Dec. 7, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue head coach Danny Hope stresses the "student" in student-athlete.
Under Hope, the team cumulative grade-point average has risen from 2.64 in the fall of 2007 to 2.85 in the spring of 2011. The goal is 3.0.
This season, a school-record 20 football players will be named Academic All-Big Ten. The previous high was 16 last year.
On Tuesday, senior linebacker Joe Holland was recognized in New York as one of 16 football players nation-wide to be recognized by the National Football Foundation for a postgraduate scholarship. He was a first team All-American a year ago and is in the running again this season. So, too, is junior tight end Crosby Wright.
Hope believes that to be champions on the field, his players need to be consistently earning A's and B's in the classroom.
The Boilermakers are back in postseason play and will take on Western Michigan in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at beautiful Ford Field in Detroit on Tuesday, Dec. 27. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. ET.
Tickets for the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl are priced at $45 and $60 and can be ordered through the Purdue Athletic Ticket Office anytime on-line here or by phone (494-3194 or 800-49-SPORT) or in-person during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
The John Purdue Club, Purdue Alumni Association and Purdue University have partnered to create an Official Purdue Bowl Tour. For more information, click here or call the Bowl Tour hotline at 888-471-3032.