Sept. 20, 2013
By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013 will be inducted Sept. 28 following the Homecoming football game against Northern Illinois. Fans may attend the ceremony, set to begin at 7 p.m. in Mackey Arena. Admission is just $5, payable the day of the event beginning at 6 p.m. in the Ackerman Atrium.
Men's Tennis Invitational Under Way at Schwartz
The men's tennis Purdue Fall Invitational got under way this morning at the Schwartz Tennis Center. The Boilermakers are playing host 19 other teams for the three-day event. The field is highlighted by DePaul, Iowa, Louisville and Marquette. The top seed for Purdue is senior Szymon Tatarczyk, who earned the No. 4 overall seed in Flight A. He is scheduled to face Gleb Sklyr of Marquette in the first round at 2 p.m. today.
Adelaja Honored Twice by Big Ten
Redshirt freshman middle blocker Faye Adelaja was named Big Ten Defensive Player and Co-Freshman of the Week for her performance at the USF Invitational last weekend. Adelaja was a force at the net for the Boilermakers, amassing 23 blocks (2.09 per set) in three matches as Purdue limited opponents to a .098 hitting percentage. Against Pittsburgh, the Baton Rouge, La., native became the first Purdue player since Oct. 23, 2010, to post more than 10 blocks in a match, racking up 11 stuffs, including three solo efforts. Adelaja is the first Purdue player to earn Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors since Ariel Turner on Oct. 15, 2012, and the first to be named Freshman of the Week since Annie Drews on Sept. 24, 2012. The 21st-ranked Boilermakers (6-2) play host to the Active Ankle Challenge on Belin Court in Holloway Gymnasium this weekend. They take on Syracuse tonight at 7, Northern Kentucky on Saturday at noon and Florida International on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Football at Wisconsin for Big Ten Opener
The football team (1-2) travels to No. 24 Wisconsin for its Big Ten opener Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised regionally by ABC and to outer markets on ESPN2. The radio broadcast is available on the Purdue Sports Network. It marks the earliest Big Ten lid-lifter for the Boilermakers since 1996, when they played at Michigan State on Aug. 31, and the first time since 2007 that they begin league play before finishing up non-conference action. They play host to Northern Illinois on Sept. 28. Purdue has not allowed an opponent to score in the first quarter in its first three games.
Soccer Begins Big Ten Play Sunday
The soccer team (5-2-1) begins Big Ten play Sunday at 1 p.m. against No. 24 Wisconsin at the Boilermaker Soccer Complex. It marks the fifth time the Boilermakers have opened the conference schedule against the Badgers, including the fourth time in the last seven seasons. Purdue is 2-0-2 in its Big Ten openers vs. Wisconsin. As part of the annual Greater Lafayette Recreational Soccer day at the field, a pregame tailgate is planned for 11 a.m. The Boilermaker Special and Purdue Pete will be making appearances, and the Purdue players will be signing autographs after the game. Last Sunday, in the Boilermakers' 4-3 victory at Miami (Ohio), senior Jordan Pawlik became merely the second player in program history to have a multi-goal effort and overtime game-winner in the same match. Purdue's 26 goals are the most in school history heading into Big Ten play.
Purdue Donates Big Ten Funds to Community Organizations
On Thursday, Purdue announced that it is donating funds received from the Big Ten Conference to four local community groups. The donations stem from sanctions by the conference against Penn State handed down following the investigation of child sexual abuse by former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Revenue Penn State would have earned - totaling nearly $2.3 million - was divided in 12 ways among all Big Ten schools, including Penn State. Each school received $188,344 to donate to local organizations of their choice, provided each organization's mission is focused on protection and advocacy for children. Purdue divided its portion of the revenue to distribute to four local community organizations, with each receiving a $47,086.05 donation. Recipient organizations are Read to Succeed, a volunteer program that allows community members to spend one hour per week in local classrooms helping children learn to read; College Mentors for Kids, an organization that pairs "Little Buddies" in grades 1-6 with college student mentors; PALS, a program that aims to inspire kids to stay active and healthy; and Junior Achievement, an organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
Five Purdue sports' Twitter accounts rank in the top 25 nationally for number of followers, according to research conducted by the University of Tennessee. They are volleyball (8), women's golf (10), men's golf (15), women's basketball (16) and men's basketball (25).
Both cross country teams run at the Indiana Intercollegiates this afternoon in Bloomington. The women's 5k will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by the men's 8k at 5:15 p.m. ... Led by freshman Austin Eoff's fourth-place showing, the men's golf team opened its fall season with a second-place finish at the Weibring Invitational at the Illinois State University Golf Course last weekend. The Boilermakers compete in the Windon Memorial Classic in Lake Forest, Ill., on Saturday and Sunday ... Women's tennis is at the Michigan Invitational this weekend ... As part of a continuing effort to improve customer service, the Purdue Athletics Department earlier this week announced mobile ticket delivery as a service to fans ... Last week's ABC Saturday Night Football telecast - Purdue vs. Notre Dame from Ross-Ade Stadium - helped ABC win the night across all networks among households, viewers and in all key male and adult demographics (18-34, 18-49 and 25-54). The matchup averaged 4,789,000 viewers and a 3.0 rating.