Originally Posted by NewChief
Talk radio this morning were talking about how Haith should be thanking Anderson.
He handed him the keys to a stacked team.
He rescued him from probably firing in Miami.
And this is the thanks Anderson gets?
Anyway, the rivalry is now on, I'd say. It's going to be fun next time Mizzou comes to Fayetteville.
He handed him the keys to a stacked team? That finished his last season losing 7/8 games and got embarrassed in the first round of the Big 12 tournament and the first round of the NCAAs?
That had just 8 scholarship players returning, at least one of whom (Kim English) would have been gone had Anderson stayed.
That had enormous chemistry and on-court discipline problems.
That had NO legitimate D-1 size beyond two players. (Steve Moore - very borderline in this regard).
Haith took that group of players to heights Anderson never came CLOSE to with it despite losing Bowers before the season ever started. He turned an incredibly flawed team into an incredibly effective team (though the lack of size and defense flaws caught them in Norfolk State's perfect storm).
Oh, and they had no incoming freshmen to offer any help, too.
Anderson handed Haith the keys to a vintage muscle car that needed major body work and some engine work. The cupboard wasn't entirely bare. But disaster loomed on the horizon.
Haith took so many transfers out of necessity, not necessarily design. It was his plan to balance out the classes at Missouri, and he has pulled it off brilliantly.
Maybe if Anderson would STOP patting himself on the back for Missouri's success in his absence, it would be less of an issue?