Aug 16, 2013
By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A sellout crowd of 720 will be on hand today for the 70th-annual Purdue Football Luncheon at the Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms. Greater Lafayette Commerce annually celebrates the beginning of the season by hosting this luncheon, during which first-year head coach Darrell Hazell and his coaching staff will introduce the players and give a few comments about the upcoming campaign.
Full Saturday Slate
The football team will scrimmage Saturday morning at 11:15 in Ross-Ade Stadium, for its final practice of training camp. Soccer plays an exhibition match against Louisville at 1 p.m. at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex. Volleyball will hold its Gold & Black scrimmage at 3 p.m. on Belin Court in Holloway Gymnasium.
Boilers Back In Action
On Sunday night - the eve of the start of the fall semester - Purdue student-athletes, coaches and administrators will gather for Boilers Back in Action. The annual kickoff to the school year will feature awards and honors for teams and individuals, plus a keynote address by Eric Thomas, renowned speaker, educator, author, activist and minister, on "Breaking Out of the Middle."
Boilermaker Tailgate on the Circle
The highly anticipated Boilermaker Tailgate on the Circle is two weeks from today. Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis will be a sea of gold and black as Purdue fans gather for a super-sized pep rally from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, to send off the football team as it heads to Cincinnati for the season opener the following day. The tailgate will include the full game-day cast, including the entire team, first-year head coach Darrell Hazell, cheerleaders, pep band, Purdue Pete, the World's Largest Drum and the Boilermaker Special. Special guests expected to be present are Purdue president Mitch Daniels; athletics director Morgan Burke; and other notable Purdue graduates, including event emcees Angela Buchman and Kevin Gregory, past Miss Indiana MerrieBeth Cox and numerous Boiler football legends. The festive rally will feature an all-star fleet of tailgate vehicles displayed around Monument Circle plus vendor food trucks, a beer garden featuring Sun King Brewing, an autograph area highlighting past football all-stars and logo merchandise for purchase. The Tailgate on the Circle is sponsored and organized by the Boiler Business Exchange of Indianapolis.
Volleyball Ranked No. 16 Preseason
The volleyball team extended its stay in the top 25 to 33 straight polls when the AVCA announced its preseason coaches' poll earlier this week. The Boilermakers are ranked No. 16, keeping them among the best in the nation since the Nov. 29, 2010, poll. Purdue was ranked No. 15 in the final 2012 poll.
One Brick Higher
In conjunction with the popular 212° weekly video series, Purdue Athletics debuted One Brick Higher on Wednesday. Produced by Dearing Group, the inaugural episode takes a behind-the-scenes look at the start of training camp for the football team, introduces the "A Players Manual" and reveals why head coach Darrell Hazell chose "One Brick Higher" as the theme for the 2013 Boilermakers. One Brick Higher will air nine times throughout the season. Purdue Football 212° will continue, as well, focusing on game recaps. Click here to watch the inaugural episode of One Brick Higher.
Join the Touchdown Club
Every time Purdue scores a touchdown this season, you can help fund a scholarship for a football player. Join the Touchdown Club by making a pledge of $1, $3, $7, $10 or more for every touchdown the Boilermakers score (bowl game included). Contributions of $200 or more will qualify you for John Purdue Club membership and benefits. Current JPC members who become part of the Touchdown Club will receive additional points for their contributions. All contributions will directly impact our current football student-athletes through the Leroy Keyes Scholarship Endowment. For more information, please call 765-494-3248 or send an email. With the average cost of in-state athletic grant-in-aid at more than $20,000 annually, your support will make a huge impact on our team. The Boilermakers scored 50 touchdowns last season.
Recent assistant coach appointments: Wally Crancer (baseball), Brandon Brantley (men's basketball) and Matija Zgaga (men's tennis) ... Amanda Dahl has been hired as assistant athletics communications director and will work with men's and women's tennis and wrestling ... Charlie Coon will join the John Purdue Club staff as development assistant ... The volleyball team will make two television appearances in 2013, both from Belin Court in Holloway Gymnasium. BTN will air the Oct. 12 match vs. Northwestern and the Oct. 22 contest vs. Indiana ... The men's basketball game between Purdue and Boston College, part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, on Dec. 4 at Mackey Arena will tipoff at 9 p.m. and be televised by ESPN2 ... Dick Satterfield, a Boilermaker men's basketball player in the mid-1970s and a longtime outstanding amateur golfer, qualified for the USGA Senior Amateur, which will take place Sept. 21 to 26 at Wade Hampton Golf Course in Cashiers, N.C.