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Denied Final Four trip, Missouri looks to future

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri basketball program that defied expectations and nearly earned a Final Four trip now turns its attention to keeping the coach who led its resurrection.

Mike Anderson capped his third year coaching the Tigers with a school-record 31 wins and a narrow loss Saturday to Connecticut in the West Regional final. University leaders want to increase Anderson's $850,000 annual salary and extend his contract for another five years.

The coach has been coy about his intentions. His name has been linked to several vacancies, including the top job in his home state of Alabama. But that job is off the table after the Crimson Tide on Friday lured Anthony Grant from Virginia Commonwealth. Anderson's name has also been mentioned as a possibility if the Memphis job comes open.

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