CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 20: Head coach Matt Painter of the Purdue Boilermakers looks on in the second half of the game against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on March 20, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Virginia Commonwealth won 94-76 in regulation. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Matt Painter Remains Purdue Coach After Meeting With Mizzou

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Matt Painter Remains Purdue Basketball Coach After Missouri Meeting

After a flurry of reports that Purdue Boilermakers coach Matt Painter would take over the Missouri Tigers job vacated by Mike Anderson, Painter has officially agreed to a new eight-year contract to remain at Purdue.

Painter, in a statement released by the school to announce his re-signing, plays up the new facilities he’ll have to work with in the future. The amount of resources allocated by the school to the athletic program was thought to be a point of contention late in the process:

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.

The courting of Painter by both Missouri and Purdue made for perhaps the second-most confounding coaching juggle of the offseason, both of which involved Mizzou. Anderson was reported to be just about to sign with either Arkansas or Missouri for several days, and the Painter story was pretty much just as complicated.

And both ended with the Tigers looking for their next coach candidate. Now where does Missouri turn?

For more on Painter, visit Rock M Nation, SB Nation Kansas City, Hammer And Rails, and SB Nation Indiana. And Big 12 Hoops and BT Powerhouse if you really like clickin’.


Matt Painter Meeting With Missouri About Basketball Coaching Job Tuesday

Matt Painter, Purdue Boilermakers basketball coach, is meeting with the Missouri Tigers Tuesday, according to reports by the Missourian and others. Former Purdue coach Gene Keady confirmed the reports, saying Painter met with Purdue Tuesday morning.

Purdue has publicly made a pitch to keep Painter, enlisting the Board of Trustees and various other important individuals in an effort to keep the basketball coach in Indiana. That might have been a good idea, as what appears to some to be a sideways or even backwards move could be more about resources than anything else, though Mizzou’s reported salary offer is significantly higher than Purdue’s.

To that end, Purdue’s associate athletic director has chastised boosters for not donating enough money to keep Painter. Sounds like a hoot!

For more on Painter, visit Rock M Nation, SB Nation Kansas City, Hammer And Rails, and SB Nation Indiana. And Big 12 Hoops and BT Powerhouse if you really like clickin’.


Matt Painter Not Missouri Basketball Coach Yet, Despite Reports

According to reports, Purdue head coach Matt Painter has not accepted the head coaching position at Missouri although the school is continuing to pursue him. 

Rumors persisted this afternoon with a Fort Wayne Sentinel reporter saying that he was "hearing" that Painter had left Purdue and had accepted the Missouri job. However, there was never a follow-up from him or on the paper's website. 

Then New York Daily News writer Dick Weiss reported that Painter was set to accept a seven year $14 million dollar contract from Missouri which was similar to the extension that was offered to former coach Mike Anderson before he left to take the Arkansas job. Weiss later backed off his report saying that Painter's agent and the Missouri AD would meet again tomorrow. 

Indianapolis Star reporter Jeff Rabjohns confirmed that there is no deal as of yet between Painter and Missouri but that both sides would sit down and meet face to face to discuss the vacancy.  Painter's salary package at Purdue is worth around $1.3 million a year which places him in the bottom half of the Big 10. 

For more on this story and Missouri basketball check out Rock M Nation


Mike Anderson Hired As Arkansas Basketball Coach, School Announces

After plenty of speculation and very strong rumors, the Arkansas Razorbacks have confirmed the hiring of Mike Anderson as the new head coach of their men's basketball team. Anderson has spent the last five seasons as the coach of the Missouri Tigers, leading that team to the NCAA tournament this season, where they lost in the first round. Last year, Anderson lead Missouri to a first round win over Clemson.

Said Anderson, about his hiring:

"It is a tremendous honor to be named the head men's basketball coach at the University of Arkansas. I want to thank Chancellor (Dave) Gearhart and Athletic Director Jeff Long for this opportunity to lead the Razorback Basketball program. I am extremely excited to once again be a part of this special University and Razorback Athletics. With the continued passionate support of all Razorback fans, I am confident that we will have the opportunity to succeed on and off the court and continue to build on the University of Arkansas' championship tradition."

