Georgia officials target Anderson as next basketball coach

ATHENS, Ga.(KAIT)  -- Georgia officials have targeted Missouri's Mike Anderson as their next basketball coach.

Anderson, who led the Tigers to a school-record 31 victories and the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament this season before losing to Final Four participant Connecticut, spoke to Georgia athletics director Damon Evans on Monday, according to multiple sources, and is back home pondering his future.

Georgia officials have offered the 49-year-old Anderson a multiyear contract that would pay him more than $2 million per season, according to sources. He would replace Dennis Felton, who was fired Jan. 29 after going 84-91 record in six seasons at Georgia after leading Sun Belt Conference school Western Kentucky to national recognition.

Anderson, who had a 65-35 record in three seasons at Missouri, has an $850,000 salary this year. Missouri athletic director Mike Alden is scheduled to meet with the coach in Columbia, Mo., on Tuesday and is prepared to offer a five-year contract extension that would pay Anderson about $1.3 million per season, according to sources.

Anderson would be no stranger to Southeastern Conference basketball.  He was a long time assistant coach to Nolan Richardson at Arkansas, where he took part in two Southeastern Conference titles, three Final Four Appearances, and a national championship.

Anderson also is believed to be a potential candidate for the Memphis job if John Calipari leaves to become Kentucky's new coach.  Anderson also has ties to the mid-south area.  His last job before landing the Missouri gig was as head coach of Alabama-Birmingham, a rival to Memphis in Conference USA.