Missouri may not yet be, but is moving toward, status as a destination job in major college athletics.
That is the view of Missouri athletic director Mike Alden, who on Tuesday revealed details of the new seven-year contract recently agreed to with men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson.
“In the past, I’m not sure if we really talked about Mizzou as a destination place,” Alden told reporters in Columbia.
“But I look at Tim Jamieson (baseball), I look at Brian Smith (wrestling), at Brian Blitz (women’s soccer), Mike Anderson, Gary Pinkel (football), Ehren Earlywine (women’s softball).
“All these people have had a lot of big-time schools that have tried to attract them, tried to draw them away. But they’ve all chosen to stay at Mizzou.
“It is developing Mizzou into a destination place, and that’s pretty satisfying to me.”
It must be pretty satisfying to Anderson’s five assistant coaches as well.
The new contract bumps the payroll pool for those five men from $478,686 to $600,000. Alden said that would rank MU assistants as a group either third or fourth in the Big 12 Conference.
That was an important part of the contract negotiations, and not just for Anderson and his assistants.
“For all of us it was,” Alden said. “You’re trying to take a look at the total folks who impact the program.”
As reported previously by The Kansas City Star, Anderson’s new agreement will pay him a guaranteed $1.35 million per year through the end of April 2016.
A $200,000 deferred payment per year — available to Anderson in April of 2013 or again in April of 2016 only if he remains the MU coach — brings Anderson’s guaranteed compensation to $1.55 million per season.
Alden said that salary base puts Anderson third among current Big 12 men’s basketball coaches, behind Bill Self of Kansas ($2.5 million) and Rick Barnes of Texas ($2.1 million).
Oklahoma is in contract negotiations for a new agreement with Jeff Capel.
Missouri’s school-record victory total in a 31-7 Elite Eight finish last season, and a Big 12 Tournament title, resulted in a boost of $700,000 per year for Anderson in guaranteed salary.
His incentive package jumped from a possible $615,000 to a possible $750,000.
His maximum pay in a season in which Missouri won the NCAA Tournament would be $2.3 million. Some of the incentives include:
•$25,000 for a Big 12 regular season or tournament title or $25,000 for appearing in the NCAA Tournament if MU fails to win either the league regular season or tournament title.
•$50,000 for a Sweet 16 appearance or $100,000 for the Elite Eight or $150,000 for the Final Four or $350,000 for the national championship, one payment made for the greatness of any of those options.
•$25,000 for Big 12 coach of the year and $50,000 for a national coach of the year award. This season Anderson received $25,000 bonus for sharing the National Association of Basketball Coaches Coach of the Year honor. $10,000 for 20 victories in a season or $30,000 for 25 or $50,000 for 30 wins. Anderson was paid a $30,000 bonus for 31 victories last season.
Anderson would also be rewarded for attendance at games in Columbia averaging 10,000 and more in a season, from $25,000 for that first figure all the way up to $150,000 if the average paid turnstile attendance is 13,000 or more.Anderson also can collect $75,000 if the team reaches unspecified academic and community goals set each year by the MU administration.
Other perks include a membership in the Country Club of Missouri, and the use of a car.
If Missouri fires Anderson in the first year of this contract, it would owe him $1.35 million. The penalty for such action drops proportionally each year to $500,000 for the final two years.
At no point, should Anderson leave MU prior to the end of this contract, would he owe the athletic department more than two years of his base pay (listed as $275,00 per year), or a total of $550,000.
Anderson was not on hand at Alden’s briefing but during Missouri’s NCAA Tournament run spoke openly about the changes in the landscape of Missouri basketball from the time he replaced Quin Snyder three years ago.
“You come in to Missouri, obviously there was a reason why they hired me,” Anderson said. “We had to just come in and change the culture.”