Aug 30, 2013
By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The football team will depart campus this morning at 11 and head to Cincinnati for the first game of the Darrell Hazell era. Kickoff is Saturday at noon. The game will be played before a sellout-crowd of 35,000 at Nippert Stadium and will be televised by ESPNU. En route to Cincinnati, the travel party will stop in Indianapolis for the highly anticipated Boilermaker Tailgate on the Circle.
Volleyball Opens Against No. 4 USC
The volleyball team, ranked No. 16 nationally and with its sights set on the Final Four, opens the season tonight against No. 4 USC in the Mortar Board Premier on Belin Court in Holloway Gymnasium. The Boilermakers and Trojans will get under way at 7 p.m., following the Alabama A&M-Western Kentucky match at 4 p.m. Western Kentucky is ranked No. 21. Action continues Saturday at 10 a.m. (Purdue vs. Alabama A&M), noon (USC vs. Western Kentucky), 5 p.m. (Purdue vs. Western Kentucky) and 7:30 p.m. (Alabama A&M vs. USC). The Mortar Board Premier tournament began in 1990 and has been played annually since with the exception of 2001, when it was cancelled following the 9/11 tragedy. Purdue has won the tournament nine times, including 2011 and 2012.
Soccer Home and Away
After splitting a pair of home matches to open season - beating Akron and losing to Xavier - the soccer team has a home and away weekend. Tonight at 7, the Boilermakers play host to Northern Illinois at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex, and then they travel to Kansas to play Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. Freshman forward Maddy Williams paces Purdue with six points on two goals and two assists.
Gold, Silver, Bronze for Boilermakers
Three sophomore members of the track and field program earned spots on the podium at the 2013 Pan-American Junior Championships last weekend in Medellin, Columbia. Matthew McClintock won the gold medal in the 10,000 meters, Coy Blair picked up silver in the shot put and Vanessa McLeod earned bronze in the 800 meters.
More Football Replays at Stadiums
The Big Ten announced this week that conference schools now may show an unlimited number of replays on football stadium video boards. The enhanced replay program came about as the result of a broader discussion by the Big Ten Football Gameday Experience Subcommittee, which aims to supplement the in-stadium experience. Previously, institutions were able to show one replay at no less than 75 percent of real-time speed. The enhanced policy gives an institution the discretion to show multiple replays at any speed, similar to what is done for television audiences.
Purdue Launches Upgraded Mobile Applications
Purdue has released an updated mobile application for all Boilermakers fans, with compatible iOS and Android devices. The application can be downloaded on your phone via the App Store or Google Play Store by searching for "Purdue Boilermakers."
Both cross country teams run at the Michigan Open today in Dexter, Mich. Both the men and women will run a 5k. The men's race is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., while the women's race will follow at 10:30 a.m. ... The women's golf team is ranked No. 13 in the Golf World/NGCA Division I preseason coaches' poll. It marks the fourth consecutive season the Boilermakers have earned a spot in the preseason rankings ... The Big Ten announced 2013-14 schedules for men's basketball and women's basketball earlier this week ... Former Purdue running back Kory Sheets, now with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League, earned his second Offensive Player of the Week honor after rushing for 139 yards in a 30-27 win over Edmonton. He leads the CFL with 1,058 rushing yards and is on pace to eclipse the league season record of 2,065 yards, set by Mike Pringle in 1998 ... Two former Boilermaker pitchers - Robert Ramer and Brad Schreiber - have signed professional contracts. Schreiber signed with the Tampa Bay Rays and is currently pitching for the Hudson Valley Renegades of the New York-Penn League (Class A Short Season), while Ramer signed with the Evansville Otters of the independent Frontier League ... Have a nice Labor Day weekend.