Darrell Hazell, Purdue Players Big Ten Media Day Audio (1 on 1s)

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Purdue Boilermakers Head Coach Darrell Hazell was the second Head Coach to speak at the podium for Big Ten Media Days this week, and his remarks brimmed with optimism. They were the type of remarks that you would expect a head coach to make on dais, during a media session broadcast live on BTN.

Hazell, as well as the rest of the coaches, don’t really answer the media questions as much as they utilize the platform to get their program’s messages across. It’s the college football equivalent of a political stump speech, with reporter questions loosely serving as a tie-in to the talking points each coach wants to communicate.

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All B1G Teams as Simpsons characters: Michigan Wolverines =Mr. Burns

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Today kicks off B1G Media Days and your Michigan Wolverines are now deemed the league favorite. Actually, some sports books have ascribed UM the National Championship favorite. Ok, that’s a bit presumptive! Yes, we know that the media fawns over Jim Harbaugh more than they fawn over any other individual, but I still don’t know how we really got here on that one.

Of course, I also have no idea how a casino magnate with three wives and a disturbing tendency to publicly lust over his own daughter became the Presidential nominee of the political party dominated by the religious right, as 2016 is truly bizarro world.

How did we get here? The last time the Michigan Wolverines were last nationally relevant in 2006 and their most recent title came in 1997.

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Donald Trump Makes Awkward Gene Keady Reference in Stump Speech

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Speaking in Cleveland today, Donald Trump covered a litany of topics, first and foremost his much discussed and hyper analyzed Republican National Convention Acceptance speech from last night. Trump then shifted gears to his notorious feud with Texas Senator Ted Cruz before discussing his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

The Republican nominee then described why he loves the state of Indiana and this included mentioning a cadre of coaches with elite won-loss records.

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College Football Award Watch Lists: Just Please Stop Already!

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Yesterday kicked off, as the great Elvis Costello sang, “the other side of summer.” That’s because Tuesday July 5th initiated the evil scourge that is College Football Award Watch List Season. These pointless press releases are sent out as breaking “news.”

Not only does the journalist receive the email blasts from the award and college football organization themselves, every single school sends out their own individual email blast themselves. Now you cannot blame the SIDs for this. It’s not their fault and don’t shoot the messenger.

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E’Twaun Moore Might Be Highlight of Bulls Free Agency

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You can count down the hours now until the NBA free agency signing period opens, so an early Happy Canada Day to all! Yes, free agency and Canadian Independence Day always intersect each year, and perhaps the Toronto Raptors will be a more interesting to team to watch this free agency season than the Chicago Bulls.

No offense to combo guard E’Twaun Moore, as you know how much we love the former Purdue Boilermakers star over here at The Sports Bank, but his story might be the most interesting Bulls narrative this silly season. Seriously, you should expect a very quiet FA summer in Chicago this year.

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Jay Bilas Sees A.J. Hammons Going Late First Round/Early Second

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Happy NBA Draft Day! We conclude our series of NBA Draftniks assessing the draft stock of A.J. Hammons with the one and only Jay Bilas. In case you missed it, here’s links to the insight and analysis from Fran Fraschilla and more from Chad Ford who compared him to DeMarcus Cousins. Bilas was on a media call yesterday, and here’s what he had to say about where the former Purdue Boilermakers big man might end up.

Transcript via ESPN Media Zone. 

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A.J. Hammons Draws DeMarcus Cousins comparisons from Chad Ford

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Is former Purdue Boilermakers Center A.J. Hammons the biggest wild card in this year’s NBA Draft? Well, he’s right up there, according to ESPN NBA Draftnik Chad Ford, who answered media questions during today’s NBA Draft media call.

According to Ford, most NBA teams are enticed by A.J. Hammons, but also scared of selecting him too. All the questions that surrounded Hammons during his four years at Purdue, about maturity, attitude and work ethic, have now carried over to the pre-draft and evaluative process. 

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Purdue Football: Preseason Publications Rather Fatalistic

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We’re speeding towards the start of college football talking season/preseason, so you might be asking yourself “what are the expectations for Purdue football in 2016? Well as Meredith said in The Talented Mr. Ripley, “You should always save pain for daylight.” So if you’re a Purdue football fan, hopefully you’re reading this while the sun is still up.

You know those college football preseason preview magazines? They’re filled with brutal words about Purdue’s upcoming season, as both Lindy’s and Athlon picked the Boilermakers to finish dead last in the Big Ten West.

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Purdue Grad, Canada D Lauren Sesselmann Has New Project

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Purdue graduate and Canadian National Team Defender Lauren Sesselmann was “a favorite” of “the internet” last summer during the Women’s World Cup. You probably know what I mean by “the internet,” it’s just people doing some Googling ogling through the image search function.

The page view analytics bare this out- it’s not just guys who spend time online searching photos of women. It’s females too, and in a much higher percentage than you would expect. Hey, when you’re a bikini model, you’re SEO gold, every year, during all news cycles. The 32-year-old Green Bay, Wisconsin native, who also has Canadian citizenship, obviously, was indeed clickbait last summer but will not be again come August when the Rio Olympics start.

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A.J. Hammons a Mid-First Rounder Says Fran Frischilla

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The much discussed, and very often scrutinized, Purdue Boilermakers Center A.J. Hammons will finally be drafted into the NBA in a little over a month. A four year guy, this seems like it’s been a very long time coming as there was chatter the last two seasons about whether or not Hammons would or should make an early entry into the professional ranks.

ESPN College Hoops and International Draft expert Fran Fraschilla discussed the 2016 NBA Draft on a media conference call, and he was asked about a handful of prospects from the state of Indiana.

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Early 2016-17 Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings

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Looking at the very early Big Ten basketball power rankings for next year, MSU is the unquestioned. David Kmiecik, via his top 25 for next season, which you can view here, collaborated with Paul M. Banks on this listing. Dave did the entries for the nationally ranked Big Ten basketball teams, and Banks had to do the teams that aren’t as good. (of course! always!)

Enjoy! We also linked the three early season previews that we already did for three Big Ten basketball teams.

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FINAL 2016 NCAA Tournament Bracketology

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Happy Selection Sunday.  Here is a pre-season NCAA Tournament Bracketology.   You will notice on the Bracket Matrix grades that The Sports Bank’s bracketology has been more accurate than ESPN’s Joe Lunardi five of the past six years. [Read more…]