- Andy Katz, ESPN Senior Writer
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Central Missouri coach and Missouri alumnus Kim Anderson is a strong candidate for the vacant Missouri opening, according to a source with direct knowledge.
Anderson is being termed one of a few finalists for the opening, which occurred last week when Frank Haith left for Tulsa after three seasons.
The source said a decision on the next Missouri coach would be made within a week.
Anderson, 58, coached the Mules to the Division II national championship last month. He has led Central Missouri to three Div. II Final Fours with a 30-5 record this past season. The national title was the first for the Mules since 1984.
Anderson has a long history with his alma mater and the Big 12. He played for Norm Stewart from 1973-77. He worked for Stewart from 1982-85 as an assistant, left to go to Baylor as an assistant for six years and then returned to work for Stewart from 1991-99. Anderson then left to be an assistant commissioner in the Big 12 before leaving for Central Missouri.