Sept. 17, 1997
Chad Austin Diary For Wednesday, Sept. 10
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - In 1996-97, Purdue guard Chad Austin surpassed 1,000 career points. But it also marked another milestone. Chad, along with his brother Woody (a Boilermaker from 1989-92), became only the third brother combination in Big Ten history to score 1,000 career points each. The other two are Jay (1978-81) and Sam Vincent (1982-85) of Michigan State and Indiana's Tom and Dick Van Arsdale (both 1963-65). Woody had 1,076 points, Chad has 1,100 with still another year remaining.
"It never crossed my mind until the media hyped it up," says Woody. "I wasn't familiar with it, but it's a great accomplishment."
Woody doesn't give a lot of advice to his brother, but he does want to make sure he doesn't leave Purdue without a degree in hand. Woody used up his elgibility in 1992, but is returning to school and hopes to graduate in May of 1998.
"I just try to make sure he's doing the right things, as far as priorities are concerned," says Woody. "But he's his own man, he's knows what needs to be done. Chad's doing very well and is getting the job done.
I told Chad Coach Keady was a great coach. He's going to work you hard, so you better be motivated. You will have fun at Purdue, but you will also work hard. Chad's won two Big Ten championships at Purdue so it's worked out well for him. I didn't win any."