Missouri set to hire Dennis Gates as hoops coach, per reports

The University of Missouri expects to hire Dennis Gates to fill its men’s basketball coaching vacancy, per multiple reports.

In Gates’ three seasons at Cleveland State, he went 50-40 overall and 38-21 in league play.

His experience at Florida State and three successful seasons at Cleveland State made Gates one of the most sought-after coaches in the current coaching carousel. Gates also drew interest from Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, LSU and a majority of the open major conference jobs over the past few weeks.

Gates, 42, would replace former coach Cuonzo Martin, who went 78-77 in his five seasons at Missouri. He’s the first marquee hire in a revenue sport for first-year athletic director Desiree Reed-Francois, who arrived at Missouri in August.


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