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  • Impressions from Big Ten Conference media days
    Friday, July 30, 2021 4:00 AM

    The Big Ten Conference football media days at Lucas Oil Stadium last week had a surreal feel.

    First was the gathering itself, one year after COVID-19 not only forced cancellation of the event but threatened the college football season itself.

    Second was permitting children to ask the coaches questions during the televised press conferences.

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  • Purdue expectations high; cradle includes more than QBs
    Friday, July 23, 2021 4:00 AM

    Many Purdue fans will cringe when they read the following: A national college basketball writer and his site’s gambling partner rates the Boilermakers among three favorites to win the 2022 national championship.

    Memories of Glenn Robinson’s back injury in 1994, Robbie Hummel’s torn ACLs in 2008 and 2009, and Isaac Haas’ broken elbow in 2018 have superstitious fans covering their ears and humming loudly when media have high expectations for the Boilermakers.

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  • As Ross-Ade approaches 500, here are top 10 games
    Friday, July 16, 2021 4:00 AM

    When Purdue football kicks off Sept. 4 against Oregon State, it will begin the 500th game in Ross-Ade Stadium history.

    During the soon-to-be 98 years of Ross-Ade Stadium, generations have seen many changes. The seating capacity was 13,500 when Purdue defeated Indiana 26-7 in the first game on Nov. 22, 1924.

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  • Eyeing the newcomers to Purdue Boilermaker football
    Friday, July 9, 2021 4:00 AM
    Purdue football fans will find out in less than two months whether head coach Jeff Brohm has transformed a defense that needed an overhaul after the disastrous one-year stint under former coordinator Bob Diaco.
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  • Venturing back to ‘Official Foot Ball Rules 1906’
    Friday, July 2, 2021 4:00 AM

    If not for a rule change brought about by on-field deaths, Purdue football would not be known for its “Cradle of Quarterbacks.”

    For roughly 35 years after the first college football game in 1869, the sport’s foundation was brute force and running the football. The book “On the Origins of Sports” by Gary Belsky and Neil Fine noted that despite the many innovations by Walter Camp, the college football authority and Yale coach for many years, football was a dangerous game.

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  • Baseball origin, rules and path forward still in question
    Friday, June 25, 2021 4:00 AM

    No professional sport changed more than Major League Baseball as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The powers that be decided that 2020 was a time to tinker with some longstanding rules, most notably seven-inning doubleheaders instead of nine innings, and the introduction of what some critics call “ghost runners.”

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  • What basketball would look like if played by the “Original 13 Rules”
    Friday, June 18, 2021 4:00 AM
    While basketball may have been invented by Dr. James Naismith in Springfield, Mass., the game was perfected in Indiana.
    Watching a few minutes of an NBA Playoff game the other night, and all the non-travel calls, etc., I wondered what basketball in 2021 would look like if played by Naismith’s “Original 13 Rules” published on Jan. 15, 1892 in the Springfield College school newspaper, The Triangle.
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  • Odds long for Purdue’s Larry Burton in this year’s HOF
    Friday, June 11, 2021 4:00 AM
    With a loaded 2022 ballot, odds are long that Larry Burton will join Purdue’s legacy of College Football Hall of Fame members this year.
    Burton was among 78 players and seven coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision placed on this year’s ballot. The voting also will include 99 players and 33 coaches from the divisional ranks.
    There’s a heavy Indianapolis Colts presence on the 2022 ballot, notably Andrew Luck.
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  • Purdue basketball eyes favorable schedule
    Friday, June 4, 2021 4:00 AM
    At first glance, Purdue basketball’s Big Ten schedule seems favorable for a team that is expected to compete for the conference championship in 2021-22.
    The 20-game schedule includes seven home-and-away series. In addition to the protected Indiana rivalry, the home-and-away opponents are Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern, Rutgers and Wisconsin.
    Illinois and Iowa have been hit hard by departures to the NBA Draft and the transfer of one of the Big Ten’s best 3-point shooters, the Hawkeyes’ C.J. Frederick, to Kentucky.
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  • Kenny drops green flag on all-time favorite 11 rows of racers
    Saturday, May 29, 2021 4:00 AM
    Growing up in Indiana in the 1960s and ‘70s, there were two sporting events that we Hoosiers were born to follow: high school basketball and the Indianapolis 500.
    Fortunately, my dad liked racing and took my brother and me to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway a couple of times. I still recall my dad driving under the track just as a car passed above. I never heard such a loud roar!
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  • College football previews coming out soon
    Friday, May 21, 2021 4:00 AM
    In just a few days, college football fans will be able to purchase online or at newsstands a copy of Athlon Sports’ National College Football Preview.
    As is the case with any publication coming out months ahead of the season, there’s no way Athlon will be completely accurate when it comes to who the key players will be on each team.
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  • NFL Draft news, Miss Basketball and more
    Friday, May 7, 2021 4:00 AM
    If Rondale Moore is fortunate, he will enjoy a career similar to the last six Purdue football players to be selected in the second round of the NFL Draft.
    Mike Alstott. Future Pro Football Hall of Famer Drew Brees. Multiple Super Bowl winner Matt Light. Bernard Pollard. Mike Neal. Kawaan Short.
    Moore’s selection at No. 49 overall by the Arizona Cardinals has its good and bad points. The good news is that Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury is a product of pass-happy Texas Tech and has the quarterback to make Moore look good in Kyler Murray.
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  • Rating all 11 Mr. Basketballs to play at Purdue
    Friday, April 30, 2021 4:00 AM

    Only four times in the history of the Indiana Mr. and Miss Basketball awards have both winners chosen to attend the same college. This year’s winners, Caleb Furst of Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian and Jayla Smith of Lawrence North, are headed to Purdue.

    The Boilermakers have pulled off this double-double three times: Troy Lewis and Sharon Versyp in 1984, and Glenn Robinson and Jennifer Jacoby in 1991. Indiana pulled off the feat in 1987 with Marion co-winners Jay Edwards and Lyndon Jones plus Lori Meinerding.

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  • Mitch Daniels: Leroy Keyes’ death was a loss for all Boilermakers
    Friday, April 23, 2021 4:00 AM
    When I think of the greatest athletes in my lifetime, three names come quickly to mind: Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan and Leroy Keyes.
    Ali promoted himself as “The Greatest” boxer of all time and like someone once said, it’s not boasting if it’s true. 
    Jordan’s competitive nature and his ability to carry two different eras of Chicago Bulls basketball to six NBA championships didn’t require him to brag about his greatness.
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  • Remembering Bobby Leonard and his deep impacts
    Friday, April 16, 2021 4:00 AM
    You could make the argument that without the efforts of Bobby and Nancy Leonard in 1977 to save the Indiana Pacers from extinction, the city of Indianapolis would remain “India-no-place” to those outside the state.
    Without the Pacers remaining in the NBA, the city would not have built the Hoosier Dome hoping to lure an NFL team.
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