Haith's coaching style was very different from Anderson's uptempo pressure way and that meant change, something a lot of college players don't take to easily.
"Mike Anderson left me some pretty good players," Haith said. "They bought into change, and that's not always easy when you have a system in place they want. I give the players a lot of credit for buying in. When the players buy in you have a chance to be successful."
Haith, who joined Norm Stewart in 1994 as the only Missouri coaches to win the award, said it was early in the season when he knew the players had bought in.
"We were in Kansas City for the CBE Classic, and we beat Cal and Notre Dame," Haith said. "We changed things, and I think you have to have success to make change. We saw success, and those guys started to buy in. And it was all because of the leadership on the team."
Haith was hired at Missouri with the knowledge the program he was leaving was under NCAA investigation for possible rules violations.
"I think we, the Mizzou Nation and my family, all will be happy when it's all over with, but we can't control the NCAA and the time frame in which they work," he said.
He was asked if he was confident the investigation would come up empty.
"Absolutely," he said.
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