It sounds as if Cleveland State coach Dennis Gates will be headed for Missouri and the SEC.
As relayed by Glenn Guilbeau of OutKick, Missouri is “close” to naming Gates as its next coach.
Gates, 42, has fronted quite a turnaround with the Vikings. He inherited a program that finished 10-21 in 2019, leading the Vikings to an 11-21 mark in his first season.
But last season, they really took off, finishing 19-8 overall and 16-4 in the Horizon League, making their first NCAA Tournament in nine years.
This year, the Vikings went 20-11, losing in the first round of the NIT.
“A Chicago native, Gates was an assistant coach at Florida State from 2011-19 before getting the Cleveland State job,” Guilbeau wrote. “He previously was an assistant at California, where he played, and at Northern Illinois and at Nevada. Missouri fired coach Cuonzo Martin after five seasons following the SEC Tournament.”