The search to replace Kim Anderson continues to center on two candidates in Tom Crean of Indiana and Cuonzo Martin of Cal, but with both schools playing in the NIT tournament, a decision isn’t likely this week.
“Everyone Missouri is looking at is still coaching, so the earliest these guys are available would be tomorrow. I think Crean is the only one, who’d really be available tomorrow,” DeArmond said.
With a number of good candidates in the field, Missouri fans question why any coach might want to take a job with past NCAA sanctions and a potential for more on the horizon.
“I don’t think anyone thinks less of this Missouri job than the fans. I think the people’s viewpoint is tarnished by the lack of good hires. I think the biggest problem for Missouri the past two times when plan A fell through they went to plan Q in most cases,” DeArmond said.
“If plan A doesn’t work, what is Plan B? Can you miss on your first guy and still make what people see as a good hire?”
One of the big questions at the forefront focuses on Martin and his decision to go to Illinois or Missouri if he were offered both jobs.
“The general thought is that if he was offered both Missouri and Illinois, he would take Illinois. Obviously I don’t think he’s been offered either of those yet, although I do think he’s on the short list at both schools,” DeArmond said.
It also seems in the past few days Martin has replaced Crean as the front runner for the job, but as DeArmond notes, could quickly change.
“I still think its Crean and Cuonzo, but I’ve kind of reversed the order. I think if I had to put an amount of money on it, I would pick Martin, but who knows that could change by this afternoon,” DeArmond said.