Sept. 18, 1997

The Big Dog Returns

Former Boilermaker Glenn Robinson made a surprise visit to his alma mater on Tuesday, Sept. 9. Robinson, the college basketball National Player-of-the-Year in 1994, completed his third year with the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks in 1997.

The "Big Dog" led Purdue to a Big Ten Championship in 1994 and an Elite Eight NCAA Tournament finish. He scored 1,706 points in two years and is considered the most talented player to ever wear the Old Gold and Black. He scored a Big Ten record 1,030 points (30.3) in his final season.

Robinson strolled into the Purdue Athletic Public Relations Office Tuesday afternoon looking for his former coaches. Sports Information Director Mark Adams and Associate SID Steve Allen escorted Robinson to the basketball office, to the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility and finally to Lambert Fieldhouse, where the Purdue basketball team was doing conditioning. Robinson visited with Purdue assistants Bruce Weber and Jay Price, along with several current Boilermakers. Coaches Gene Keady and Frank Kendrick were out of town recruiting, but Robinson returned to Mackey Arena the next morning to visit with them before heading back to Chicago.

"It's nice to be back," Robinson told Allen. "I didn't really appreciate what your office (APR Office) did for me while I was there. It's a lot different in the pros. I now realize how good I had it while I was at Purdue."

Robinson also mentioned the possibility of returning to Purdue for a game next season.

"It's difficult to get back during the season," he said. "But I would like to make it back again. It's hard with all the traveling we do."