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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mizzou Hopes Painter Makes Its Masterpiece

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 10:45 AM

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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