COPY-Denied Final Four trip, Missouri looks to future

Associated Press - March 31, 2009 4:15 AM ET

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Tigers exceeded expectations, restored pride in a program that had been tarnished by losses and scandal and nearly earned a trip to the NCAA Final Four with its blue-collar style.

Now, university leaders are turning their attention to keeping the coach who led the resurrection.

Mike Anderson won the Big 12 tournament title and a school-record 31 victories before the Tigers were eliminated in the NCAA tournament.

Anderson has been coy about his intentions. His name had been linked to several vacancies.

His future could hinge on other coaching moves. If John Calipari leave Memphis for Kentucky, Memphis might target Anderson. Athletic director Mike Alden denied reports from some Tennessee media that Memphis had sought his permission to talk to Anderson.

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