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.”
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.”
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.
Missouri sophomore guard Michael Dixon blocks Illinois senior guard Demetri McCamey during the Braggin' Rights game against Illinois on Wednesday at the Scottrade Center. Dixon came off of a two game suspension to score 10 points against Illinois. (Photo by Mike Ziegler
The Missouri basketball team defeated the Illinois Fighting Illini for the second year in a row with a 75-64 victory Wednesday at Scottrade Center in Saint Louis.
The final tally is actually not a good indication of how close this game actually was. Both teams battled back-and-forth until junior Marcus Denmon stole the ball from Illinois’ Brandon Paul and fed it to Ricardo Ratliffe who laid it in to extend Missouri’s lead to 62-58 with just under a minute left.
“I knew that they would be trying to get the ball to McCamey, like I said, he was the head of their basketball team and the key to a lot of the things they do offensively,” Denmon said. “I knew they were going to pass it and I just got the steal. Then, my big man, Ricardo, ran the floor well and I just passed it to him because you always gotta reward the big men for running the floor and he finished. That was a big play.”
The MIssouri football team celebrates its win against the Kansas Jayhawks on Nov. 27 at Arrowhead Stadium. The Tigers finished their season with a 10-2 record and were selected to play Iowa at the Insight Bowl on Dec. 28. (Photo-Grant Hindsley/Senior Staff Photographer)
It may be cliché, but the bowl gods finally looked kindly upon the Missouri Tigers, giving them an invite ahead of Nebraska to the Insight Bowl.
Played in Tempe, Ariz., the Insight Bowl has a higher payout than both the Alamo and Holiday Bowls with a guaranteed $3,325,000. Even though MU’s payout will be invested in the Big 12 and re-distributed among the conference, the school still gets a comparatively-larger share due to their increased national television exposure and selection to an upper-tier bowl game.
But in addition to financial incentives, MU’s opponent, Iowa, presents some interesting storylines.
Sophomore defensive end Aldon Smith celebrates with his team and fans after the Tigers defeated Oklahoma at MU's Homecoming game Nov. 23. The Tigers will likely go to either the Insight Bowl or Holiday Bowl. (Photo by Grant Hindsley/Senior Staff Photographer)
As the dust begins to settle on a wild Big 12 football season, fans’ attention turns to the mess that is the bowl selection process.