The Purdue Boilermakers football program is trying to generate some buzz after a dismal 1-11 season. As coach Darrell Hazell enters his second season, the team has no where to go but up. The roster still has a smattering of talented players and a solid incoming class.
Fans are being given the opportunity to have their picture on the new helmets for the 2014 season. If students buy a VIP card by June 10th, they’ll get to put a picture in the “P” of the new helmets.
— Purdue Athletics (@PurdueSports) June 4, 2014
Go here if you want more information. It is an interesting idea, and certainly better than IU’s chrome helmets (or any of the the other 12 helmet designs the Hoosiers have).
The Purdue Athletic office sent out a recent message to all boosters about the possibility of renovating the South End Zone at Ross-Ade Stadium. The attached survey gages fan and alumni interest in supporting the facility upgrades and
Steve Lassen at Athlon Sports gives his Big Ten Predictions for the 2014 season. The new alignments are not favorable to the Boilermakers. He has Purdue at the bottom of the conference with a 3-9 overall record and going 0-8 in the Big Ten. The silver lining is that Purdue will have more wins than last season.
ESPN posted a Big Ten Round Table on Impact Freshman for next season. They single out outside linebacker Glenn Robinson, son of Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson of basketball fame. The three-star recruit has everything you would want in a rush linebacker. There is a chance he’ll redshirt, but he has the ability to make an impact his freshman year (even if its on special teams).
In Big Ten news, the football title game will remain in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium through 2021. Zach Osterman at the Indy Star breaks down the extension. In reality, there isn’t a better option for the Conference championship game. While there are other stadiums in Big Ten country, Detroit’s Ford Field and Chicago’s Soldier Field both come to mind, but none can offer what Lucas Oil does.
Indy’s stadium is generally considered one of the nicest stadium’s in the NFL. It also helps that it is centrally located and easy for fans to walk to. Soldier Field is open to the elements and Ford Field isn’t in great shape anymore. Keeping the championship games centrally located helps with attendance as well.