March 6th, 2012 09:55 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
Tags: Associated Press Big, Bill Self, Iowa State, Mike Anderson
Frank Haith was not exactly the first choice of Missouri fans when he took over the program from Mike Anderson. Now he’s not the first — or even second choice — of the Big 12′s coaches for Coach of the Year honors.
Doing what Mizzou fans will tell you Anderson couldn’t do, Haith has led the Tigers to a 27-4 record, a Top 10 finish and the most wins in school history. That was good enough to be named the Associated Press’ Big 12 Coach of the Year.
But the vote among Big 12 coaches? Uh, no. Earlier this week they split their Coach of the Year award between Bill Self of Kansas and Fred Hoiberg of Iowa State. That’s quite a snub for a man who’s had to use just a seven-player rotation all season long. You don’t think any of that had to do with lasting bitterness over Mizzou leaving the Big 12, do you? Surely the Big 12 wouldn’t intentionally not give its award to a man who’ll be in another league next year, would it?
Oh, well. See you in the SEC, Coach.
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