Mizzou reportedly closing in on hire of new men's basketball head coach
Update: Power Mizzou reports Missouri is closing in on hiring Dennis Gates, pending approval of the Board of Curators.
NEW STORY: Pending approval from the Board of Curators #Mizzou will hire Dennis Gates as its next head coach. Assuming approval is granted, the news should be official this week. https://t.co/DBCl4QucGe
— Power Mizzou (@PowerMizzoucom) March 19, 2022
Mizzou appears to have a top target for its next men’s basketball head coach. Late Friday night, ESPN’s Pete Thamel reported that MU is targeting Cleveland State’s Dennis Gates. Thamel wrote, “A deal isn’t done, and there’s still administrative steps to take, but sources said there’s clear mutual interest between both parties.” Saturday, fellow ESPN reporter Jeff Borzello added that Gates to MU is “expected to progress” over the coming days.
Dennis Gates to Missouri is expected to progress over next couple days. Makes a lot of sense for the Tigers. Checks a lot of boxes. Longtime high-major assistant, recruited effectively at that level, quickly had success as head coach, two Horizon titles and a tourney appearance. https://t.co/8rdXQDdQc9
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 19, 2022
Gates, who turned 42 in January, was hired by Cleveland State for his first head coaching job in 2019. He arrived after 8 years as an assistant at Florida State. The Seminoles made the NCAA Tournament 4 times while Gates was on staff (2012, 2017, 2018, 2019). Gates was part of the staff that guided FSU to back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances (2018-19) and a trip to the Elite 8 in 2018.
Gates’ record at Cleveland State is 50-40. In the Horizon League, Cleveland State won the 2021 tournament championship and 2022 regular-season title. The Vikings made the NCAA Tournament last year.
Thamel notes that Georgia and Florida were interested in Gates before making their hires. UGA was the first SEC program to fill its vacancy, hiring Mike White from UF. On Friday, Florida announced the hiring of former San Francisco coach Todd Golden. South Carolina and LSU have also shown interest in Gates, per Thamel.