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Kim Anderson stepping down as Missouri head coach

Mizzou went 26-67 with Anderson as head coach and 8-46 in league play.

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Missouri Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Missouri Tigers men’s basketball coach Kim Anderson has been asked to step down. The news on Anderson’s job status was reported on Sunday afternoon, first by CBS/FanRag Sports college hoops insider Jon Rothstein.

Anderson, who was hired after Frank Haith fled for the Tulsa Golden Hurricane job, leaves after a tenure spent in the doldrums of the SEC. Mizzou went 26-67 with him at the helm and 8-46 in SEC play.

Evan Daniels of Fox/Scout has already reported that California Golden Bears head coach Cuonzo Martin is at the top of the Tigers’ wishlist. Obviously, we’ll see if that comes to fruition when their coaching search begins.

UPDATE: Mizzou has confirmed the news on Kim Anderson stepping down. It’s suggested in this statement that Anderson will be coaching the Tigers during the SEC Tournament later this week. In addition, the statement also states that Anderson was told to step down by Athletics Director Jim Sterk.