The Fabled History of True-Freshman Starters at Purdue

On Tuesday night, barring the unexpected, Westfield’s Braden Smith – and maybe Fletcher Loyer – will join a rare Purdue basketball fraternity. Since freshman eligibility became a permanent rule in 1973, Smith would become the 21st true freshman to start his first game as a Boilermaker. All but five of these freshmen have played with…

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Kenny Talks Indiana High School, College Football

Over the next two weeks, 316 schools will begin pursuit of state football championships in Indiana’s six high school classes. In The Times coverage area, Noblesville, No. 9 Westfield, No. 7 Carmel, No. 11 Fishers and top-ranked Hamilton Southeastern get a week off before opening Class 6A sectional play on Oct. 28. Noblesville (3-6) will…

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Kenny Takes a Midseason Look at the Big Ten

At the halfway point of the 2022 Big Ten Conference football season, it’s no surprise that Ohio State looks nearly invincible again and that Purdue is in contention to win its first West Division championship. It was expected by all but some in the national media that Nebraska would struggle and that former hometown hero…

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From Walkon To NFL? Could Happen Twice In Row

How often has a college football team had former walkons drafted by the NFL in back-to-back seasons? The all-knowing Google didn’t have an answer for that question but it’s looking more and more likely that Purdue can make that unusual claim in the next few months. In his NFL Draft Watch column, The Athletic’s Dane…

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Kenny Looks Forward to Boilermaker Basketball

With just a third of the college football season completed, the official start of the 2022-23 basketball season took place Tuesday inside Purdue’s Mackey Arena and Indiana’s Assembly Hall. The 125th college basketball season in West Lafayette is loaded with question marks, just like their 13 Big Ten Conference rivals. Thanks to a mass exodus…

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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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