Missouri asks Anderson to step down as coach

Missouri has asked Kim Anderson to step down as men’s basketball coach after just three seasons.

Anderson, 61, took over in 2014 after Frank Haith left for the Tulsa opening. He went 19-44 in his first two seasons, then followed that up with a 7-23 record this past season. The school said he was asked to leave at the end of the season; he can still coach in the upcoming SEC tournament.

“This decision has been very difficult for me personally because of the tremendous respect I have for Kim,” athletic director Jim Sterk said in a statement. “I know how hard he and his staff have worked to turn the program around over the last three years, however, the lack of on-court success has resulted in a significant drop in interest surrounding our program, and we could not afford for that to continue another year.”