“Unless Alden screws this up, Painter will take the Missouri job.”—Conversation between an acquaintance of Purdue basketball coach Matt Painter and columnist Bernie Miklasz. Mizzou athletic director Mike Alden is in Florida to try to close a deal with Painter.
“I’ve always stated, ‘I’m a Missouri Tiger.’ I’m excited about what’s taking place here.”—That excitement lasted just 10 days. On Tuesday, the University of Missouri announced that, after just five seasons, basketball coach Mike Anderson had accepted a position at the University of Arkansas. According to media reports, Anderson will earn $2.2 million for seven years in Arkansas. Arkansas also will pay the University of Missouri a $550,000 buyout of Anderson’s contract, which had five years left.
“In January, with St. Louis County in the third year of a hiring and pay freeze, Mike Temporiti landed a $70,000 county job. Temporiti, 27, is now the county’s abatement compliance officer. It’s a brand new job, created just for him in the Revenue Department. His salary is the ninth highest of the 237 employees in the department. The job was never posted, and Temporiti did not have to interview for it.”—During a hiring freeze, a Temporiti lands a county job
St. Louis Union Station opened in 1894 and was once the largest and busiest rail terminal in the world. I hate to see something like this happen, especially to such an important piece of our past. If you know anything about the whereabouts of the missing finials, call St. Louis Union Station at 314-421-6655 or the St. Louis police.
“I’m very proud of what we accomplished here. The Scottrade Center is filled for every game. Blues fans love their team. We have some terrific young players in place. We have an outstanding management team to take the franchise forward. But I can no longer be a buyer. For I have to tell the world ‘Folks, it’s for sale.’”—Blues chairman Dave Checketts on his decision to sell the team and Scottrade Center.
“How many of us working stiffs get stuff named after us for doing — some might say — our jobs?”—Missouri legislators want to name the next Mississippi River Bridge the “Jerry F. Costello-William Lacy ‘Bill’ Clay Sr. Veterans Memorial Bridge.” • Back-patting tongue twister is no name for a bridge