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Matt Painter Turns Down Mizzou, Inks New Deal with Purdue Through 2019

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - JANUARY 09:  Matt Painter the Head Coach of the Purdue Boilermakers gives instructions to his team during the Big Ten Conference game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Mackey Arena on January 9, 2011 in West Lafayette, Indiana.  Purdue won 75-52.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Brian HaenchenContributor IIMarch 30, 2011

It is now being reported that Matt Painter has turned down an offer from the Missouri Tigers and has decided to return to Purdue. ESPN’s Andy Katz first broke the story.

Painter's contract extension will keep him with the Boilermakers through 2019. In a press release on Purdue's athletics website, Painter said he had a change of heart and is dedicated to the university:

"I am extremely excited about continuing my career at Purdue. I believe we have built something very special. At the same time, I feel we have much more ahead of us to accomplish."

"There's a lot to be excited about right now with Purdue basketball. We are moving into our new offices and locker room complex over the next couple of weeks. Our program is built on hard work, and we are ready to get back to improving as a team and a staff."

"At the end of the day, my heart is at Purdue, and this is a place where I want to win a national championship."

Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke is thrilled with Painter's decision.

"We are thrilled to announce that Matt will continue his leadership of our men's basketball program at his alma mater," Burke said. "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."

Painter has won three Big Ten Coach of the Year Awards and this season led the Boilermakers to their first unbeaten home schedule (16-0) since 1968-1969. Under Painter, Purdue has won at least 25 games each of the past four years. Purdue is just one of eight programs in the nation to accomplish that feat.

Missouri’s search committee will now go back to the drawing board. It does not appear that Mike Alden has contacted any other potential candidates.

Marquette’s coach Buzz Williams will not be a candidate for the Missouri head-coaching job, as he signed a new contract with Marquette Wednesday afternoon.

Mizzou is looking for a replacement for Mike Anderson, who left the Tigers last week to take over the Arkansas Razorbacks.

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