Missouri Visits Painter

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The Missouri Tigers have made their move with a trip to Florida and back to offer Matt Painter the job as Mizzou head basketball coach.

Missouri Athletic Director, Mike Alden, flew from Jefferson City to Orlando this morning with the rest of his basketball coaching search committee: Senior Associate Athletic Director, Whit Babcock; Special Assistant to the Athletic Director, Gary Link; and Deputy Chancellor, Mike Middleton. The committee offered Purdue's Matt Painter the head coaching job with the Missouri Tigers.

Painter is expected to announce his decision Wednesday.

Purdue released a statement saying it intends to keep Painter as its coach, and has conveyed to Painter its plan to improve his situation in West Lafayette.

Painter owns a record of 163-69 in seven years as a division one head coach.

He spent one year at Southern Illinois, leading the Salukis to 25 wins and the NCAA tournament, and earned Missouri Valley Coach of the Year honors.

Painter then returned to Purdue, his alma mater.
He became the Boilermakers head coach, the job he has had the last six years.

Painter had led Purdue to five consecutive NCAA tournaments, and four consecutive seasons of at least 25 wins.

He earned Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year honors three times in the last four years.