Franklin, defense shine in Black and Gold game

The Maneater published this story on April 16, 2011

With the starting quarterback job up for grabs and the inexperience of the three candidates for the spot, there has been a special focus this spring on defense and the running game. That extra attention paid to the ground game and defense was on full display at this year’s Black and Gold Game.

“It’s always good to be a real good defensive team. Anytime you have a good quarterback and you run the ball the better it can be,” coach Gary Pinkel said. “I think a lot of times you have to see where you are at and where you are going. We have a lot of good players and both quarterbacks are very talented, so we just have to see what happens.”

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Haith adds three members to coaching staff

The Maneater published this article on April 15, 2011

Men's basketball coach Frank Haith speaks to the media April 5 at Mizzou Arena. Haith added three new members to his staff this week. (Photo: Nick Agro)

Missouri men’s basketball coach Frank Haith filled three positions on his coaching staff Wednesday afternoon with the hiring of Tim Fuller, Ernie Nestor and Todor Pandov. All three will begin working with the team immediately.

“We are certainly excited to make this announcement,” Haith said in a press release on MUTigers.com. “There are a number of qualities you look for when organizing your staff. You want energy, integrity and an ability to mold and shape young men on and off the basketball court. We have that with the hiring of Tim, Ernie and Todor. I couldn’t be happier to have these three men and their tremendous families join us at Mizzou.”

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MU introduces Haith to fans

The Maneater published this article on April 5, 2011

Head men's basketball coach Frank Haith speaks to the media and members of the MU administration on Tuesday morning at Mizzou Arena. Haith laid out his goals for his new team and expressed excitement for being chosen as the new head coach. (Photo: Nick Agro/Senior Staff Photographer)

The Frank Haith Era has officially begun at MU. Haith, who was officially named Missouri’s men’s basketball coach Monday night, was introduced to the public at a news conference Tuesday morning.

“It’s truly an honor to be here with you today,” Haith said. “I feel like I’m the luckiest man in the world. I have felt the passion already and that’s why I’m here.”

In his first meeting with the players early Tuesday morning, Haith stressed the importance of family and relationships.

“Yesterday was the toughest day I’ve had, because I had to tell those guys in Miami that I was no longer going to be their coach,” Haith said. “So, I know what [the Missouri players] felt when Mike [Anderson] told them that he was leaving for Arkansas. But I told them, I’m not going to be Mike Anderson, I’m going to be Frank Haith.”

Haith also told the players that he intends to pick up where Mike Anderson left off in terms of building the program, but that they have to buy into his system to be successful.

“What he did here for five years, he’s taken this program to be very competitive nationally,” Haith said. “We have great, great people along with really good players. We will win here. We will win big and that was expressed in that meeting this morning with these guys. We want to win and we want to win big. We talked about how that happens, the commitment they have to make, and I think they understand that.”

With a record of 129-101 at Miami over his seven seasons at head coach, Haith’s hiring drew some harsh criticism. Despite the backlash from many of the fans, Haith said he was actually encouraged by their reaction.

“I don’t look at the negativity I’m hearing so far as a negative, I look at it as a positive because that’s why I’m here,” Haith said. “That’s what I want. I want that passion because I want to win. I want to cut down nets. I am not taking it the way you think I should take it. I take it as a positive. I’m excited about doing that here. I’m excited about what we have here to get that done.”

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Meet Frank: Curators approve contract for new coach

The Maneater published this article on April 5, 2011

Missouri’s search for a new men’s basketball coach is over. Missouri Athletics Director Mike Alden put speculation to rest Monday with an announcement that former Miami Hurricanes coach Frank Haith will take over as the Tigers’ men’s basketball coach.

In a special closed session Monday night, the UM System Board of Curators approved an employment package of $1.5 million guaranteed for five years, plus a $100,000 in deferred annual compensation, with a one-year automatic extension that begins on May 1, 2012.

“We’re very pleased to have such a well-rounded and respected man lead our basketball program into the future,” Alden said. “Frank has the character and integrity we are looking for, and he’s someone who is very excited to be a Missouri Tiger. And of course, we feel that all of these qualities combined, when given the opportunity at a program with a proud tradition and resources such as ours at Mizzou, that he’s going to win at a very high level.”

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Coaching search continues as Painter sticks with Purdue

The Maneater published this article on March 30, 2011

Matt Painter will not be the next head coach of the Missouri men’s basketball team. After meeting with Missouri officials in Orlando on Tuesday, the 40-year-old three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year award winner opted to sign an 8-year extension with Purdue.

“At the end of the day, my heart is at Purdue, and this is a place where I want to win a national championship,” Painter said in a statement Wednesday.

Painter’s new contract extension will keep him with his alma mater through the 2018-2019 season.

Other terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“We are thrilled to announce that Matt will continue his leadership of our men’s basketball program at his alma mater,” Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke said in a press release on the school’s athletic website. “He has been at the helm of the winningest four-year period in the storied history of Boilermaker basketball, and we pledge to work with him to win championships.”

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Purdue works to keep Painter as Missouri makes its case

The Maneater published this article on March 29, 2011

Mike Alden and the search committee made its case to Painter in Orlando Tuesday afternoon. Alden has asked Painter to make a decision by noon on Wednesday.

After days of speculation that Missouri was making its final push to bring in Matt Painter to replace Mike Anderson as its men’s basketball coach, Purdue finally made its move to retain their coach Tuesday.

“Last night the board of trustees, President (France) Córdova, and (Athletic Director) Morgan Burke clearly demonstrated Purdue University’s commitment to him and to our men’s basketball program,” Purdue assistant athletic director Tom Schott said in a teleconference Tuesday morning. “We are proactive and while we will not go into details at this time, we have encouraged Matt Painter to stay through our words and actions. We want Matt to remain a Boilermaker.”

Schott’s statement comes a day after Athletic Director Mike Alden and members of his staff traveled to Orlando to meet with Painter and negotiate a potential move to Columbia.

Schott declined to comment when asked why Purdue has waited to make its pitch to Painter.

It is considered a common courtesy among universities to seek permission before negotiating with another team’s coach. It is still unclear if Missouri sought permission to speak with Painter, but Schott said he has no reason to believe MU is handling the situation less than professionally.

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