By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Raise the curtain.
The 2014-15 Purdue sports year begins in earnest today, as the soccer team plays host to the 14th edition of the Boilermaker Challenge Cup at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex.
After Butler and Ohio meet at 4 p.m., Purdue takes on Miami (Ohio) at 7 p.m. Action resumes Sunday, with Butler vs. Miami (Ohio) at 11 a.m. and Purdue vs. Ohio at 2 p.m. The Boilermakers have a 17-6-3 record in the tournament and have won it six times.
On Saturday evening at 6 o'clock, the volleyball team has an exhibition match against program alumnae on Belin Court in Holloway Gymnasium, in advance of the season-opening Mortar Board Premier next weekend. All-American setters Renata (Dargan) Vonesh (2002-05) and Jaclyn (Hart) Groves (2007-10) will lead the alumnae team.
Football debuts Aug. 30 against Western Michigan. Kickoff is noon at Ross-Ade Stadium. The cross country teams also get under way that day at the Belmont Opener in Nashville, Tenn.
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.
Boiler Bridge Walk Postponed Until 2015
Due to pending construction on the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge, the popular Boiler Bridge Walk will not take place this season, but will return in 2015.
For the last four years, every Friday before home games, members of the Purdue football team have met and greeted their fellow citizens of Lafayette and West Lafayette as they walked across the Myers Bridge.
On Aug. 29, the day before this season's opening game, a spirited team kickoff event will take place from 5:30 to 6 p.m. on the Sally & Bob Weist Plaza between Mackey Arena and Holloway Gymnasium. There will be music and interactive games, and Miracles Rehabilitation will provide a promotional item for the Boilermaker players and coaches to give out to fans in attendance.
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.
Boilermaker Butcher Block
Fans attending football games at Ross-Ade Stadium this fall can purchase Boilermaker Butcher Block products for their tailgates.
Choose from four meets - two flavors of bratwurst, beef burgers and pork burgers - place your order by 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday of game week and conveniently pick up at one of two locations, Gate G on the north side of Ross-Ade or Purdue West shopping center.
For more information, click here.
The Boilermaker Butcher Block is part of the Department of Animal Sciences in the Purdue University College of Agriculture.
A sellout crowd of nearly 740 will be on hand today for the 71st-annual Purdue Football Luncheon at the Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms. Greater Lafayette Commerce annually celebrates the beginning of the season by hosting this luncheon ... Sophomore Danny Etling has been picked as Purdue's starting quarterback ... The men's basketball and women's basketball Big Ten schedules have been announced ... Juniors-to-be Kyle Johnson and Kyle Wood helped their wood bat summer baseball teams win league championship titles in the Coastal Plain and Northwoods League playoffs. The two served as the designated hitters in the two games their teams won in the final round of the playoffs to clinch the crowns. For a complete recap of Boilermakers who played over the summer, click here ... The first Darrell Hazell radio show is from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28, at Buffalo Wild Wings on Brown Street. Call-in questions are taken at 888-246-2678 during the broadcast window. Click here for more information ... Tickets are on sale for the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, to be played Nov. 24 to 26. Click here for details, as well as information about travel packages ... Congratulations to former Purdue quarterback Carl Buergler (1998-2001), who recently was named chief operating officer of Jimmy John's, and to former signal-caller Mark Herrmann (1977-80), hired as director of development for the Purdue Krannert School of Management ...In case you missed it, be sure to watch this video about some of the new concession-stand items to be available at Ross-Ade Stadium this fall.