Mizzou Board to vote Tuesday to approve Dennis Gates’ contract as new basketball coach | Mizzou Sports News

COLUMBIA, Mo. Missouri could officially have a new men’s basketball coach on Tuesday.

Cleveland State coach Dennis Gates, Mizzou’s pick to replace Cuonzo Martin, was expected to be one of the passengers on a flight from Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport that landed at Columbia Regional Airport at 9 a.m. Monday. Several Mizzou officials were on the tarmac when passengers were taken off the plane in a black SUV parked next to the plane, a Gulfstream jet owned by Richard Miller, the longtime Mizzou donor. Athletics director Desiree Reed-Francois van Mizzou was present at the airport on Monday.

The UM System Board of Curators will meet via Zoom at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning when they are expected to formally approve Gates’ contract, the terms of which are currently unknown. MU could organize Gates’ introductory press conference as early as Tuesday afternoon.

The 42-year-old Chicago native has spent the past three seasons in Cleveland State, turning a hopeless Horizon League program into an NCAA Tournament team in his second season. The Vikings averaged 10 wins per season in the four years leading up to Gates’ arrival in 2019, and after an 11-21 debut season, Gates went 39-19 for the past two years, earning the Horizon League regular season championship for both seasons. won. He spent the past eight years as an assistant in the state of Florida.

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Gates replaces Martin, who was 78-77 in five seasons with Mizzou, with two NCAA Tournament appearances. Gates becomes the first major coach hired by Reed-Francois, who came to Mizzou from UNLV last summer.

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