The Mizzou Sedalia Caravan comes to town at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Sedalia Country Club, with free admission for all guests. Athletic director Mack Rhoades, head football coach Barry Odom and head basketball coach and Sedalia native Kim Anderson are scheduled to attend.
Last year’s event, sponsored by Bryant Motors and W-K Chevrolet, was well-attended. Anderson talked about last year’s “tremendous” crowd last season, the current state of the Missouri basketball roster and returning to Sedalia in a phone interview with the Democrat on Monday.
What’s the best part of coming back to Sedalia?
See my dad (Keith Anderson), he still lives there. We have a lot of good friends in Sedalia and we try to go see them as much as possible.
The caravan Wednesday is likely a good opportunity to catch up with those friends.
The caravan is really exciting for our whole athletic department. Last year we had a tremendous crowd. I know it’s the largest caravan they’ve had in years – just phenomenal support from Sedalia and the surrounding community. We’re looking forward to another great crowd.
Missouri’s roster has gone though a facelift recently (the Tigers added Jordan Geist and Frankie Hughes, Jakeenan Gant transferred). What’s your take on the roster as it is today?
We came in a couple years ago, and it’s been a couple of tough years. We’ve kind of changed the roster … We’re trying to change the culture of the program. I think we’ve got some good guys coming in this year to add to a great freshman class last year. We’re going to have a young team again. We like our new guys and we think they’ll blend together well.
What’s the most common question you’re asked upon your return to Sedalia?
Most people are very supportive. They say, “we’re really behind you, we want you to do well … When are we going to win some more games?”
I think we will this year. It’s been kind of a rebuilding process. The great thing about Sedalia, Pettis County, Johnson County and Warrensburg area, is that everyone’s always been really supportive. People really come out and support Missouri athletics.
ESPN Films recently released a documentary “Norm,” about the life of Missouri basketball legend Norm Stewart. Tell us about your role in it and what it was like working on the project.
It was a lot of fun. The producer – Fritz Mitchell – was a true professional. It was a lot of fun being able to tell some stories and kind of be around and film and documentary. When it came out I really enjoyed it. Hopefully a lot of people got to see it. It was a lot of fun to shoot and be back around some of the older players that I either played with or got the opportunity to coach. I thought they did a great job telling his story.
The caravan begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Sedalia Country Club.
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