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Painter signs 8-year extension with Purdue

Posted on: March 30, 2011 4:29 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 9:05 pm
Posted by Matt Norlander

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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Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: April 1, 2011 12:55 pm

Painter signs 8-year extension with Purdue

"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."

Where's the column, Norlander? We're waiting.....

Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2011 11:22 pm

Painter signs 8-year extension with Purdue

Painter should send the Missouri AD a thank you for thinking of him.  Missouri helped painter who was so loyal to Purdue that he was afraid to approach the unversity and ask them for help with paying his coaches,  increasing his own payroll and improving the basketball program altogether.  Until Missouri approached him about the job Purdue had turned a deaf ear to his needs. Its funny how they found the money when he was courted and all but signed with Missouri. Then on the news you see a  Purde university official with the audacity to say we don't hold it against Coach Painter.  The official said after all Painter did not approach Missouri . They approached him this official said.  To that official: You know why they approached him.  Because he was ripe for the picking. He'd been wronged over the years and when they saw the errors of their ways they came across with the goods.  If they had not come through he would have been at Missouri. So that Purdue official should'nt go around like nothing took place and that "Bad Bad Missouri" never had a chance.  I hope Painter, his coaches and all of the Purdue basketball boosters send a thank you to Mizzou A.D. Mike Alden for helping push the Boilermaker Program to new heights.   

Since: Jul 20, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2011 10:30 pm

Quin Snyder doing anything?

Mizzou fans had better not assume any of these rising stars want to take a detour to Columbia on their way to a good destination. How could any of them think they had a real shot at Painter? If someone like Shaka Smart went there, he'd either move on after a couple good years or fall flat on his face. Mizzou just isn't prime real estate in terms of athletics. And with the demise of the BIG TEX CONFERENCE just a few years away at best, what coach would want to walk into such instability? 

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 10:20 pm

MU hasn;t even put themselves on the market yet

Norlander, your analogy is not accurate. It;s mroe like....Mizzou almost snagged someone else's prom date (Painter) after sleeping with someone  (Anderson) who finally went back to their wife of 17 years (Ark).  Mizzou will still get a good/better date to the prom.  Shaka Smart's style fits the current roster of MU players better, anyway.  Rose at BYU still a good possibility.  Who knows?  Stevens may win a national championship with Butler and want to leave on top.

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