May 5, 1998
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -Purdue's all-time winningest basketball coach, Gene Keady, will be honored for his most recent accomplishment on June 12 with a "Roast" at the Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms.
Keady, who recorded his 372nd victory last December surpassing legendary coach Ward "Piggy" Lambert, will be the guest of honor, along with his wife Pat, for what promises to be an entertaining evening. Former Michigan State Coach Jud Heathcote, one of Keady's closest friends in their profession, will serve as Master of Ceremonies and roasters will include colleagues from throughout Keady's career.
The Keady Roast, which will have a limited seating capacity of 800 people, will be part of a Legends Weekend at Purdue. Also scheduled are a golf tournament on the afternoon of June 12 and a Legends Basketball Game, featuring every former Boilermaker player who wishes to take the floor of Mackey Arena, on the afternoon of June 13.
Here are some of the details you may want to know for Legends Weekend:
Purdue Legends Golf Outing - Friday, June 12 - 11 a.m. - The Elks, West Lafayette Join Purdue's former players for 18 holes of fun, stories and a little golf (play your own ball). The event starts at 11 a.m. with check-in, a box lunch and shotgun start shortly thereafter. Prizes will be awarded to former players and John Purdue Club members. Golf price is $150 per person and must be arranged through the John Purdue Club.
Coach Keady Roast - Friday, June 12 - 6:30 p.m. - Purdue Memorial Union Join Purdue fans and former players for a roast of Head Coach Gene Keady. Roasters include Master of Ceremonies and former Michigan State Coach Jud Heathcote; former Boilermaker players and colleagues; former Boilermaker player and assistant Kevin Stallings; former Big Ten official Jim Bain and more!! Tickets are available through the John Purdue Club for $60 each, including dinner.
Purdue Legends Basketball Game - Saturday, June 13 - 1:30 p.m. Mackey Arena You saw them hold court years ago, now it's time for the Boilermakers of yesteryear to don the Old Gold and Black one more time. All 300+ former Purdue players have been invited to return for the weekend, so you'll be able to watch many of your former favorites.
Seating for the game will be general admission, but a section for John Purdue Club Champions and All-Americans will be designated. After the game, stay for a special autograph reception and meet the former Boilermaker greats and near-greats. Game tickets are available at the Athletic Ticket Office or through the John Purdue Club and are priced at $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12.
To order tickets for the dinner, the game and/or golf outing, please request a form and return as soon as possible to the John Purdue Club Office; 1790 Mackey Arena; West Lafayette, IN 47907. You may also order by phone at 765-494-3248 or fax to 765-496-1842.