UGA Offers Head Basketball Position to Anderson, Now Waits

BernieCorrespondent IMarch 31, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 28:  Head Coach Mike Anderson of the Missouri Tigers adjusts his team against the Connecticut Huskies in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the University of Phoenix Stadium on March 28, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Since the end of January when Georgia lost to Florida unceremoniously, things have been really quiet for Georgia basketball. Sure, the team made a couple headlines later in the season, most notably with a win over Florida in Athens and one over Kentucky in Lexington; and then after the season when two scholarship players decided to leave the team. But for the most part the bulk of the hoops season for Georgia fans came and went as quiet as a mouse.

All of that changed this morning as news broke that UGA AD Damon Evans has offered Mike Anderson of Missouri the head basketball coach position. Reportedly, the offer is a multi-year deal that is for more than $2 million a season.

Mike Anderson is coming off of an Elite 8 appearance and Evans is coming off a chance to enter in negotiations with highly regarded Anthony Grant of VCU. It turned out Evans had a bigger hand to play and refused to sit down at the table until some of the pretty ones had finished dancing.

Now Georgia fans and likely Anderson himself will wait to see what happens in Lexington and Memphis. Anderson is widely thought to be a candidate at Memphis should John Calipari accept Kentucky's offer which came Monday.

Anderson spent 17 seasons under Nolan Richardson's tutelage at Arkansas before accepting a head position at University of Alabama-Birmingham where he won nearly 70% of his games and took his teams to post-season play every season.

Following the '05-'06 season, Anderson accepted the head coaching position at the University of Missouri where he continued his winning tradition despite inheriting a program that had withered into a shadow of itself towards the end of Quin Snyder's tenure. In all, Anderson led Missouri to a 65-35 record during his three year term, highlighted by this year's 31-7 team that defeated Memphis in the West Region to earn a trip to the Elite 8.