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Morning Sports Report - April 29, 2014

Mizzou has a new basketball coach and Tigers fans are very happy. Megan Rice has your Tuesday morning sports report.
COLUBMIA, Mo--The search is finally over. The tigers have announced former Central Missouri coach and MU alum Kim Anderson as the new men's basketball coach.

The 58-year-old coach led the Central Missouri Mules to a Division II title this year. Anderson was also named the 2014 NABC National Coach of the Year.

The Missouri Board of Curators met in a closed meeting Monday afternoon around 1:00 p.m and only a few hours later they announced Anderson as the 18th men's basketball coach in school history.

Kim played for coach Norm Stewart and helped Mizzou to it's first Big Eight title in 1976. Anderson was named Big Eight Player of the Year in 1977.

He later went on to be drafted by the Portland Trailblazers in 1977 and played for the late Dr. Jack Ramsey, who passed away Monday. So Anderson clearly has been taught by some of the best.

That helped him to become one of the top 10 winningest coaches in D-II history.

Anderson again led the Mules to this years national title and he wasn't afraid to show how much the team meant to him.

"You know these guys have really worked hard. To be able to make it to this point is really special," said new Mizzou men's basketball coach, Kim Anderson.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo--May 8th is the NFL Draft and Mizzou star defensive lineman Kony Ealy has his hopes on a first round draft pick.

The defensive lineman is coming off an All-SEC season. He helped lead the tigers to a Cotton Bowl win. In his final game against Oklahoma State Ealy recorded six tackles and two sacks.

In the 2013 season alone Ealy had 43 stops, 14.5 of the for a loss, 9.5 sacks and 3 forced fumbles.

Ealy would be just the 7th Tiger to go in the first round. And it would be the second straight year a Mizzou defensive lineman went in the first round as Sheldon Richardson went 13th overall to the Jets last year.

"A lot of teams see me as a flexible guy. It's been a lot of talk with Tampa and Arizona. Just different 3-4 teams that will also go to a 4-3. I haven't reached my full potential and that is pretty scary. I am excited about this process but I can't wait to get to the first practice," said Kony Ealy.
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