The Return of the Pacers, Plus News and Notes with Kenny

My summer book reading list included Mark Montieth’s “Reborn: The Pacers and the return of pro basketball to Indianapolis.” Montieth recalls in great details the early struggles to make the Indiana Pacers the premier team in the American Basketball Association. One of the original Pacers, Ron Bonham, could be a chapter in a book of…

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Little Big Ten History On Firing Football Coaches

The inevitable came three weeks early for Scott Frost, who got a $15 million going away present from Nebraska athletic director Trev Alberts on Sunday. Alberts decided not to wait for a reduced buyout of $7.5 million on Oct. 1 after the 45-42 debacle in Lincoln last Saturday. On a day of upsets in college…

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Taking A Look at Boilermakers in the NFL with Kenny

The Joe Tiller era at Purdue produced 52 players who went on to the NFL for at least one season. With all Tiller alumni except for Colts offensive tackle Dennis Kelly now out of the league, Purdue’s NFL numbers have been declining for years. An indictment, possibly, of the recruiting efforts of Tiller’s successors Danny…

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Kenny Talks the Great Life of Len Dawson

“This is Dawson from Kansas City,” the recognizable baritone voice began his phone message on a fall morning in 1999. I was writing a weekly series of feature stories on former Purdue football stars for the Lafayette Journal & Courier’s Football Saturday publication back then. It was Notre Dame week and who better to talk…

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Curing Coronavirus-Ruined Seasons: Kenny Talks Purdue Players With Extra Eligibility

Matt Painter likes to talk about wanting his Purdue basketball teams to get old and stay old. That’s been easier said than done for his football counterpart. In fact, Jeff Brohm’s 2019 Boilermakers had nine scholarship seniors on the roster. Five of them (future Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Markus Bailey, starting quarterback Elijah Sindelar, defensive tackle…

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