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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 9A

New coach
By Jack Herman
Daily Sports Writer
CHICAGO - First-year Purdue coach Matt Paint-
er looked right at home fielding questions from the
press about his new job during Big Ten Media Day
on Sunday. He cracked jokes, made predictions and
even deflected inquiries about his players' legal trou-
bles. But if you ask Painter whether he ever imagined
he'd be sitting in this chair when he began his college
playing career with the Boilermakers 15 years ago,
you'd get a somewhat unlikely answer.
"People ask me, 'Do you feel any different about
being here? Is this a dream come true?' - about
being the next coach of Purdue," Painter said. "Well,
I never thought about being the next coach of Pur-
due because I always thought (former coach Gene
Keady) would be the coach, similar to (how) coach
(Bobby) Knight was at Indiana. You grow up in the
state of Indiana, those guys are going to be like Yoda
in coaching their universities forever."
Before last season began, the second of those lega-
cies ended. Knight was long gone to Texas Tech, and
finally, the legendary Keady announced his retire-
ment after 25 years at Purdue. In order to ease the
transition, Painter joined the team as an assistant at
the beginning of last year. But oddly enough, it was
the events after the 2002-03 season that precipitated
his hiring.
When current Kansas coach Bill Self left Illinois
to coach the Jayhawks, the Illini hired then-Southern
Illinois coach Bruce Weber to fill the open spot. This
not only allowed Painter to take over the Salukis at
the age of 32, but also meant that Weber, who was an
assistant coach for 19 years at Purdue before taking
the Southern Illinois job, was no longer Keady's heir
apparent. With Weber out of the picture, Painter's 25-
5 season at the Salukis' helm was enough to get him
the job in West Lafayette.
Painter might be hoping for just as much luck
entering this season. Last year, Purdue posted a 7-

Ben Wallace (3) and the Pistons defeated Philadelphia, 108.88, in the season opener.
" Hamifton nets 37
~Pistons' opener

Former Purdue basketball coach Gene Keady, above, will be succeeded by Matt Painter this season.

only difference was the coaches.
Richard Hamilton scored 37 points
to lead the Detroit Pistons past the
Philadelphia 76ers 108-88 last night
in a game that looked a lot like their
first-round series six months ago.
With Flip Saunders taking Larry
Brown's place in Detroit and Mau-
rice Cheeks replacing Jim O'Brien,
the Pistons were still too tough on
defense and balanced on offense for
the Sixers.
Philadelphia's Allen Iverson
scored 31 points, but he didn't have
much help - much like in Detroit's
4-1 series victory en route to its sec-
ond straight trip to the NBA Finals.
Chris Webber had 16 points, but
he was scoreless in the third quarter,
and the other three starters failed to
score more than eight.
The Pistons unveiled their 2005
conference championship banner
before the game, then took control
for good in the first quarter.
Detroit, which never trailed, led
by 10 midway through the quarter
while holding the Sixers to 2-of-13
shooting and maintained the cush-
ion easily throughout its season
Philadelphia lost to Milwaukee
117-108 in overtime at home on

Tuesday night, opening night in the
Perhaps the back-to-back games
wore down the Sixers, who appeared
to be a step slow against a team that
is motivated to prove it will not take
a step back without a Hall of Fame
The Pistons say they can still be
relentless on defense, one of Brown's
trademarks, with a better offense
with Saunders on the sideline.
They showed a glimpse of that
combination when Rasheed Wallace
blocked two shots on one possession,
leading to Tayshaun Prince's alley-
oop dunk on a pass from Hamilton
in the first quarter.
Iverson looked and sounded frus-
trated midway through the third
He screamed at Andre Iguodala
for not passing him the ball, then
shouted, "Hey!" to his other team-
mates as Prince beat the Sixers back
down the court for an easy dunk and
a 65-50 lead midway through the
third quarter.
Prince finished with 16 points,
Chauncey Billups had 12 points
and 10 assists and five other Pistons
scored at least six.
Philadelphia reserve John Salmons
scored 13.

21 record, the worst in Keady's 25-year tenure. And
this season has managed to get off to an even rockier
For starters, forward Carl Landry, a second-team
All-Big Ten player last year, missed the final three
games of the season with a torn ACL and has yet to
return to form.
Painter has also already had to deal with three of
his players running afoul of the law. The most notable
of these incidents was that of Tarrance Crump, who
was arrested after allegedly striking a pedestrian and
leaving the scene of a hit-and-run, all while driving
drunk. Monday, Painter suspended Crump, a junior
college transfer expected to start at point guard, for
the remainder of the season.
With all this trouble, Painter has set just one goal

this season - to return the Boilermakers to their
basketball roots.
"I think one thing Purdue is known for is their
blue-collar approach and how hard they work'
Painter said. "You know when you watched a Purdue
team play that they were going to play hard. We have
to get back to that. The past couple of years, I donut
think that that's been a typical Purdue team."
And, if he needs any reminder of what type of play
that requires, his "Yoda" will still be around to show
him the force. Keady plans to keep an office on the
Purdue campus.
"He's a great guy, and if it wasn't for him, L
wouldn't be in this position," Painter said. "He's
helped me with everything, and obviously he had tb
give his blessing. He'll be there when I need him."

McGuire wins award
again, joins icon
The Big Ten Conference announced the
winners of the postseason cross country
awards yesterday.
The conference coaches named Michi-
gan women's cross country coach Mike
McGuire the Big Ten Coach of the Year
for the fourth straight year after he guided
his team to a fourth consecutive confer-
ence title over the weekend. This marks the
seventh time that McGuire has won this
award. He won three straight from 1992-
94. McGuire's total ranks second all-time

behind legendary former Wisconsin coach
Peter Tegen, who won nine during his ten-
ure in Madison.
Two Michigan athletes were also nomi-
nated for conference's Sportsmanship
Award, which goes to the student-athlete
that demonstrates sportsmanship, ethical
behavior and good citizenship.
The nominee from the women's squad
was sophomore Alyson Kohlmeier, who
placed second in the Big Ten Champion-
ships and won the Big Ten Runner of the
Week award three times.
Senior Rondell Ruff won the award for
the men's team. Ruff placed 30th at the Big
Ten Championships and was the fourth
Wolverine to cross the finish line.
- Ian Robinson

The Michigan Athletic Department is holding a meeting today to continue its dialogue
with Michigan Hockey student season ticket holders. This latest hour-long, informal
talk will build on last year's gatherings between the Athletic Department and student
hockey fans. Mike Stevenson, Michigan's executive associate athletic director, will
speak, among others. Here's a quick rundown of what you need to know:
*What: Informal meeting between Athletic Department personnel and Michigan hockey student
season ticket holders
*When: This evening, from 5 to 6 p.m.
*Where: The U Club Room in the Michigan Union
*Who: All Michigan hockey student season ticket holders are invited, free of charge
*Why: According to an e-mail from the Michigan Ticket Office, "a proposed agenda includes a
recap of last season's initiatives, general game-day behavior, and future student initiatives."
Note: The Athletic Department will be giving away free promotional items to all
those who attend the meeting.




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