Purdue Football

Some pregame stills from the 2017 Foster Farms Bowl between Purdue and Arizona.

All photos by Stan Jastrzebski and copyright WBAA Public Radio.

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This press box is cavernous.

Three hours before game time, there's not much else to see here. It's me, a couple other reporters and volunteers who blundered their way up here like I did and a choir of young people down on the field practicing the national anthem so they can hear how the word "o'er" sounds coming out of the stadium loudspeakers.

Levi's Stadium is one of the newest in the NFL -- only about five years old. There are no obstructed sightlines in the arena itself, though that means the fans in the last row are technically sitting in Oakland, I think.

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This will sound strange, but living in Indiana most of the last 20 years, I'm no stranger to earthquakes.

And yet, as I prepared to cover the Foster Farms Bowl here in Santa Clara, CA, I didn't even think of the possibility of temblors.

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Purdue’s football team has picked its next leader.

Jeff Brohm has been an assistant coach in the Big Ten before, serving as quarterbacks coach at Illinois for three seasons. He was also an assistant coach at his alma mater, Louisville, for five years and has been the head man at Western Kentucky for the last three seasons, including bowl appearances in each one.

The police report that serves as the basis for sexual assault allegations against four Purdue football players shows the interaction started with electronic messages sent by the women making the claims.

Two female Purdue students allege four football players engaged in unwanted sexual activity with them at an off-campus house in October.

But their interaction began with the women sending explicit messages to at least one of the players, including on Snapchat, a social media app where content disappears once it’s been viewed.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated from its original form to include an interview with the lawyer for the accusers.

Purdue University officials and the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s Office do not plan any further sanctions against four football players accused of sexual assault following an off-campus party earlier this semester.

Purdue Vice President for Strategic Communications Julie Rosa declined a taped interview but issued a statement Wednesday saying the players had been suspended from the team and the investigation was ongoing.

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When he was done with his two terms as governor, Mitch Daniels received a number of job offers – some more lucrative than being Purdue’s president.

When he got into his current job, he asked for some of his pay to be “at risk” – that is, for him only to get it if he meets certain benchmarks.

On this edition of WBAA’s Monthly Conversation with Mitch Daniels, though, we drill down on that number.

It had previously been reported that 50-percent of his pay is “at risk." As we learn on this month’s show, it’s actually far less than that which he stands to lose.

Darrell Hazell Out As Purdue Football Coach

Oct 16, 2016
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The speculation is officially over.

After four lackluster years, Purdue Sunday fired head football coach Darrell Hazell.

“Well certainly I’ve been thinking about this at the highest level from day one," Athletics Director Mike Bobinski said at a press conference. "There’s no secret about that. This was a decision year or sort of a pivotal year for our football program. We all knew that going into the year; I knew that when I arrived here.”

Tale of the Tape

The numbers tell most of the story of Hazell's tenure in West Lafayette:

Purdue AD Morgan Burke Plans To Retire Next Year

Feb 11, 2016
Purdue University

Purdue Athletics Director Morgan Burke says he plans to retire in July 2017. Burke made the announcement Thursday during an annual alumni event in Naples, Florida.

A university news release says Burke told university leaders about his retirement timeline more than a year ago.

The search for a new director will be led by Michael Berghoff, Chairman of the Purdue Board of Trustees and former Purdue football player.

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Purdue Athletics Director Morgan Burke insists it wasn’t pressure from boosters that caused the firing of the Purdue football team’s offensive and defensive coordinators following a season-ending loss to Indiana. However, he says he wants their replacements to be better able to explain their plans for the team.

Burke was unequivocal when asked how much the prospect of having to pay $6 million to buy out the remaining three years of Darrell Hazell’s contract led to the head coach being retained.

“Zero. Z-E-R-O,” Burke says.

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