*Yes, I understand this is a Michigan State blog, but as Purdue has recently challenged for Big Ten Titles and we recently had our own coaching scare, I thought it'd be interesting to throw my 1 cent into a 2 cent discussion*
I probably had the same reaction most people had when Painter's name surfaced as a possible candidate at Missouri. LOL. WUT?
But the longer the rumor lingered the silence in West Lafayette was deafening. What are the odds a coaching alum in a recruit rich state would leave? He hasn't choked any kids on tape, never encouraged players to help cover up a murder, and as far as we know never lied to the NCAA.
National media had pretty much the same reaction. Never going to happen. Except .... it might.
As I recall, and please correct me if I'm wrong, but there was a time when Tom Izzo thought about leaving. I don't mean last year with the ill-fated Cavs flirtation. I mean, in the early part of the 2000's when he walked on water. Rebuilding the basketball program, hanging banners, and a title buys you a lot of credit. Alas, the administration may not have been on the same page. Rumors of a potential jump to the NBA turned out to be just that and we hummed along quietly until the discontent of last summer. However, the past history can be a good indication of what's happening to the Boilermakers right now.
If your coach doesn't get along with your administration and / or athletic department, it's only a matter of time until either the coach goes or the agitation goes. The MSU administration really screwed up with football and Saban. They learned, somewhat, and didn't screw the pooch in basketball. We made concessions to Izzo after it was clear he was serious about investing in the program. Even today there are whispers that some of the members of the Board of Trustee's tolerate more than like Tom Izzo. I'm not schooled in the politics at Purdue, but I think it must be obvious this is about more than money for Painter. Big ego's cause big friction. Whether it's about more money for his assistants, facility improvements, etc. Painter wants the Purdue administration to pony up and support the basketball program as much as possible.
As a MSU fan, I have no opinion on whether or not Painter will run off. All I do know is Tom Izzo at one point had a similar situation in his face when he was an up and coming young coach. He stuck it out, he weathered the storm of less than ideal conditions. It wasn't easy, even he has referenced the school running through numerous football coaches and the hardship that can have on an athletic department. However, I shudder to think of MSU post-2003 with a coach by any other name than Izzo. In just a few days, we'll see if Purdue has to face such a reality.