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Anderson out as MU hoops coach

Dec 19, 2015; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers head coach Kim Anderson reacted to play during the first half against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Mizzou Arena. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Missouri Tigers confirm they’ll have a new men’s basketball coach next season.

The athletics department announced Sunday afternoon that athletics director Jim Sterk had asked Kim Anderson to step down at the end of the season.

“This decision has been very difficult for me personally because of the tremendous respect I have for Kim,” Sterk said. “I know how hard he and his staff have worked to turn the program around over the last three years, however, the lack of on-court success has resulted in a significant drop in interest surrounding our program, and we could not afford for that to continue another year.”

Anderson was hired in April 2014 after former MU coach Frank Haith left for the University of Tulsa. In 2016, the Tigers announced they were self-imposing sanctions on the basketball program for recruiting violations that happened during Haith’s tenure. The NCAA later accepted those sanctions and added an additional year of probation for the basketball program.

“While we have faced significant challenges over the last three years and been unable to achieve the on-court results everyone would have liked, I do believe we have been able to stabilize the program while watching our players become responsible young men on and off the court,” Anderson said. “I would especially like to thank my staff and players who have worked so hard to turn this program around. I’m proud of the growth I’ve seen in our players academically, athletically and socially since their arrival on campus, and feel very good about our efforts to serve Columbia, the University and the State of Missouri through impactful events and organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, Tigers on the Prowl, Rally for Rhyan and the University of Missouri Children’s Hospital.”

The men’s basketball team has a 26-67 overall record and 8-46 conference record with Anderson as head coach. Sterk says a national search for the next basketball coach will begin immediately.

The Tigers begin SEC tournament play against Auburn at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.