Anderson's teams play a fast paced style of basketball, comparable to Nolan Richardson's teams at Arkansas through parts of three decades. It will be interesting to see if Anderson can get his team rolling in the SEC, which has been less strong than the Big XII in recent history.

For more on the matter, visit SB Nation Kansas CityRock M Nation, and Arkansas Expats.


Mike Anderson Agrees To Arkansas Basketball Offer Before Missouri's Thursday Deadline, According To Report

Mike Anderson has agreed to accept the Arkansas Razorbacks basketball head coaching job, according to CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish. The Kansas City Star’s Mike DeArmond reports Anderson has been given permission by the Missouri Tigers to speak with Arkansas, but that he has yet to inform them of any intentions to leave and that players haven’t been told Anderson’s leaving.

Just to make this more complicated, KFSM in Fayetteville reports Anderson has already signed the contract, getting the deal done this afternoon in Tulsa.

The Star also reports Anderson has a Thursday deadline either way. Missouri has reportedly offered Anderson an extension to his current deal, which already still had five years left on it. Whether they’re willing to match Arkansas’ seven-year deal isn’t known, but the money appears to be very similar.

Almost every outlet — collected one-by-one for you by SB Nation Kansas City — has Anderson leaving Mizzou for Arkansas, but it’s by no means a done deal, even according to Parrish’s report.

For more on the matter, visit SB Nation Kansas City, Rock M Nation, and Arkansas Expats.


Mike Anderson To Become Arkansas Basketball Head Coach This Week, According To Reports

The courting of Missouri Tigers basketball coach Mike Anderson by Mizzou and the Arkansas Razorbacks could be coming to a close. Fayetteville’s KSFM reports a $2.2 million-per-year, seven-year contract has been approved by Arkansas’ Razorback Foundation Board, and that a press conference introducing him as head coach has been set for Thursday.’s Dean Blevins also reports Nolan Richardson says “something will happen today” regarding Anderson. Anderson is currently in Tulsa for the funeral of a friend, and both played and coached for the Golden Hurricanes in the early ‘80s, so it’s not surprising that Oklahoman sports outlets are covering the story.

KSFM also reports a $500,000 buyout clause to be included in Anderson’s contract.

Anderson was born in SEC country, in Birmingham, Alabama, and has coached at UAB and played for Alabama’s Jefferson State.

For more on the matter, visit SB Nation Kansas City, Rock M Nation, and Arkansas Expats.


Mike Anderson Contract Offers From Arkansas, Missouri On The Way, According To Reports

Mike Anderson, Missouri Tigers basketball head coach, is about to receive contract offers from both the Arkansas Razorbacks and from Mizzou itself, according to reports by Fayetteville’s 5News and the Kansas City Star. Anderson’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, has been active publicly in pumping up Anderson’s market value, though the coach of the “fastest 40 minutes in basketball” attack would certainly be a hot item regardless.

Arkansas fired coach John Pelphrey on Selection Sunday.

Don’t expect a decision to come in the very immediate future, however, as Anderson is reportedly busy Tuesday with the funeral of a longtime friend.

Anderson has been with Mizzou since 2006, compiling a 200-98 record throughout his coaching career and a 2008 Big 12 title. He’s led the Tigers and UAB to a combined six NCAA tournaments, including a Sweet 16 and an Elite Eight appearance.

For more on the matter, visit SB Nation Kansas City, Rock M Nation, and Arkansas Expats.


Arkansas Basketball Coach John Pelphrey Fired

Arkansas announced Sunday that it had fired coach John Pelphrey after four seasons with the Razorbacks.

Pelphrey was 69-59 in that time, including an 18-13 record this season. Arkansas lost to Tennessee in the opening round of the SEC tournament on Thursday, the third straight first-round exit for the school.

Athletic director Jeff Long spoke about the firing.

"I wanted to give John every chance possible, and I felt like four years was fair to John given the situation he took over and given the commitment that was made to him when he arrived here. I had very high hopes that John could be successful, and I think John could be successful in another situation. But it wasn't happening here at Arkansas."

Pelphrey had three years remaining on his contract and will be paid a negotiated buyout.

Keep an eye on Arkansas Expat for reaction and thoughts on who should replace him.

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