Anderson gets vote of confidence from athletic director

Mar 9, 2016 - 7:54 PM COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri coach Kim Anderson has gotten a vote of confidence from athletic director Mack Rhoades.

Rhoades said Wednesday that he met with Anderson earlier in the week to share ''expectations'' for next season. Rhoades said Anderson got the job under difficult circumstances, with little talent left after Frank Haith left for Tulsa.

''No one is satisfied with the number of wins our team has earned in the past two seasons,'' Rhoades said. ''No one wants to win more than coach Anderson.''

Rhoades said he expected Anderson to serve as a ''role model'' for students.

Anderson said he looks forward to the challenge of putting the school back on the map. He is a former star player and Norm Stewart assistant at the school, which he said ''holds a special place in my heart.''

Anderson said he and Rhoades have met several times in recent weeks.

''Mack understands the challenges we've faced and has been very supportive,'' Anderson said.

Missouri was 10-21 this season, losing its last five in a row, and won just nine games in Anderson's first season. The school also admitted to NCAA violations dating to 2011 and banned itself from the postseason this year along with vacating all 23 wins from the 2013-14 season.

''No one is more disappointed than me, but no one is more motivated to get this program competing at a high level again,'' Anderson said. ''Our goal remains to compete and to win at the highest level and to do so with integrity and class.''

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