Someone close to the program must have sent out a mass text, because our Gary Parrish, along with other mainstream sources in the industry all reported Matt Painter's return to Purdue within seconds of each other.
Now, the university has sent out an official release, etching the news in stone. Painter has signed an eight-year extension. The amount of money the new contract is worth is not being disclosed to the public. The coaching saga of the week, which began to overshadow the Final Four, is now over.
"We are thrilled to announce that Matt will continue his leadership of our men's basketball program at his alma mater," athletics director Morgan Burke said. "He has been at the helm of the winningest four-year period in the storied history of Boilermaker basketball, and we pledge to work with him to win championships."Painter, who is vacationing in Florida, said this in the statement: "I am extremely excited about continuing my career at Purdue. I believe we have built something very special. At the same time, I feel we have much more ahead of us to accomplish.
"There's a lot to be excited about right now with Purdue basketball. We are moving into our new offices and locker room complex over the next couple of weeks. Our program is built on hard work, and we are ready to get back to improving as a team and a staff. At the end of the day, my heart is at Purdue, and this is a place where I want to win a national championship."
Boilers fans are relieved everywhere. Much cheering/sighs of relief going on, and that includes Robbie Hummel, who will return for his senior season in 2011-12. Painter's a Purdue alumnus, and his value within this program is something many feel lucky to have, considering what Gene Keady did for so long in West Lafayette, Ind.
Missouri ... gets shut out. It will continue to chase (Shaka Smart now target No. 1?), as it's looking more and more like the girl who can't get a date to the prom. Mike Anderson left it for Arkansas, now this. It got really sticky for Purdue fans, who, out of nowhere, felt a sense of panic that certainly wasn't there a few days ago. Now coach is getting paid and the program returns to normal.
Now, as for the Twitter quagmire of "reporting" that went on in the past 48 hours, I've got the barrel fully loaded. Column coming tomorrow on that fiasco.
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