Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 3/10/12

Purdue coach Matt Painter is from the same Gene Keady coaching tree as just fired, former Illini Bruce Weber; they’re contemporaries, peers and friends.

They both spend a lot of time screaming at their players to “MOVE” and “MOTION” in the motion offense system that they run. (It’s been a struggle offensively for both teams at times this season).

Following his Boilermakers bad 88-71 loss to Ohio State in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament, Painter was asked what he thought about Weber being canned today: (his response was the polar opposite in emotion and length of the response from MSU coach Tom Izzo)

“It’s obviously very hard for me.  He’s a great coach and he’s a better person.  I think it’s Illinois’s loss, to be honest with you.

“But the good ones, you know, he’s going to bounce back and he’s going to get a good opportunity.  There’s no doubt about that.  But it’s hard because if it wasn’t for him and if it wasn’t for Coach Keady, I wouldn’t be here.  And I’ve learned a lot of basketball and I’ve learned a lot about life and how to treat people from Coach Weber.  You’re not going to find a better guy,” Painter said.

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