Missouri coach sidesteps talk of Alabama, Georgia

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Missouri coach Mike Anderson is sidestepping talk of his possible interest in going to either Alabama or Georgia.

Anderson was asked during a news conference today to respond to reports that he is a possible candidate for head coaching jobs at the two Southeastern Conference schools.

His only response: "We're in the Sweet 16. We're talking about the Memphis Tigers today."

Missouri faces Memphis on Thursday.

The Birmingham (Ala.) News has reported that Anderson is 1 of several possible candidates to replace Mark Gottfried, the Crimson Tide coach who resigned in late January.

His name also has been linked to the Georgia vacancy.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported Sunday that Missouri's basketball success this season has earned Anderson an extra $130,000 worth of incentive payments. His base salary is $850,000.

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