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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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  • Expectations already sky high for Purdue basketball next year
    Friday, April 9, 2021 4:00 AM
    Wait until next year was the rallying cry of the Brooklyn Dodgers for decades until they finally beat the New York Yankees in the 1955 World Series.
    Next year can’t come soon enough for Purdue men’s basketball and the other 66 NCAA tournament teams that failed to accomplish what Baylor did Monday night, win the national championship.
    Expectations will be much higher for the Boilermakers, who were among the nation’s youngest basketball teams in 2020-21.
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  • In Year 21 A.K (after Knight), IU still living in past
    Friday, April 2, 2021 4:00 AM
    Here's a list of coaches Indiana could have hired who would have impressed the college basketball world, and worried Purdue fans.
    Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics. Chris Beard of Texas Tech. Shaka Smart, before he left Texas for Marquette. Scott Drew of Baylor. Thad Matta, retired Ohio State coach. John Beilien, former Michigan coach, Porter Moser of Loyola Chicago, Eric Musselman of Arkansas, Mark Few of top-ranked Gonzaga. Nate Oats of Alabama. Chris Holtman of Ohio State.
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  • Big Ten offers big, flat thud in this year’s NCAA tournament
    Saturday, March 27, 2021 4:00 AM
    That thud you heard a few days ago was the Big Ten Conference’s basketball reputation crashing like the stock market in 1929.
    It’s not been a good first year in office for Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren from a public relations point of view. Unlike the football fiasco, this isn’t Warren’s fault but in these times, hey, someone has to be blamed when things don’t go right.
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  • Drew Brees, March Madness and coaching carousel . . .
    Friday, March 19, 2021 4:00 AM
    The first time I heard of Drew Brees, other than as a name on Joe Tiller’s first recruiting class at Purdue, was in August 1997.
    Tom Kubat, an Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame member and long-time Journal & Courier Purdue football writer, came back from a practice talking about this freshman named Brees and how accurate his passes were. Kubat was not a sports writer who handed out praise often so that stuck with me.
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  • Sports in numbers: Retired, past, current and future
    Friday, March 12, 2021 4:00 AM
    Iowa’s announcement earlier this week that it would retire the No. 55 jersey of all-time leading scorer Luka Garza brought applause and then criticism to athletic director Gary Barta.
    The criticism originated with Devyn Marble, the son of the late Roy Marble whose record Garza broke this season. Iowa has retired 10 men’s basketball numbers, but to his family’s dismay, Roy Marble’s is not one of them.
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  • Wandering through sports, including MoCo hoop history
    Friday, March 5, 2021 4:00 AM
    The Big Ten men’s basketball season ends Sunday, so it seems a good time to look back at the media’s unofficial preseason conference rankings.
    Coordinated by Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch and Brendan Quinn from The Athletic, two media members who cover each Big Ten program were asked to submit a projected order of finish, an all-conference first team, a preseason player of the year and a preseason freshman of the year.
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  • Numbers, especially in recruiting, don’t tell whole story
    Friday, February 26, 2021 4:00 AM
    Many years ago, Purdue football coach Jim Colletto ranted about the lunacy of recruiting rankings and how these experts frequently were wrong. 
    The trigger for Colletto’s remarks was the underrating and, in at least one instance, disparaging remarks about the prize recruit of the Boilermaker class. That recruit was Parade All-American Mike Alstott, who four years later would leave Purdue as the school’s career rushing leader.
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  • Forget icy weather, things are heating up at Purdue
    Saturday, February 20, 2021 9:31 AM
    Considering this week’s heavy snow and generally poor February weather (thanks Punxsutawney Phil), here’re two reasons to have a sunnier outlook today.
    Spring training for Major League Baseball is under way, with the first exhibition game scheduled for Feb. 28.
    Second, Purdue spring football practice began Friday.
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  • Purdue, Matt Painter climbing victory list
    Friday, February 12, 2021 4:00 AM
    Purdue’s 75-70 victory against Northwestern on Sunday was not only Matt Painter’s 350th with the Boilermakers but the program’s 1,850th since first playing basketball in 1896.
    Only 10 other college basketball programs have reached 1,850 victories, and coincidentally, those 10 programs are not ranked in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll. Purdue remains No. 24 for the second consecutive week.
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  • Purdue freshmen class has chance to do pretty well
    Friday, February 5, 2021 4:00 AM
    After Brandon Newman won his second Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor on Monday, the fifth overall for Purdue this season, people on social media began speculating whether this class is coach Matt Painter’s best.
    While that verdict will come in about four years from now, today’s answer would be no. It wouldn’t even be second from this point of view.
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  • Jaden Ivey to select Big Ten Freshman of the Week
    Friday, January 29, 2021 4:00 AM
    While I will not go as far as predicting a potential Final Four team in 2022 like Gregg Doyel of The Indianapolis Star, the five-man Purdue basketball freshman class does appear to be the foundation for a deep NCAA run by 2023.
    Doyel’s enthusiastic forecast was sparked in part by Jaden Ivey’s selection as Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday. That was expected after his game-winning effort against Ohio State. 
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