AD: Painter ‘Interested’ In Mizzou ‘Nearly Year Ago’

Last night I reported that part of the motivation for Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden in his futile pursuit of Purdue coach Matt Painter was former Missouri senior associate AD and current SIU Athletic Director Mario Moccia’s optimistic view - expressed to Alden - of Mizzou’s chances of landing Painter as its next basketball coach.

Matt Painter 'expressed interest' in Mizzou 'nearly a year ago'

(SbB Report Confirmed; AD Claims Painter Coveted Mizzou ‘nearly year ago’)

Following my report, Moccia confirmed his involvement in the process to KANSAS CITY STAR reporter Mike DeArmond while also providing insight into what he may have communicated to Alden about former SIU coach Painter.

DeArmond: Read more…

Who Duped Mizzou Into Futile Matt Painter Pursuit

In the aftermath of the Frank Haith hire, many Missouri basketball fans have pointed to Athletic Director Mike Alden’s inability to close the deal with Purdue’s Matt Painter as the moment the Mizzou coaching search officially went off the rails.

Mike Alden

(Did former Mizzou staffer Paint Alden into a corner?)

But from what I’ve been told by multiple Missouri athletic department and administration sources, Alden doesn’t deserve all the blame for what was a clear miscalculation of Painter’s intentions.

There’s a reason Alden was confident enough about snaring Painter’s services that he flew to Florida - amid an ungodly media crush - to try to bag the Boilers coach. Read more…

Dayton Confirms Gregory Accepted Ga. Tech Offer

Midday Friday I reported, “Dayton coach Brian Gregory has been extended an offer by Georgia Tech (to coach the school’s basketball team) but has not yet decided if he will take the job.

Brian Gregory takes Georgia Tech job

(Georgia Tech has refused to confirm the news)

That report was followed up by similar reports from Matt Stewart of Comcast Sports Southeast and Jeff Goodman of FOX Sports later in the day.

After my report, Georgia Tech Associate Athletic Director Wayne Hogan issued the following statement:

The search for the next men’s basketball coach at Georgia Tech has not concluded and is still ongoing, contrary to a number of published internet reports on Friday. As is our policy, we do not comment on ongoing searches. However, due to these erroneous reports we felt compelled to clarify the status of the search process.

This morning, the official University of Dayton sports Twitter feed reported: Read more…

GT Offers Job To Coach; School Responds to SbB

Earlier today I reported on Facebook that Georgia Tech interviewed Tulsa head basketball coach Doug Wojcik for its hoops coaching vacancy on Thursday.

Georgia Tech statement about SbB report on Brian Gregory

Subsequent to that post, I’ve learned from a Georgia Tech athletic department source that the school has offered the job to another coach. Read more…