Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mizzou to talk to Purdue coach Painter


— Purdue basketball coach Matt Painter has had one of the most successful runs in school history.

It looks like he’s about to cash in.

Painter will meet with Missouri officials regarding their vacant head-coaching position. However, Purdue said in a statement that it is committed to keeping him.

“The Board of Trustees, president (France) Cordova and (athletic director) Morgan Burke clearly demonstrated the university’s commitment to him and to our men’s basketball program,” Purdue spokesman Tom Schott said during a hastily arranged teleconference. “We are proactive. Although we will not go into any details at this time, we encourage Matt to stay, through our words and action. We want Matt to remain a Boilermaker.”


waywardJay 8 years, 8 months ago

He's about to knock Anderson out of the top 10, and deservedly so. If Anderson can get into the top 10 by making a solitary elite eight and underperforming the following season. Painter ( who either way ) has the chops to make tere team league compeititors and a solid sweet 126 team WITHOUT Much help from recruiting.

Painter would be a Homerun, A hat trick and a Special teams return for a touchdown all wrapped into one.

JayhawkRock 8 years, 8 months ago

Can anyone say leverage? Hes gonna get more money from Perdue and he will stay put. This move doesnt make sense to me at all. Its a lateral move and thats it. He graduated from Perdue so I dont see him leaving unless its to a blue blood program.

Dirk Medema 8 years, 8 months ago

It is definitely a downward move, especially when you add in the fact that he is from IN, and that BB is to IN as FB is to TX. They pack Mackey along the lines of KU & Allen, tho a few K's and a few sell outs back. The rare full house at Paige would be such a disappointment.

Funhawk 8 years, 8 months ago

Well, if I were the college whose main goal every year was to beat the rival Jayhawks, someone who has beat the Jayhawks in a tournament game would be a good candidate because he knows how - Shaka Smart .

Dale Kroening 8 years, 8 months ago

Id be shocked if he ends up at MU. Its a step down IMO. He's just pushing for a raise.

Sally Presson 8 years, 8 months ago

You are correct funhawk!! the main criteria for the tigers is ANYONE who beats KU. They don't care how many times or what the circumstances, if you beat KU you're at the top of the list. Shaka I would think is their top dog. they don't care this is is first big win didn't have a really good season and probably won't next year---BUT the beat KU so he's in. Sad isn't it?

jhox 8 years, 8 months ago

He's playing MU all the way to the bank. If Alden doesn't land him, he should be fired for being stupid enough to not see through this ploy in the first place. The guy is a Purdue grad, who was unhappy with what Purdue was paying his assistants. He knew Purdue would step to the plate if he was offered a job elsewhere. That's the only reason he's messing with MU.

If I were Alden, I'd take the $2.2 mil they offered Anderson and offer it to Brad Stevens. One Final 4 may be luck, back to back Final 4's requires a skilled coach. I've heard MU fans say he'd leave for Indiana U. in a flash, if that job opens up. If you're going to live in fear of that sort of thing, you may as well go to Division 2 and give up. Besides, Indiana is a high demand, high stress, high expectation job. MU is probably willing to pay more than Indiana would, and they're likely to show more patience. If I didn't hate MU so much, I'd personally rather have the MU job than the Indiana job right now.

MU has one of the nicest arenas in the country. They have a fan base who cares and wants to see basketball be successful (mainly because they want to be competitive with KU.) The only negative with the MU job is their biggest rival happens to be a basketball power, and they're living in KU's shadow. Still, this is D1 basketball, and if you're going into this sort of process with a defeatist attitude, then why are you even bothering playing D1 sports? If Alden was smart, he should have withdrawn his offer the second Painter said he was going to think about it and hear what Purdue had to say.

pdt2139 8 years, 8 months ago

I think Pearl would be a nice fit for MU.

8 years, 8 months ago

Just received the following text:

"810 WHB sources say that Matt Painter has turned down the MU basketball job and will stay at Purdue."

If this holds true, he was just using the Tigers as leverage to get the Boilermakers to re-up his deal along with his assistants. Like others have stated, this would have been a lateral move at best, and a step down more than likely.

Dyrk Dugan 8 years, 8 months ago

he's stayin. 'tis to laugh....everybody getting all breathless about this. i would have been stunned if he left.

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