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Purdue vows "commitment" to men's basketball

So maybe Matt Painter's nice $1 million raise wasn't the only reason he stayed at Purdue.

He praised the school's "commitment" to "resources" to fielding a program that can win a national championship.

We just don't know the specifics as to what that commitment involves or what resources those are.

Because questions to that effect during a news conference on Thursday, the day after Painter signed an eight-year contract, with Painter, athletics director Morgan Burke and president France Cordova went unanswered.

We could assume it means a bump in assistant coaches' and support staff salaries.

We could assume it means help in day-to-day operations.

We could assume it means a flashier mode of transportation on road trips -- apparently assistant coaches have mere everyday rental cars instead of luxury vehicles and that can influence recruits.

We could assume a lot. But we don't know. Not for lack of trying.

Burke was asked by Lafayette Journal & Courier's Jeff Washburn to address "other things that are going to be in place, such as compensation for the assistant coaches, other things that maybe the program needs to go to the next level." Here's the response:

"The commitment is to make sure that you have the resources to be there. While we're not going to get into all the specifics this morning, I've assured Matt as I've assured Danny Hope as I've assured other coaches that where we have gaps, we need to fix them. You can't have aspirations to be champions unless you're willing to do the things that are necessary resource-wise. ... The bottom line is if you want to win a championship, you have to do the things that a championship team will do. We're prepared to make that commitment."

I tried this way to Painter: "Can you address the resources question? What were you looking for? What are the elements to you of a commitment to a national championship program?" And he said ...

"What I was looking for -- I wasn't looking for anything. My phone rang. I think sometimes that kind of gets lost in the shuffle when things of this nature happen. But you just listen. That's all that really happened here. I think Morgan has touched on the $100 million renovation of the (Mackey) project. ... I'm excited and also jealous as a former player that we didn't have it. So I think we have a lot of resources just from the commitment of John Purdue Club members and a lot of Purdue alums that have committed to this project."

One last time. A TV reporter from Indianapolis phrased his question this way: "Besides Matt's pay raise and the building renovations that were underway prior to today, what other enhancements have there been to the basketball program through this process? Are assistants getting pay raises? Additions to recruiting budget?" And Burke said ...

"I think we'll look at each individual item, and the commitment is we'll do what's necessary to put a championship team in place. We don't have a laundry list because things change. What we would have needed three or four years ago might be different than what you're going to need three, four years down the road. Matt and I will take a good, hard look to see what we need to do and we have the resources and commitment to make those things happen. And we have made some things happen. It's not like there's no resources that are out there. There are a lot of resources. The question is to make sure we're all on the same page of what's the biggest bang for the buck. That's an evolutionary process. We've had some good discussions, not just in the last 72 hours. We've done a lot of things over the past four, five years to make adjustments to the way we manage this program and other programs."

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