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Report: Painter to meet with Missouri officials

Posted on: March 28, 2011 1:45 pm
Edited on: March 28, 2011 4:10 pm
Purdue coach Matt Painter will meet with Missouri officials over the next 48 hours about the school's vacant head coaching position, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

It is believed that Missouri could offer Painter a contract worth more than $2 million annually. Purdue only pays Painter around $1.3 million a year -- though he'll make around $1.9 million this year because of bonuses earned during this 25-win season, according to the Indianapolis Star. Still, Painter's base salary ranks in the bottom half of the Big Ten.

"Matt wants a situation where he will be able to make a run for a national championship," former Purdue coach Gene Keady told on Monday. "The administration here has to step up and help him."

That said, Keady added this: "I think he'll stay."

Painter has led Purdue to five straight NCAA tournament appearances and two Sweet 16s in six total seasons. Purdue has finished in the top two of the Big Ten in each of the past four seasons.

Missouri is looking for a coach to replace Mike Anderson.

Anderson left for Arkansas last week.
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Since: Nov 22, 2007
Posted on: March 28, 2011 7:20 pm

Report: Painter to meet with Missouri officials

I have heard from a reliable source that Painter wants the job at Mizzou.

Funny...step down to Mizzou from Purdue. Please. It is a lateral move to be sure and after Queen Snyder left, Anderson brought the program back to repsectability and a recent Big XII tourney title and an elite 8 run.

Mike Anderson and his agent played Mizzou for the past few years. Flirting constantly with other job offers and milking the University for more money. He did it again this year after an 8-8 conference season, one win in the BXII tourney and two brutal beatdowns versus Texas A&M and Cincinnati to end their season.

Anderson did his job pretty well and brought Mizzou back up, but his recruiting was TERRIBLE. The Pressey brothers are kids of one of his friends for crying out loud. He also recruited a nephew of one of his friends there a few years back. The MU athletic department allowing him to get away with that half-assed approach is laughable. Mizzouri has two good sized metropolis' in state and he could only nail down on side. Kansas City. One of the top recruits from St. Louis is going to...Arkansas...shocking. But, the kid had smoe bad history and Missouri could not afford to take a chance with anyone with questionable character.

The Hansborough brothers are MISSOURIANS. Both left the state to play for other schools. There is plenty of talent in the state. It takes a good recruiter to keep them in state playing for the only major school in the entire state.

I don't know much about Painter, except that I am one in real life. From all I have heard and read, I would be glad if he came to Mizzou.

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: March 28, 2011 7:02 pm

Report: Painter to meet with Missouri officials

On the surface this is a real head scratcher.  However, a local, respected and connected newspaper columnist and talk radio host said even before Anderson agreed to the Arky deal, "don't be surprised if Matt Painter's name is at the top of the list."  He wouldn't say why or name the source just that he had it on good authority Painter would come if offered.  I'm a Mizzou fan and realize this a step down in program and moreso in conference so again why?  All I can think is it has to be all about the benjamin's.  Painter negotiated a sweet buyout if he left Purdue so he would be easy to get and all the world knows Mizzou's AD has $2 million from our boosters to spend.    

Since: Dec 7, 2010
Posted on: March 28, 2011 6:54 pm

Report: Painter to meet with Missouri officials

You Purdue fans that are playing this like you are some kind of basketball royalty make me laugh.  Seriously.  You forget that your team and program were garbage from the 2000-2001 season thru the 2005-2006 season.  It's not like I am saying you were bade in the 80's or 90's.  No.  You were bad for 6 straight years in the most recent full decade.  Missouri has never had a 6 year stretch even remotely as abyssmal in my 38 years on the planet earth, so I encourage you Boilermaker homers to go check my work and then next time don't bring a knife to a gun fight.

Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: March 28, 2011 6:28 pm

Report: Painter to meet with Missouri officials

A question to Purdue fans/followers.

Reading through the various news and related reports regarding your Coach Painter and the Missouri consideration, one thing that comes up but isn't explained to those not0in0the-know is that there is some type of strained relationship with the Purdue AD...or something to that effect (pardon if I'm misquoting).

