I’ll admit, I haven’t listened to enough of Matt Painter, so perhaps this is how he always sounds. But, now that he has tested the waters in considering a move to Missouri, something about the whole thing still smells a little fishy to me — especially after listening to the following interview.
To start out, it was already plenty weird how the whole situation was handled by pretty much every party involved. Missouri seemingly holds no secrets when it comes to a coaching search and reports about whether Matt Painter was going to go there were all over the map.
But in the following interview, it really seems like he has no interest in answering the questions. He says all the right things about Purdue showing him a level of commitment and whatnot, but when it comes to talking about the process, he’s all over the map in discussing it. Again, I’ll admit there’s a chance that this is simply how he sounds all the time, but his accounts of the events still sound a little fishy to me.
Matt Painter joined 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis with Dan Dakich to discuss how the process played out in taking a peek at Missouri, his relationship with the Purdue administration, whether this process has opened some eyes and what he’ll say to recruits who wonder if he’ll test the waters somewhere else.
On how the process with Missouri played out:
“It’s something for me, personally, that’s flattering when somebody calls and is interested. I’ve never really been through it. … When you’re happy somewhere and somebody calls you to show interest … you start to listen and you search out other people in the business that have been through it. … I reached out to a lot of guys in the business and they just said, ‘When you’ve been somewhere awhile, you’ve got to strengthen your conviction of why you should stay at Purdue.”
Did you ever feel you weren’t on the same page as the administration?:
“I think what you have to do is you have to do a better job of educating those around you of what other people in the country are doing. … You can’t just throw money at every single problem that you have. … After having some lengthy discussions, I felt there are some things, in terms of helping out our program, that are really going to help us have even more of a championship commitment.”
On having eyes opened at Purdue as to what you need to win a national title:
“I would agree with that. I would say a lot of things have changed in the landscape of college basketball. Butler is an unbelievable example. … You need good players, you need an administration that supports you and is on top of that. I feel I have that at Purdue. There’s no doubt that that’s strengthened and that got better. Purdue got a lot stronger here in the last week.”
Will that be his message to recruits when they say they saw the whole thing where he seemingly tested the waters?:
“No doubt about it. Anybody that gets in that thing and especially coaches that try to use that against another coach, that’s crazy. … Anybody can say what they want to do, but everybody’s going to listen to what someone is going to say. … I’m very happy at Purdue and I think they’ve made a huge commitment to me before this and they’ve made another huge commitment to me.”