Missouri board reportedly concerned about lesser-known names in coaching search
Will Missouri fans be happy if the team’s next head coach isn’t a high-profile name? The school’s Board of Curators is apparently skeptical.
According to Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the board is worried about public fallout if the school opts to hire to a lesser-known coach to lead the Tigers after Barry Odom was fired.
One of those coaches in the search is Arkansas State’s Blake Anderson, as Matter reports there is mutual interest between the two sides. Anderson has reportedly talked to Missouri officials multiple times about the job. The 50-year-old has been the head coach at Arkansas State since 2014.
Matter also reported that Nevada’s Jay Norvell is another candidate for the Missouri job, but he’s not near the top of athletic director Jim Sterk’s list.
Other coaches who have been linked to the search, according to Matter, are: Tulane’s Willie Fritz, Army’s Jeff Monken, Air Force’s Troy Calhoun and Charlotte’s Will Healy.
Meanwhile, Gabe DeArmond of Rivals.com also reported Anderson and Monken’s involvement in the coaching search, while also including Louisiana Tech’s Skip Holtz among potential names.
Odom was fired after going 25-25 over the past four seasons, which included a 6-6 mark this year. Although he led the Tigers to an eight-win season in 2018, they were 0-2 in bowl games under Odom.