'Young Pup' Painter Recognized Among Coaching's Elite

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Purdue head coach Matt Painter was heralded as one of the nation's top coaches aged 40 years or younger on Wednesday in this column by CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman.

Goodman called the 40-and-under category the "Young Pups," and listed Painter No. 2 out of five honorees while noting his NCAA Tournament success.

Painter is 163-69 (.703) in seven years as a head coach, including a 138-64 (.683) mark in six seasons at his alma mater. The Muncie, Ind., native has taken Purdue to five-straight NCAA Tournaments, reaching the Sweet 16 twice, and is one of only four men to ever be named Big Ten Coach of the Year at least three times (also Keady, Knight and Matta).

The Boilermakers are one of just eight teams in the nation that has won at least 25 games in each of the last four seasons.

In August, Painter will head to Shenzen, China, with the U.S. delegation as head coach of Team USA's men's basketball team at the World University Games. He already owns a gold medal as an assistant with Team USA at the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship in New Zealand.

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