Dec. 18, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - When Patrick Higgins was named interim head coach for the Purdue football team just over three weeks ago, it marked his second interim title.
For the final three games of the 2012 regular season, Higgins served as interim offensive coordinator after Gary Nord was sidelined with a severe back injury.
"I'm interim everything," Higgins joked at the Nov. 25 announcement that Danny Hope would not continue as head coach of the Boilermakers. It was Higgins' way of bringing light to what he called a "traumatic" event - seeing your boss lose his job.
The second-year wide receivers coach has made quite a name for himself over the last six weeks - first by helping the Boilermakers win their final three games to become bowl eligible for the second straight season and since by keeping a steady hand on the program as it goes through a change in leadership.
"It has been a very enjoyable experience," said Higgins, who has previous collegiate head coaching experience at William Penn University in 1992. "The kids have been great. The coaches have been great. I'm all in. This is a good time.
"Our coaching staff is committed to these young men. We are going to do everything possible so that their bowl experience is very memorable."
Purdue (6-6) will square off against Oklahoma State (7-5) in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Jan. 1 at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium. The Boilermakers are playing in back-to-back bowl games for the first time since 2006 and 2007 and their 12th bowl game in the last 16 seasons.
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.
In conjunction with the Heart of Dallas Bowl, the Purdue Athletics Department has set up a program where fans can purchase tickets to be donated to local community programs.
In addition, Boilermaker Nation can help defray the cost of sending the Purdue "All-American" Marching Band and/or the Reamer Club to the game.
To take part in either initiative, click here, call 494-3194 or 800-49-SPORT, or visit the Athletic Ticket Office Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Heart of Dallas is a new non-profit organization that hosts sports and entertainment events benefitting Dallas charities.
Proceeds from Heart of Dallas activities will be used to invest in collective impact strategies that make Dallas a better place. Demonstrating Heart of Dallas' commitment to its home city, net profits from the Heart of Dallas Bowl - the organizations' inaugural event - will benefit charities serving the homeless population in Dallas.