What is that about exactly? Is it a personality clash? Support for the program overall from the Ad office, etc.?  Again this comes out in many print sources, but never get s shaken out.

Appreciate any insight in advance.  I will check this blog later in hopes for a reply or two. Thanks.

Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: March 28, 2011 6:18 pm

Report: Painter to meet with Missouri officials

And only someone in Indiana would make such a comment. I'm from Indiana and now live in Missouri. I have respect for both programs. It would be a step up if Mizzou offers more money.

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2011 6:08 pm

Report: Painter to meet with Missouri officials

You people that are comparing Tom Crean to Matt painter need to wake up and get a freaking clue.

Tom Crean took over a program that was on the verge of NCAA sanctions Purdue was not.

Tom Crean kicked EVERYONE off the previous team to keep from getting puniched badly by the NCAA Purdue didnt have to deal with that. 

In Tom Creans first season he had 1 player that had any NCAA starting experience and that was in Junior College.  He was basically starting from scratch.

Tom is starting to get the talent he needs to win games, and he is getting his guys to play better basketball.  Yes they have lost a lot of games, but they arent getting blown out in the first half anymore.  And they have come up with some big wins.  He is well on his way to having Indiana playing for the Big Ten Championship in the next 3 years....that is IF Tom Izzo is still at Michigan State.  If Izzo retires or gets burned out which I honestly think he is I wouldnt be surprised to see Crean leave Indiana for MSU and I would love to see him back in East Lansing. 

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2011 5:57 pm

Report: Painter to meet with Missouri officials

He's clearly leveraging Missouri against Purdue. No offense, but you don't leave Purdue hoops to jump to Missouri hoops. He'll go down there, talk with Mizzou, and get a new contract with Purdue in a week or two.

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: March 28, 2011 5:55 pm

Report: Painter to meet with Missouri officials

what exactly happened with the whole Quinn Snyder thing?  Here in B10 country I didnt get all the (grim) deatils.  Interest to know.  Did he ever get another coaching gig?

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: March 28, 2011 5:47 pm

Report: Painter to meet with Missouri officials

Crean has arguably the #1 recruiting class in the nation going to Indiana for the 2012-2013 season. I find it highly unlikely that he would need to be above .500 in 2011-2012 to keep his job.
I think we're both seeing the same thing from different perspectives.  I believe that because Crean has one of the top classes of incoming freshmen in the country, he ought to do much better than he has in the last few seasons.  If he cannot get top talent to come together and start winning games in a weaker, but more balanced Big Ten Conference, somebody might get the idea that another hungrier coach could coax more out of the talent they have.

I'm not saying he should expect to be in trouble right away.  We should expect that Crean takes a little while to get the players to gel together.  However, if we see scattered play later in the heart of conference season and they can't put less talented teams away, it just might give some boosters some crazy ideas.  Think about it-- we've seen worse things happen to good people over the last decade or so.  We all saw the boosters chase off Herb Sendek from N. C. State and replace him with the completely overmatched Sidney Lowe.  Steve Alford was well into the process of putting Iowa basketball back on the map when he finally had enough of a stupid AD (Gary Barta) and pushy boosters who never embraced him because he was an Indiana guy.  I'm just saying, we've all seen crazier things happen...

Since: Mar 16, 2010
Posted on: March 28, 2011 5:47 pm

Report: Painter to meet with Missouri officials

Purdue should definitely work to keep Painter.  I can't believe he would think Missouri is a step up ( except for salary) and he would have a much more difficult time recruiting in Missouri since he does not know the state and area.  He has done a reasonable job recruiting at PU, just seems to be missing that one big (6-11 or bigger).  JuJuan was a great player, but would have been much more effective as a power forward with a big guy in the center.

If the worst happens, PU should go after Brad Stevens from Butler, another Hoosier who has shown he knows how to coach.  Plus I think he would be in a better position to recruit at PU than Butler, although Butler has gained a LOT of attention the last two years.

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