Anderson says staying at Missouri just felt right

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Coach Mike Anderson declined lucrative offers from other schools in favor of remaining at Missouri largely because of something no contract can promise: comfort.

In his third year on the job, Anderson became a hot property after coaching the Tigers to a school-record 31 wins and their first conference tournament championship in 15 years. Schools like Georgia and Alabama tried to lure him with offers of better pay.

Anderson described those bids as enticing. The comment marks the first time he has talked about the 7-year, $10.85 million contract extension he accepted last week to continue coaching Missouri basketball.

But Anderson says, "There are more factors in it than money and it always came back down to being comfortable."

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