Mizzou Hopes Painter Makes Its Masterpiece

click to enlarge Purdue coach Matt Painter could soon have two million reasons to smile.
Purdue coach Matt Painter could soon have two million reasons to smile.
University of Missouri's athletic director Mike Alden hopes to land a replacement for the departed Mike Anderson today during a meeting in Florida with Purdue basketball coach Matt Painter.

Painter, the 40-year-old phenom who's taken the Boilermakers to six NCAA tourneys on the way to compiling a 155-66 record in seven years as a head coach, is said to be among the favorites to fill the vacancy at Mizzou.

But getting him to Columbia is far from a sure thing. The Post-Dispatch this morning paraphrased a source as saying that MU had a better than 50 percent chance of nabbing Painter. Now the Indianapolis Star reports that Purdue officials have met to offer him a more lucrative contract in the hopes of retaining Painter.

Painter, named the Big 10 Coach of the Year in three of the last four seasons, currently makes around $1.3 million. Prior to Anderson's hasty departure to Arkansas last week, Mizzou curators had agreed to pay the school's basketball coach a salary of around $2 million. Scuttlebutt is that Painter would receive that much to leave Purdue for Mizzou.
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