Dec. 10, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - What a week.
For those Purdue football fans that missed it, here's a recap of the five-day period between Dec. 2 and 6.
Sunday, Dec. 2: The Boilermakers are invited to the Heart of Dallas Bowl for a Jan. 1 date with Oklahoma State. It marks back-to-back bowl trips for the first time since 2006 and 2007 and Purdue's 12th bowl game in the last 16 seasons.
Monday, Dec. 3: The 2012 team - and its 20 seniors - is honored at the 92nd-annual Purdue-Kiwanis Football Banquet. Senior running back Akeem Shavers and center Rick Schmeig were named the team offensive most valuable players, sophomore safety Landon Feichter and senior defensive tackle Kawann Short garnered defensive MVP honors and freshman wide receiver Danny Anthrop and junior linebacker Sean Robinson were voted as the special teams MVP's.
Tuesday, Dec. 4: Former Purdue star halfback Otis Armstrong is inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. Armstrong, who played for head coach Bob DeMoss from 1970 to 1972, is the third Purdue player to be elected in the last seven years, following quarterback Mike Phipps in 2006 and quarterback Mark Herrmann in 2010. Purdue now boasts 14 members (nine players and five coaches) in college football's ultimate shrine.
Wednesday, Dec. 5: Darrell Hazell is introduced as the 35th head football coach in school history at a 7 p.m. press conference. Hazell came to the Boilermakers from Kent State, where he served as head coach for the last two seasons, compiling a 16-9 record. The Golden Flashes have enjoyed arguably their most-successful season ever in 2012. They are 11-2 after winning their first-ever Mid-American Conference East Division Championship and will play in their first bowl game in 40 years. "Only from the alliance of people working with and through each other are great things born, and it's going to take all of us from the Purdue family to win a Big Ten Championship as well as a Rose Bowl Championship. That's what it's all about, and we're going to do it the right way," Hazell said.
Thursday, Dec. 6: Purdue athletics officials, including interim head coach Patrick Higgins travel to Dallas for a bowl game site visit and press conference. "We're excited to be a part of the Heart of Dallas Bowl," Higgins said. "Playing on New Year's Day in the historic Cotton Bowl is something I know our players and coaches are really going to enjoy. This is a team that a lot of people gave up on, but they came together collectively to win their final three games and earn this trip to Dallas. We're going to have a lot of fun."
Meanwhile, the Boilermakers took part in their first three bowl game practices Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Following a three-day layoff to prepare for final exams, the team returns to the practice field this afternoon and is scheduled to work out Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Dec. 17, 18, 20 and 21 before a four-day Christmas break. The players return to campus Dec. 26, and the team heads to Dallas on Dec. 28.
Tickets for the Heart of Dallas Bowl are priced at $75 and can be ordered through the Purdue Athletic Ticket Office anytime on-line or by phone (494-3194 or 800-49-SPORT) or in-person from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.