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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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  • Purdue QB streak in NFL dates back to 1957
    Friday, January 22, 2021 4:00 AM
    In the aftermath of what appears to be the final game of Drew Brees’ NFL career, Indianapolis radio personality Jake Query wrote on Twitter that Purdue has had a quarterback playing professional football since 1956.
    Actually, the streak began in 1957 when Len Dawson made his debut with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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  • Some memorable Boilermaker games and events
    Friday, January 15, 2021 4:00 AM
    By the time you are reading this, the 212th Purdue-Indiana basketball game will have been played. 
    Thursday’s matchup in Assembly Hall will likely not crack anyone’s list of the greatest games in the series. The Big Ten Conference’s two youngest teams have played like it all season. Impressive one night, puzzlingly out of kilter a few days later.
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  • Hosting NCAA game brings back fond memories for Boilers
    Friday, January 8, 2021 4:00 AM
    For those of us who love Indiana high school basketball, Hoosier Hysteria died in 1998 with the introduction of class basketball.
    The closest thing we’ll have to those days is a gift from the NCAA that was opened 10 days after Christmas.
    The sanctioning body of college basketball announced Monday that the entire 2021 men’s basketball championship will take place in the state. 
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  • The Heisman, Drew Brees, Bob Griese and an odd year
    Friday, January 1, 2021 4:00 AM
    It would be so 2020 if somehow Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith beat out Crimson Tide quarterback Mac Jones, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Florida quarterback Kyle Trask when the winner of the Heisman Trophy is announced Tuesday night on ESPN.
    No wide receiver has won the Heisman since Michigan’s Desmond Howard in 1991.
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  • Indiana football in no-win situation at Outback Bowl
    Friday, December 25, 2020 4:00 AM
    In case there was any doubt, in college football it matters what the name is on the front of the jersey.
    Indiana football, ranked seventh in the final Associated Press regular season poll, fell to the Outback Bowl on Jan. 2 against Mississippi (4-5). That’s because Oklahoma, one of college football’s brand names, was assigned to a New Year’s Six Cotton Bowl matchup with Florida.
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  • Summing up the 2020 college football best
    Friday, December 18, 2020 4:00 AM
    Earlier this week, Mississippi State coach Mike Leach summed up the 2020 college football season best.
    “We’ve created one of the most joyless seasons on earth,” Leach said. “Hopefully we never repeat it.”
    Amen.
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  • Former Boilermaker’s coach owes career beginning to Colts
    Friday, December 11, 2020 4:00 AM
    If not for the Indianapolis Colts, Fred Akers would never have become Purdue’s football coach in 1986.
    Akers, whose four-year tenure in West Lafayette was almost forgettable, died Monday at the age of 82. His wife, Diane, told the Austin American-Statesman that Akers died of complications from dementia.
    Akers came to West Lafayette after being fired at Texas just a few weeks earlier after making the mistake of overseeing the program’s first losing season in 30 years.
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  • Living up to Purdue debuts a tall order – Edey might be up to it
    Friday, December 4, 2020 4:00 AM
    The biggest news from the opening week of Purdue men’s basketball was literally its tallest player.
    Unheralded and regarded by many who follow Purdue recruiting as a Plan B after center Hunter Dickenson chose Michigan, 7-4 Zach Edey managed to lead the Boilermakers with 19 points in the season-opening 77-64 victory against Liberty in the Space Coast Challenge at Melbourne, Fla., on Nov. 25.
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  • Pass interference call against Boilers was downright offensive
    Friday, November 27, 2020 4:00 AM
    Unlike Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm, this columnist is not subject to disciplinary action from the Big Ten Conference. So allow me to say what Brohm couldn’t following Friday night’s theft by referee at Minnesota.
    In 50 years of watching college football, the offensive pass interference call that wiped out the go-ahead touchdown and likely cost Purdue a 38-34 victory ranks among the worst. One national website claimed it was “perhaps the worst call in college football history.”
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  • Purdue basketball’s Matt Painter won’t sell Boilers’ soul
    Friday, November 20, 2020 4:00 AM
    This recent comment by Purdue basketball coach Matt Painter about his highly regarded recruiting class of Caleb Furst and Trey Kaufman-Renn almost slipped past me.
    “Hopefully they’ll help us win a Big Ten championship and have success in the NCAA tournament and get to a Final Four,” Painter said. “But also get a great education and not lose our soul in the process.”
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