Of all the “cock-eyed optimist” cliches in college football
, none have more resonance than in “a place called Hope.” Where “hope floats,” in West Lafayette, Indiana. That’s not just because the Purdue Boilermakers
coach is named Danny Hope; it’s also because the spirit embodies his always-uplifting demeanor.
And that zeitgeist has been tested too, with all the injuries to QBs, WRs and RBs. When it comes to the skill positions, no college football
program has been as snake bit as Purdue
, especially with ACLs. It’s even carried over to the college basketball
team where the injury bug didn’t just bite, but instead feasted on Robbie Hummel
, one of the greatest players in program history.
But getting back to hope, now the football program has experience and depth and a signal caller, because of everyone who’s had to play in spite of injury...
Thursday was Big Ten basketball media day, and with it came a set of special quotes and soundbites. Sure, this day is all about college basketball message control. The Universities and SIDs trying to manipulate the information they want you to have, but it doesn’t mean there aren’t some interesting and articulate statements out there.... Read more »
Last night the Chicago Bulls selected the 2011-12 Luvabulls, their official dance team. And I was on hand at UIC athletic center to see the final cut of NBA dancer hotties, and to meet and greet the new 2011-12 Luvabulls squad. Yes, I really know work is so difficult and grueling for me, isn’t it?... Read more »
Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Tim Abromaitis (Unionville, Conn.) is one of 22 collegian who has accepted an invitation from the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee to attend the 2011 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games training camp. The training camp, which will be held from July 29-Aug. 7 at the U.S. Olympic... Read more »
E’Twaun Moore grew up a Chicago Bulls fan. It’s only natural since the 6-4, 191 pound three (he’ll probably fit better at the two at the next level) is from East Chicago, IN. And there’s a strong chance the hometown team could take the local kid. Moore worked out at the Berto Center (Bulls practice... Read more »
The Purdue Boilermakers will open the college basketball season on Nov. 11 when they host Northern Illinois in the first of two rededication games in conjunction with Mackey Celebration Weekend. The game will mark the official celebration of the three-year, $99.5 million renovation that represents the most comprehensive and significant facility undertaking in the University’s... Read more »
Today we brought in the talented and lovely Brittany Diehl from Fox 59 News in Indianapolis to talk about all things Indiana sports. Including the Bulls vs. Pacers NBA Playoffs series. Here’s your opportunity to hear what the opponents media has to say about Game 3 and beyond. We even, out of season, hit on... Read more »
College Basketball‘s signature event, the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship begins on St. Patrick’s Day with second and third round games in half the sites, and open practice sessions in the other half. The eight teams participating in second-round action in Chicago will hold 40-minute workouts that will be open to the general public. The... Read more »
As mediocre as the Big Ten has looked this season (and a major reason why it looks so mediocre is because expectations were sky-high in October) that big muddled middle mush should make for an exciting conference tournament. There really is very little difference between seeds 4-7. And the league is indicative of college basketball... Read more »
The Purdue Boilermakers came in with high hopes for a Big Ten and possibly a national championship, but their college basketball season took a serious turn for the worse before it even got started when Boilers MVP Robbie Hummel went down for the count on October 15th. Now Boilers coach Matt Painter will no doubt... Read more »