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Purdue wants to keep Painter

Matt Painter

Purdue officials want to keep Matt Painter as the school's men's basketball coach.

That sentiment was shared in the school's first public comments Tuesday morning. Painter has been courted by Missouri to be its new coach and is meeting with officials from that school this morning.

Last night, according to a statement made by assistant athletics director for communications Tom Schott, Purdue's board of trustees, its president and athletics director Morgan Burke "clearly demonstrated our university's commitment to him and to our men's basketball program."

Though details weren't provided about exactly what that means – though it's likely an adjustment to his contract – Schott said the effort that was made "is not an ending point but certainly enough of a starting point they'll understand our desires to keep him as our men's basketball coach."

Painter made $1.9 million this season, including performance-based incentives. Reports have Missouri set to offer a $2 million per season.

Schott didn't know if the message was delivered directly to Painter or his agent Buddy Baker. Painter is on vacation in Florida with his family. That's where he is expected to meet with Missouri officials later this morning.

sclardie@jg.net

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