COLUMBIA - University of Missouri basketball coach Kim Anderson, who went 26-67 in his three seasons, was asked to step down on Sunday. Here is the official statement from Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk.

"This decision has been very difficult for me personally because of the tremendous respect I have for Kim," Sterk said. "I know how hard he and his staff have worked to turn the program around over the last three years, however, the lack of on-court success has resulted in a significant drop in interest surrounding our program, and we could not afford for that to continue another year.

"Kim has represented our program with character, integrity and class while dedicating himself to developing our student-athletes on and off the basketball court, and we are appreciative of his efforts and dedication to Mizzou and the Columbia community," he added. "Kim will always be a Tiger, and all of us are grateful for his contributions to our University as a student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach."

Anderson was a stand-out player at Nizzou--  former Big Eight Player of the Year (1977) and two-term assistant coach to Mizzou coach Norm Stewart (1982-85, 1991-99) . He released a statement also:

"Missouri is a special institution to my family and I, and I am grateful for having had the opportunity to serve as the head coach at my alma mater," Anderson said. "While we have faced significant challenges over the last three years and been unable to achieve the on-court results everyone would have liked, I do believe we have been able to stabilize the program while watching our players become responsible young men on and off the court.

"I would especially like to thank my staff and players who have worked so hard to turn this program around," he added. "I'm proud of the growth I've seen in our players academically, athletically and socially since their arrival on campus, and feel very good about our efforts to serve Columbia, the University and the State of Missouri through impactful events and organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, Tigers on the Prowl, Rally for Rhyan and the University of Missouri Children's Hospital."