Keady to return to Purdue
West Lafayette, IN (Sports Network) – Purdue men’s basketball coach Gene
Keady announced Friday night he has turned down an offer from the University
of San Francisco and will return to the Boilermakers for the 2004-05 season,
his 25th at the school.
“We couldn’t be happier that Gene is returning for his silver anniversary
season,” athletics director Morgan Burke said. “Gene’s name is on the court in
Mackey Arena, it is synonymous with Purdue basketball, and we hope that on
Monday he is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.”
Keady, who is in San Antonio for the Final Four, is Purdue’s winningest coach
with a 505-249 record. He is one of 16 finalists for induction into the
Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this year.
Purdue had earlier granted permission for Keady to speak with San Francisco
about its current coaching vacancy.
The 67-year-old Hall of Fame candidate led Purdue to a 17-14 record this
season. However, after a strong start to the season the Boilermakers struggled
down the stretch and failed to make the NCAA Tournament, despite several
impressive early-season wins. Purdue recently lost to Notre Dame in the first
round of the NIT.
Keady has led the Boilermakers to 18 NCAA Tournament appearances, making it as
far as the Elite Eight on two separate occasions, 1994 and 2000.