Tracking the Boilermakers
Aug. 18, 2017

Friday / 7 p.m. / Kent State / BTN Plus
Men's Basketball (Team USA)
Saturday / 7 a.m. / WUG Opening Ceremonies / FISU TV
Sunday / 5:30 a.m. / Argentina / FISU TV

By Tom Schott

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 2017-18 Purdue Athletics year gets underway today, as the soccer team plays host to Kent State at 7 p.m. at Folk Field.

The Boilermakers then take on Loyola Marymount at 7 p.m. Monday.

Purdue won its two exhibition games -- 2-0 at Notre Dame and 2-1 vs. Iowa State.

Redshirt senior Maddy Williams and seniors Vanessa Korolas and Andrea Petrina - three of the Boilermakers' team captains - were included on the Big Ten Conference preseason honors list. The trio has started a combined 143 games during their careers as Purdue's most experienced players at forward, defender and midfielder.

Volleyball Scrimmage

Volleyball will conduct an intrasquad Black & Gold Scrimmage at 5 p.m. tomorrow on Belin Court in air-conditioned Holloway Gymnasium, in advance of the season-opening Mortar Board Premier next weekend.

The Boilermakers were picked to finish in sixth place in the preseason Big Ten Conference poll. Senior outside hitter Danielle Cuttino was selected one of the league's top 15 players. She was a unanimous first team All-Big Ten player a year ago.

Football Fan Day

Football Fan Day is tomorrow beginning at 2 p.m. at the Mollenkopf Athletics Center. Fans are invited to join the team for a full slate of activities. Get autographs, posters and other giveaways; take part in various football skills; play on inflatables; enjoy tailgate games; and try on an authentic uniform.

Purdue opens the season Sept. 2 against Louisville at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, and the home opener is Friday, Sept. 8, beginning at 8 p.m. ET under the new lights at Ross-Ade Stadium.

Purdue, Notre Dame Adjust Future Football Series

Purdue and Notre Dame have agreed to adjust the previously announced football series between the two schools, expanding it from four games to six. Beginning in 2021, the Boilermakers and Fighting Irish will alternate home games six times over the course of eight seasons:

Sept. 18, 2021 - at Notre Dame
Sept. 14, 2024 - at Purdue
Sept. 20, 2025 - at Notre Dame
Sept. 26, 2026 - at Purdue
Sept. 4, 2027 - at Notre Dame
Sept. 23, 2028 - at Purdue

With the announcement of the game with the Fighting Irish on Sept. 4, 2027, Purdue's game at Wake Forest has been moved to Sept. 9, 2028.

Purdue also has added two additional home games to its future schedules, Sept. 12, 2020, against Memphis and Sept. 10, 2022, vs. Indiana State.

To see the Boilermakers' future schedules, click here.

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.


A crowd of 700 is expected today for the 74th-annual Purdue Football Luncheon at the Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms. Greater Lafayette Commerce annually celebrates the beginning of the season by hosting this luncheon ... For information on how to watch men's basketball as Team USA at the World University Games in Taipei, click here ... The Big Ten has announced the 2017-18 conference schedules for men's basketball and women's basketball ... Junior Joe Cifelli won the bronze medal on 3-meter at the USA Diving National Championships in Columbus, Ohio, on Aug. 11. He begins competition at the World University Games in Taipei on Aug. 20 ... Volleyball will be televised live on BTN six times this season: Sept. 20 vs. Northwestern, Sept. 23 vs. Ohio State, Sept. 27 vs. Indiana, Oct. 6 at Illinois, Oct. 11 at Minnesota and Oct. 20 vs. Penn State ... Soccer's Sept. 28 home game against Illinois will be televised by BTN ... Senior Evan Kennedy went 3-for-6 with a double, two home runs, five RBI, four walks and four runs scored to help the Lafayette Aviators claim the Prospect League championship with a three-game series win over the Butler BlueSox ... Guests on this week's Purdue Athletics Podcast are seniors Maddy Williams of soccer and Ja'Whaun Bentley of football ... Men's swimming coach Dan Ross is penning journals from the World University Games. You can read his first entry here.


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