By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Training camps are getting under way for the football, soccer and volleyball teams.
Football reported Sunday, soccer Monday and volleyball does today.
Here are the dates for each team's first home contest of the 2014 season:
Soccer: Aug. 22 vs. Miami (Ohio), 7 p.m. Boilermaker Soccer Complex
Volleyball: Aug. 29 vs. UCF, 10 a.m. Holloway Gymnasium
Football: Aug. 30 vs. Western Michigan, noon, Ross-Ade Stadium
Catch Query & Schultz Live from Football Practice
WNDE (1260 AM), the football team's radio affiliate in Indianapolis, will originate its Query & Schultz Show live from football practice on Monday, Aug. 11. The show begins at 3 p.m. and will run until approximately 6:30 p.m. Among the scheduled guests are Purdue President Mitch Daniels, head coach Darrell Hazell, sophomore quarterback Danny Etling and senior linebacker Joe Gilliam.
Kids Day Set for Aug. 16
The football team will host Kids Day on Saturday, Aug. 16, at Ross-Ade Stadium. The Boilermakers will conduct an open scrimmage beginning at 11:15 a.m. Afterwards, fans of all ages are invited onto the field to take pictures with and get autographs from the players and coaches. A limited number of kid-themed activities will take place on the field, as well. If the new South End Zone Patio is available for use, there may be some games set up to play like corn hole and ladder golf.
The Athletics Ticket Office will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to purchase tickets and for kids to join the Boilermaker Kids Club.
Also on Aug. 16, the volleyball team will have an intrasquad scrimmage beginning at 2 p.m. on Belin Court in Holloway Gymnasium.
Men's Basketball to Face Kansas State, Weber to Open Maui Invitational
Men's basketball will open play in the EA Sports Maui Invitational on Nov. 24 against Kansas State and head coach Bruce Weber. The long-time assistant at Purdue (1981-98) under legendary coach Gene Keady subsequently became head coach at Southern Illinois, where current Purdue head coach Matt Painter was an assistant under Weber from 1998 to 2003. Weber left to take the Illinois vacancy, while Painter took over the Southern Illinois reigns in 2004. Painter and Weber then coached against one other while Weber was at Illinois from 2004 to 2012.
Purdue's second game from the Lahaina Civic Center in Lahaina, Hawai'i, will be against either Arizona or Missouri on Nov. 25. The other side of the bracket has BYU vs. San Diego State and Pittsburgh vs. host Chaminade.
The matchup with Kansas State means the Boilermakers will face two long-time assistant coaches in 2014-15 as Purdue takes on Kevin Stallings of Vanderbilt on Dec. 13 in Nashville. Stallings was an assistant coach at Purdue from 1983 to 88.
Read more about the Maui Invitational, including information about travel packages, here.
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