Sunday, March 15, 2009
I have to take a quick moment to send out a special congrats to my alma mater, the University of Missouri-Columbia for their outstanding regular season. I, like most alums, were just hoping to get to the NIT as Mizzou was preseason number seven in the Big 12. However, under the leadership of coach Mike Anderson, the first African American coach in the university's history, the team has met and exceeded expectations. I was disappointed and somewhat outraged that sports writers (or whoever votes for the award) did not give the "Coach of the Year" honors to Anderson, and nodded to media darling Kansas under Coach Bill Self. Anderson had much less talent on paper and not nearly the support that KU has. However, in a media hyper society, KU is the "fell good" story.
Regardless, Coach Anderson distinguished himself as a force to be reckoned with. His style of leadership has allowed each player to take ownership of the team vision and facilitated a standard of overachiving. Again, I had counted the team out and was only hoping for possibly a top twenty-five ranking. Despite those of little faith (like me), Anderson led a hardworking, disciplined group not just to top 10 national ranking, but they won the Big 12 crown last night. It was 1993 when last MU hoisted the Big 12 Tournament Trophy above their heads, so this has been a long time coming. It is even sweeter for me as a graduate and particularly an African American alum, I give much respect to the players, staff, and particularly to the coaches at good ol' Mizzou! Good luck in the tournament to Coach Anderson and the Team!
M-I-Z-Z-O-U!!!!! GO TIGERS!!!
Posted by negrointellectual at 11:36 AM