Tracking the Boilermakers
Aug. 15, 2014

Purdue Athletics Talking Points

With the 2014-15 academic and athletics year on the horizon, the following are some talking points about the Purdue Athletics Department ...

* Purdue Athletics is a self-supporting auxiliary enterprise that receives no university or state funding and writes a check to the university for scholarships (currently more than $10 million annually). The department also has committed $12 million to the Krach Leadership Center (formerly Center for Student Excellence and Leadership).

* The department's vision is "A championship-caliber athletics organization that is excellent in all respects and is a consistent member of the 25/85 Club." The term 25/85 Club reflects an average finish in the top 25 across all sports and a Graduation Success Rate of 85 percent. Precious few institutions achieve this lofty status. In 2013-14, in the Director's Cup rankings, Purdue was 48th out of 335 schools (86th percentile) to go with a Graduate Success Rate of 82 percent.

* The department's mission is Developing Champions / Scholars / Citizens.

* This past year, Purdue won the Governor's Cup - our all-sports competition with Indiana - for the first time since 2006-07.

* Student-athletes maintained better than a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average for the 11th consecutive semester during the spring of 2014 - achieving a record 3.04 - and they now have performed equal to or better than the student body for 34 consecutive semesters - or 17 years.

Under Morgan Burke ...

* Two teams have won NCAA championships - women's basketball in 1999 and women's golf in 2010
* Seven student-athletes have captured a combined 12 individual national crowns - most recently, Casey Mathews in 3-meter diving in 2013
* The football team has played in 12 bowl games over the last 17 seasons
* The volleyball team is one of just five in the country to advance to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 or further each of the last four years and is one of just six to make seven or more Sweet 16 appearances in the last nine seasons
* Teams have won 20 regular-season Big Ten team championships and 13 tournament titles - most recently women's basketball and women's golf in 2013
* Nearly a quarter of a billion dollars have been invested in facility construction and renovation projects benefiting every program

By Tom Schott

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Tomorrow, the football team will host Kids Day at Ross-Ade Stadium. The Boilermakers, under second-year head coach Darrell Hazell, 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.

Kids Day is a free event. The concession stand adjacent to Section 117 will be open and selling hot dogs, nachos, salty snacks, candy, bottled water and fountain drinks. The Athletics Ticket Office will be open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for fans to purchase season and single-game tickets and for kids to join the Boilermaker Kids Club.

Volleyball Scrimmage Tomorrow, Too

Also tomorrow, the volleyball team will have an intrasquad scrimmage beginning at 2 p.m. on Belin Court in Holloway Gymnasium.

Twelfth-year head coach Dave Shondell and his Boilermakers are ranked No. 8 in the AVCA preseason coaches poll. It marks the highest preseason ranking in school history, ahead of the No. 9 listing in 2012. Purdue has been ranked as high as seventh in program lore, on Nov. 14, 1983 and on Aug. 27, 2012.

This year's squad is made up of nine returning players and seven newcomers, which were collectively named as the No. 3 recruiting class in the nation. Seniors KiKi Jones and Val Nichol are among 15 players selected to the 2014 preseason All-Big Ten volleyball team.

On Aug. 23, the Boilermakers will host an alumnae match at 6 p.m. on Belin Court. The season opener is Aug. 29 against USF in the Mortar Board Premier.

Soccer Set to Start

Women's soccer plays an exhibition game at 5 p.m. today at Illinois State, then opens the regular season by playing host to the Boilermaker Challenge Cup on Aug. 22 and 24. Purdue welcomes Butler, Miami (Ohio) and Ohio to the Boilermaker Soccer Complex for the event.

Seniors Alex Hairston and Mollie Kuramoto and sophomore Maddy Williams are among 42 Big Ten Players to Watch in the newly expanded 14-team league. The trio has combined for 31 career goals and makes up half of the Boilermakers' six returning starters - joining juniors Melissa Casella and Kim Love and sophomore Mikayla Lasky.

President Daniels on CNBC `Squawk Box'

During an appearance on CNBC "Squawk Box" on Wednesday, Purdue president Mitch Daniels touted "his mission to try to rein in college costs" since taking the job in January of 2013. He also addressed the issue of paying student-athletes, noting that there is "an enormous value provided to student- athletes, the value of a scholarship and all the things that go with it - well up into six figures already." Furthermore, he pointed out that Purdue student-athletes perform better academically than the student body and that "our athletic department pays for itself. We don't ask other students to subsidize it."

Read and watch Daniels' comments here.


Two new assistant coaches have come on board, Michal Kokta with men's tennis and Zach Tanelli with wrestling ... Second-year head softball coach Kim Schuette has announced her team's fall schedule of games ... The highly successful Crossroads Classic - the annual men's basketball double-header featuring Purdue, Butler, Indiana and Notre Dame - will continue through 2019. This year's event - Purdue vs. Notre Dame and Butler vs. Indiana - is set for Dec. 20 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis ... Former Purdue diver Steven LoBue won the bronze medal at the inaugural FINA High Diving World Cup, which concluded Aug. 10. Diving from 27 meters, LoBue (2004-07) finished with a five-dive total of 571.70. Fellow Purdue alumnus David Colturi (2008-10) finished sixth with a score of 525.40.