When Missouri athletics director Mike Alden said that he was "pleased and excited" about the hiring of University of Central Missouri's Kim Anderson as head basketball coach, he seemed to be sharing a fairly unpopular opinion. Many took to Twitter to complain that it was an underwhelming hire since he is a Division II coach.
However, most sports columnists agree that Anderson's integrity, discipline and loyalty to Missouri (his alma mater) sets him above the rest. Still, the question remains: Will Anderson be able to transition from Division II to the unfamiliar Division I without any hiccups?
Only time will tell.
St. Louis Post Dispatch: Sports columnist Bernie Miklasz defends Anderson's age, recruitment abilities and the fact that he was passed over for this job three times. Bernie: Give Kim Anderson a chance.
ESPN: Men's college basketball blogger Dana O'Neil criticizes the school's alleged decision to spend $42,500 on hiring a search firm to find Anderson in Missouri's twisted route to its coaching hire.
Yahoo Sports: Jeff Eisenberg, writer for The Dagger, calls the hiring of Anderson a "calculated risk" to guard against issues that Missouri has had in the past, such as an underachieving team in Can new Mizzou coach Kim Anderson smoothly make the jump from Division II?
Sporting News: Mike DeCourcy argues that while some might call Anderson the "safe route," he is actually a gamble because of his lack of Division I experience in Missouri AD gambles on D-II coach with strong Mizzou ties.
Sports Illustrated: Brian Hamilton builds a comparison between Anderson and Bo Ryan, a coach who spent 15 years at a Division III school before taking the Wisconsin Badgers on to win 72 percent of their games and finally, the Final Four in The next Bo Ryan? Missouri hires Division II coach Kim Anderson.