Purdue’s football stadium in gingerbread: photo


Here’s the home of the Purdue Boilermakers in gingerbread! Yes college football venue Ross-Ade Stadium in the holiday spirit. Merry Christmas Eve!

click on the image for a larger view. source: Ben McDaniel Twitter
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Purdue Boilermakers to fire coach Danny Hope

This has been talked about for quite some time- no shock with the axe dropping. Here’s a tweet from the Indiana Hoosiers Rivals account:

Jeff Rabjohns ?@JeffRabjohns

Multiple sources tell http://Peegs.com  this is Danny Hope’s final season as Purdue FB coach, regardless of the outcome of today’s game.

Therefore, a bucket for a bowl isn’t enough to save his gig. Winning a rivalry game won’t salvage his well below .500 career.

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#59 Purdue Boilermakers: College Football 77 in 77


Of all the “cock-eyed optimist” cliches in college football, none have more resonance than in “a place called Hope.” Where “hope floats,” in West Lafayette, Indiana. That’s not just because the Purdue Boilermakers coach is named Danny Hope; it’s also because the spirit embodies his always-uplifting demeanor.

And that zeitgeist has been tested too, with all the injuries to QBs, WRs and RBs. When it comes to the skill positions, no college football program has been as snake bit as Purdue, especially with ACLs. It’s even carried over to the college basketball team where the injury bug didn’t just bite, but instead feasted on Robbie Hummel, one of the greatest players in program history.

But getting back to hope, now the football program has experience and depth and a signal caller, because of everyone who’s had to play in spite of injury.

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Purdue’s Kawann Short looks like top 15 pick in 2013 NFL Draft


Just a week until the 2012 NFL Draft, and we’re working hard updating our mock drafts and positional rankings. But we go even further as we look ahead to the 2013 draft. Next April when teams go looking for an interior pass-rushing presence, they’ll find it in Kawann Short from Purdue.

He’ll likely be a top 15-20 pick next year, after Short will likely be a dominant force for the Boilermakers in the Big Ten. He notched 6.5 sacks in 2011 – a really good number for a 310-pound lineman, and should get even more this year. And he could find himself as coveted a pro prospect as former teammate Ryan Kerrigan was last year.

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Weather puts Purdue spring game indoors; closed to public


Due to rainy weather, the Purdue Spring Game has been canceled.

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish 38, Purdue Boilermakers 10: What If……?


If is a simple, two-letter word. It can imply so much, and it is being thrown in my face tonight. All week I felt that a Purdue victory would be a long shot, but that two letter word, if, gave me hope. If we could do this, that, and the other, victory was possible. I did it mostly because I am a Boilermaker. I always believe there is at least a chance something good will happen.

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Redskins Ryan Kerrigan NFL Rookie of Month, Boiler Up, Purdue People

We knew he was going to be dominant at the next level. It was obvious when you saw how he tore up Big Ten offensive lines.

The National Football League announced today Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan as the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for September. He is the first Redskins player to win the award since Chris Horton in September 2008 and the fourth overall to receive the honor (Horton, Fred Smoot in September 2001 and Champ Bailey in October 1999).

It’s getting to be a bigger week for Purdue Boilermakers fans, at least on the NFL level. Curtis Painter should start at QB for the Indianapolis Colts this week.

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Future Big 10 Expansion? Playoff System? Legendary Purdue QB Mark Herrmann’s Thoughts

Former Purdue Boilermakers and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Mark Herrmann was the first to throw for both 8,000 and 9,000 career passing yards. That record has since been broken numerous times, but he’s a perfect example of how the game of college football has evolved. And the perfect person to talk with on where the game is evolving next. I had such a discussion with Herrmann on the day he was enshrined into the college football hall of fame.

“I’m not sure we’re done with Big Ten expansion, there could be a couple more down the line,” he said.

“There was talk of Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse. We would have loved to see Notre Dame come in. That would have solved a lot of issues I think. But I’m not sure that’s going to happen. A number of schools have been bandied about, but it may be a year or two before anything else happens,” Hermann continued.

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College Football 77 in 77: #61 Purdue Boilermakers

It’s hard to say how good or bad the Purdue Boilermakers truly were last year. Can any team survive losing it’s starting quarterback and go-to wide receiver for the season? When they had already lost their main tailback for the year BEFORE the season even started? The Boilers were even playing a fourth string QB (first time in school history) at one point.

So maybe Purdue wasn’t all that talented, but they certainly weren’t near as bad as the cadre of key injuries made them look in 2010.

In 2011, there’s again not much room for error, as they’ve lost one of the best players in the Big Ten, DE Ryan Kerrigan to the first round of the NFL. And the NCAA had no remorse for Keith Smith and his season ending injury, as the 2009 league leader in receiving was denied a sixth year of eligibility.

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Purdue Boilermakers RB Found Dead in Lake over the Weekend


22-year-old Sean Matti (born Sept. 18, 1988) joined the Purdue University college football program in 2007 as a walk-on running back.

Matti, a Shoreview, Minnesota native, was reported missing Sunday around 11:30 p.m. of the holiday weekend. Rescue personnel searched for him all day Monday, the 4th of July. He was last seen swimming at 5 p.m. Sunday. The search resumed at 5 a.m. today, and his body was recovered in Lake Freeman in Monticello, Indiana about 30 yards from shore. The Carroll County coroner confirmed his death this morning.

What a sad and tragic Independence Day weekend it is for the Boilermakers family.

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Illinois-Purdue: Brutally Honest Game Preview


When you hear Illinois vs. Purdue, its sounds like a great Big Ten Tournament title game in Men’s basketball right? Well this Saturday the match on the gridiron, features two teams that will likely end up bowl eligible, so the winner likely gets a leg up in the bowl selection hierarchy come December.

Is Illinois the greatest 4-3 team in history? Maybe! They have faced the toughest schedule in the nation thus far according to the official NCAA schedule strength rankings. Illinois’ opponents have a combined record of 35-9 this season vs. Division I opponents (not counting their game vs. Illinois).

The three losses this season (Missouri, Ohio State and Michigan State) have a combined record of 22-1, with all three ranked in the top-11 of the current BCS standings. Illinois led two of the games at halftime and was on the verge of tying Ohio State late in the game before falling short in the red zone late in the fourth quarter.

By Paul M. Banks

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Notre Dame vs. Purdue: the Brutally Honest Game Preview


Basically, college football is to me what cocaine is to Paris Hilton- I go through withdrawal without it. Therefore, as the season begins (and that long offseason finally ends) I’m covering not one but two games this week. For preview one, Ohio State vs. Marshall go here.

Throughout the season, I’ll be bringing you these informative yet blunt game previews of every contest I cover; with a heavy focus on Northwestern, Illinois, Notre Dame, and the Big Ten in general.

From a national relevance standpoint, Virginia Tech vs. Boise St. is the game of the week, but from a fun-to-watch standpoint, I think Saturday’s shootout in South Bend, Notre Dame versus Purdue, is the winner hands down. Unless you’re really into punting, then the game will likely do nothing for you. This season opening battle between two “Crossroads of America” rivals will feature two dynamic spread-option offenses, minimal breaks between plays, and quite possibly 700+ combined passing yards.

If you have a Labor Day weekend cookout that might preclude from watching this game, skip it!

By Paul M. Banks

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