Matt Painter spurned an aggressive offer from Missouri on Wednesday afternoon and will remain the men's basketball coach at Purdue, his alma mater.
“At the end of the day, my heart is at Purdue,” Painter said, “and this is a place where I want to win a national championship.”
Painter turned down Missouri’s offer of more than $2 million for a period of at least seven years and agreed to a new eight-year contract to stay in West Lafayette, Ind. Terms were not revealed.
Purdue has won at least 25 games each of the past four seasons.
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Kemba Walker of Connecticut and Jimmer Fredette of BYU are among 10 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award All-American men’s team.
The top five men will be invited to Los Angeles for the April 8 announcement of the Wooden Award winners as college players of the year. Also on the men’s team are Ben Hansbrough of Notre Dame, JaJuan Johnson of Purdue, Kawhi Leonard of San Diego State, Marcus Morris of Kansas, Jacob Pullen of Kansas State, Duke’s Nolan Smith, Jared Sullinger of Ohio State and Arizona’s Derrick Williams.
Marquette announced it has finalized a new contract with coach Buzz Williams. UC Davis men’s coach Gary Stewart is stepping down after eight seasons with the Aggies.