UPDATE: ESPN's Andy Katz Reporting Matt Painter Will Remain at Purdue
UPDATE (2:54 CENTRAL): ESPN's Andy Katz is now reporting that sources are telling him Painter has turned down Missouri's offer.
Katz's report contradicts a tweet from Eric Blumberg that cited an anonymous source that said Painter to Mizzou was "100% going to happen." Neither Purdue nor Missouri has commented on Katz's report. Blumberg has since tweeted "Went with a source I trusted." (Twitter is down, but as soon as it is back up and running, I will link his tweet to this article.)
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UPDATE: KOMU sports director Eric Blumberg tweeted that a source told him Painter to Missouri was "100% going to happen." No immediate response from Mizzou or Purdue.
The noon “deadline” has come and gone with no official decision from Purdue head coach Matt Painter.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer Bernie Miklasz reported earlier today that Painter had contacted Missouri athletic director Mike Alden to inform him that he had accepted their offer to become the Tigers’ next head basketball coach.
Shortly after Miklasz's report was published, the University of Missouri released a statement labeling those reports as “premature.”
Missouri spokesperson Dave Reiter sent a text to the Columbia Missourian saying there was no truth to those rumors.
Purdue assistant athletic director Tom Schott told the Missourian that he had seen Miklasz's story but had not been alerted about Painter contacting Purdue with an official decision.
It did become known today that Painter is still in Orlando vacationing with his family. It is believed that the coach would return to Purdue to talk to his players before officially announcing his move to Missouri.
If the theory that Painter would first return to Purdue before announcing his decision to coach at Missouri is true, then the longer the wait for Missouri fans, the more optimistic they should be.
Mike DeArmond, Missouri beat writer for the Kansas City Star, wrote that Painter plans to return to Indiana by 8 pm tonight, meaning an announcement of his decision could be delayed.
One would believe that if Painter made the decision to stay at Purdue, he would simply make the announcement right there from Orlando to end all the speculation.
None of the three parties involved have said much since this process began. Since making its move to keep Painter yesterday, Purdue officials have only gone on the record to say they have not heard from him yet.
Missouri director of media relations Chad Moller declined to comment yesterday afternoon, saying only that the coaching search was “ongoing.”
If Miklasz’s report turns out to be true, a press conference could be held as early as later this afternoon. However, Columbia Daily Tribune writer Dave Matter tweeted at 1:30 CT that none of the other Mizzou coaches had been informed about any upcoming press conferences.
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