WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The million dollar question for Purdue Basketball fans has been answered: head men's basketball coach Matt Painter will remain a Boiler.
NewsChannel 18 spoke to former Boilermaker basketball coach Gene Keady and former football coach Joe Tiller about what it was like to work in Purdue's athletic department.
Both said you have to do what makes you happy. It looks like Painter is happy here in West Lafayette.
Before Matt Painter's decision to stay became public, former Purdue basketball coach Gene Keady said he had been praying.
"I hope he stays at Purdue," Keady said. "I think Purdue is a better job than Missouri, but I want him happy. We will see what happens. I just hope and pray he stays at Purdue."
When he was coach, Keady heard his fair share of rumors swirling about him leaving Purdue.
"It was interesting to me. The public never did believe you," Keady said. "They thought you were hiding something. You were never hiding anything. You were just trying to tell the truth and make sure you told it like it was."
Former Boiler football coach Joe Tiller may be in Wyoming now, but that doesn't mean he hasn't heard what has been happening in West Lafayette.
Some fans point fingers at athletic director Morgan Burke for Painter's dilemma. A new website, called firemorganburke.com has a petition it started to get Burke fired.
Tiller defended the athletic department.
"I think people should be cautious to jumping all over Morgan Burke. I think in the defense of Morgan, you know, you work with the budgets you have. That's it. I guess the answer is to create a bigger budget, but I don't know how he could do any better job than what is being done currently at Purdue," Tiller said.
Tiller also added collegiate athletics are getting more and more competitive.
"I think the expectation levels are way out of control. It doesn't seem to matter what you do for a place, they kind of want more, so to speak," Tiller said. "Every now and then, it is not that bad to have a change of scenery."
For now, it looks like Painter's scenery will be Mackey Arena.
A press conference with the Purdue University athletic department on Painter is scheduled for Thursday.
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