Jim Nantz has a mind blowing Super Bowl 50 factoid

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Hello friends.

Jim Nantz, who will call the big game Sunday, offered this MVP race insight:

“As the game gets broken down a million different ways, and every possible conceivable story angle has been written before the kickoff, I want to be the first to say that if Star Lotulelei ends up the MVP, then the Super Bowl will have officially come full circle in 50 years. From (Super Bowl I MVP) Bart Starr to Star Lotulelei.”

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Purdue basketball’s mysteriously estranged all time scorer returns

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The all-time leading scorer in Purdue basketball history, Rick Mount, is a mysterious enigma. No one really knows why, specifically, he estranged himself from the program for so long. Perhaps we’ll get some answers tonight as Mount returns home; finally. Mount will be at Mackey when the #14 Boilers host Iowa in their Big Ten home opener.

It’s Rick Mount bobblehead day for Purdue basketball, as their legend and hero finally makes his homecoming out of the blue.

(UPDATE: Here are photos of Rick Mount coming home to Purdue, via SB Nation)

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Big Ten Power Rankings: Illini 13, Northwestern 6, Purdue 2

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Those “crazy,” “outside the box,” and “bold” preseason Big Ten basketball predictions (Purdue 2nd, Northwestern 7th, Illinois 12th) that I made for RedEye don’t look so nuts right now do they? Our good friends over at Hammer and Rails, SB Nation’s Purdue community, do a Big Ten basketball power rankings, so that I don’t have to.

Well, they do their power rankings for their own reasons that have nothing to do with me, but the point is I don’t have to  one, and their edition is really good.

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#21 Northwestern football game preview vs Purdue Boilermakers

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Fresh off defeating a very good Penn State Nittany Lions team 23-21 in a game that had more plot twists than a James Bond film this Northwestern football team has a lot to play for even though a trip to Indianapolis for the Big Ten title game is now off the table.

Iowa would have to lose two of their last three in order for NU to have a chance at that, so let’s just remember Big Ten West title hopes are on life support. What’s very much alive is the hopes that they can break the Northwestern football school single season wins record.

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2016 NCAA Tournament Bracketology

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The 2016 college basketball tournament tips off this week.  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…]

Illini football vs Purdue Boilermakers game preview

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The idea of “Illini football Head Coach Bill Cubit” being an actual thing beyond December is now on life support. When you hang your hat on offense yet only manage a “whopping” 167 yards of total offense, and get blanked, in the process, your career stock falls like Enron.

If the Purdue Boilermakers win this one, then #Cubitism at Champaign-Urbana ends with game 12 of this season.

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Matt Painter gives great analogy on playing defense (audio)

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Purdue Boilermakers Coach Matt Painter stayed close to 90 minutes at the round table sessions for Big Ten Media Day. That’s 50% more than what is expected and required of Big Ten players and coaches. In other words, Painter went above and beyond the call of duty, and essentially set an unofficial record for media opportunity time.

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Purdue’s Rapheal Davis on B1G DPOY competition with Hammons (Exclusive)

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Purdue Senior Guard Rapheal Davis was handed the captaincy in the middle of his sophomore season; establishing him as the leader of a promising Boilermakers team. With the Johnson brothers gone, Davis assumed even more of a leadership role last year, and a team picked to finish 11th in the Big Ten actually reached the NCAA Tournament.

Along the way Rapheal Davis won the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Award, edging out teammate A.J. Hammons.

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Matt Painter gives his take on who should succeed Bo Ryan

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Wisconsin Badgers Coach Bo Ryan released this statement in early July regarding his coaching future:

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Purdue CB Frankie Williams talks top NFL corners, Purdue QB derby

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Purdue Boilermakers Cornerback Frankie Williams is most likely the team’s best player with the highest NFL Draft stock on defense. In our exclusive discussion from Big Ten Media Day, we talk a whole host of topics including some of the top NFL corners in the league right now. Williams also mentioned his favorite old school corner.

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Purdue QB discussion with Boilermakers C Robert Kugler

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Purdue Boilermakers Center Robert Kugler is most likely the team’s best player with the highest NFL Draft stock on offense. In our exclusive discussion from Big Ten Media Day, we cover a whole host of topics, including how the NFL is underrating the value of a center.

Kugler said his favorite pro center is Maurkice Pouncey; and he had a few interesting tidbits regarding him. Kugler’s dad coached Pouncey in the NFL. There was also some Purdue QB competition, as it is the number one story line this summer.

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Latest updates on the open Purdue Quarterback competition

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Purdue football training camp opened yesterday, and the wide open quarterback derby is the top story. Coach Darrell Hazell has two choices: Austin Appleby (Jr., 144-272, 1,449 yards, 10 TDs, 11 INTs) or David Blough (R-Fr.) Hazell gave very vague and ambiguous statements on the QB situation while on dais at Big Ten Media Day. Nothing can be discerned from what he said there.

But during the breakout sessions, Hazell described how the Purdue QB1 job will be decided.

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