Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden is under a lot of pressure right now to close the deal with Matt Painter. Missouri was already told "no thanks" by Mike Anderson after offering him a $500,000 pay increase. Now the whole basketball world knows that Painter is the guy Missouri wants as its next head coach, and if Painter decides to stay at Purdue it would certainly be an embarrassment for Alden and the Tigers. If Painter is just playing Mizzou for a raise at his alma mater it would be clear to the fan base that the Tigers didn't get their man. That they are settling for their third choice (behind Anderson and Painter). That might all be forgotten in time, but only if the next guy can produce winning teams in Columbia.
If Painter comes to a contract agreement with Mizzou it would be a "home run" for the Tigers. This guy appears to be the perfect candidate for the job. He's been successful in a difficult conference, and been a three time winner of the Big Ten coach of the year award. He has Midwest routes, having coached at SIU-Carbondale and Purdue. He's taken the Boilermakers to five NCAA tournament appearances. He's considered an outstanding recruiter, an area in which Missouri really needs improvement. This year were exactly zero players from the St. Louis area on the Missouri roster, while players like Ben Hansbrough (Big East player of the year), Josh Harrellson of Kentucky, and Alex Tyus of Florida lead their teams deep into the NCAA tournament. St. Louis had two 5 star high school recruits this year in Bradley Beal and BJ Young. Mizzou didn't get either one of them. If Painter can seal the border and start getting the premiere players to stay home in Missouri, the program should improve greatly in terms of wins and losses, and also at the gate.