Matt Painter, on 2014: 'It is my fault we are in this position'

Matt Painter was brutally honest about the state of the Purdue basketball program and the coaching job he did this season in his postgame press conference Sunday afternoon. Fresh off a season-ending loss to Northwestern, which clinched the No. 12 seed in next week’s Big Ten tourney, Painter, on several occasions, said, “It’s my fault.” Watch Painter in this post.

Here’s what Painter had to say:

“First of all, it’s my fault. It’s my job to get guys to play together, it’s my job to get guys to play, it’s my job to get guys to play smart, and we don’t do any of those. And so that is my fault. When you start off, people will always give you a break. But when you’re somewhere for nine years, they shouldn’t. They absolutely shouldn’t, because it is my fault we are in this position.”

“We have to a recruit a more unselfish player, we have to recruit a tougher player. We have some of those guys in our program, some guys who don’t.

“And that’s my fault. This isn’t a school district, I recruited these guys.”

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B1Gfan MI on 3/9/2014 @ 7:29pm EDT Said:

Honesty is the best policy ! Coach Painter will right the ship . Don’t give up on the guy . Recruiting can be a guessing game. It doesn’t take a lot to get it turned around.

Todd Skochdopole on 3/10/2014 @ 8:47pm EDT Said:

Coach Painter may have said it was his fault but he certainly threw his players under the bus. It will be hard to motivate the team after they hear these comments.

Jerry Brown on 3/10/2014 @ 9:09pm EDT Said:

If a CEO for a major company said this it would be “after” his exit interview hen his replacement would have been announced.

Dillen Jones on 3/19/2014 @ 6:18pm EDT Said:

Are we supposed to admire Coach Painter for his admission and recognition of fault, or realize that this admonition is justification for a coaching change?