparison, since he has a good W/L record, competes with UCLA (=Kansas) and no Final Fours.
It's ridiculous to think that if they pay their coach more, it will make them as good as those schools.
This is a lot like CEO pay over the past 15 years. Companies felt like they had to drastically increase CEO pay to make it seem to their investors [alumni in this analogy] like they were a prestigious corporation. When, really, CEO's hadn't gotten any smarter or better at their jobs. It was the same pool of CEO's it had always been, except now they were making 50x more than before, just to keep up appearances among the other companies. Nobody's performance changed.
Every year still only four teams make the final four...and generally three of them are from the same pool of top-tier schools (which Mizzou is not). I guess what they are paying for is to be that #4 Cinderella...not sure it works that way.
Anderson is going to just keep extorting MU for money year after year until the timing is right to go to Arkansas, then he'll say "Thank you very much" and leave.
Which is fine...since that's the system MU has bought into.
When Norm retired, he begged the AD and selection committee to hire a Missouri boy that would never leave. That's another route they could have gone. If they had, they wouldn't be asking something as insane as "is $1.5 million a year [plus ad deals] enough to coach our middle-tier program?"
But can a local boy, such as Sundvold, attract the best recruits in the country? Nope.
But do we really think if they pay Anderson as much as Pitino, he'll get the same caliber of talent simply because he's in the same income bracket?
The whole thing is a waste of time. They're going to pay him what they can afford. If Anderson's program increases ad/tv/ticket revenue, then they'll pay him more. If it doesn't, they won't, because they can't.
Either way, paying him more is going to have ZERO correlation with recruiting or wins. The team's shot selection is going to be the same next year as it has been for the past 5 years. Free throw shooting is going to be the same. Team energy in big games and small games will be the same. Money won't change any of that unless you start paying for performance.

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Nikki Tekeei March 23, 2011 | 11:56 a.m.

Hey, just wondering the backstory - is Mizzou considering upping his salary? I had to go to the Trib to see if they had anything more substantial ... which I hate doing! A little more context might be helpful. Otherwise this seems a little presumptuous/gossipy.

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Jimmy Bearfield March 23, 2011 | 11:57 a.m.

Well put, Jeremy. I would add that there's a similar disconnect on the pro player side: It's ridiculous for a franchise to pay a player $5 million or more annually unless there's a clear business showing that that player's presence will increase revenue by at least that amount.

BTW, how has home attendance fared during Anderson's tenure?

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Louis Schneebaum March 23, 2011 | 12:51 p.m.

The Tigers choked on every big game this season. They were only in the top 20 when they were playing schools that nobody had ever heard of.

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Tom Warhover March 23, 2011 | 1:08 p.m.

More backstory can be found on the Missourian sports blog here Nikki.

I'll ask that we include the link at the top of this file as well.

Tom Warhover
executive editor

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David Rosman March 23, 2011 | 5:16 p.m.

Are you kidding me? No one is worth that much for coaching a children's game. But if MU wants a coach, I'll take the job at one-half the salary.

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Ricky Gurley March 23, 2011 | 5:41 p.m.

Perhaps the reason you can't get that job David is due to the difference in your perceived self-worth and "the other guy's" perceived self-worth? Just saying......

Ricky Gurley

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Richard Saunders March 23, 2011 | 6:16 p.m.

It would sure be nice to see a Coach Anderson that is from Missouri, instead of the carpet-bagging paycheck seekers that have been here since Coach Stewart retired.

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Paul Allaire March 23, 2011 | 6:39 p.m.

Send them to IRAQ!!!

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