4:05 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

Improved Offense Leads Purdue Football To Season-opening Win

Playing a young Western Michigan team, Purdue worked out some of the kinks in an offense that was woeful in 2013.
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Purdue's football team was outgained through the air. It committed more penalties than Western Michigan. And sophomore quarterback Danny Etling looked at times like he was trying to throw the football through a wall, rather than to a receiver.

But a more explosive offense and a key interception that led to a touchdown helped the Boilers prevail Saturday, 43-34.

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2:47 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Off The Field With Morgan Burke: August 29

Purdue's athletic director says he doesn't think any voting that happens on new pay-for-play rules will come down to the "haves" versus the "have-nots".
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Some questions for the inaugural edition of the program:

About the ongoing court battle between the NCAA and athletes who feel they’ve never been fairly compensated for schools using their likenesses: what’s your position generally – do you side with the students or the NCAA?

The latest finding in the case is that schools can pay up to $5,000 per student, per year – so about $20,000 for a four-year athlete. Is that a fair wage?

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6:39 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Previewing The 2014 Purdue Football Season: Things Can Only Get Better

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The Purdue Football team kicks off the season tomorrow against Western Michigan.

The Boilermakers are trying to rebound from a one-and-eleven finish last year.

Tim Newton, who is in his fifth season as the Boilermaker’s radio play-by-play announcer, talks about his expectations for the 2014 Boilermakers.

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6:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

INDOT To Name Road For State's Most Decorated Olympian

The Lafayette native and Purdue grad dominated jumping events for a decade at the start of the 20th Century.
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Ray Ewry won eight gold medals in track and field during the 1900, 1904 and 1908 Olympic Games. For 12 years, he held the world record for most Olympics medals won by any competitor, summer or winter.

INDOT will name a portion of U.S. 52 and 231 between Martin Jischke Drive and Lindberg Road in West Lafayette for Ewry, who was born in Lafayette and received an engineering degree from Purdue.

Ewry dominated the standing long jump, standing triple jump and standing high jump events in the first three Olympics of the 20th century.

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6:00 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Theologian And Coach's Wife Talks 'Touchdowns For Jesus' In New Book

Among other topics, the book touches on how sports interact with religion and what expectations are placed on a coach's wife.
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It’s no secret many sports fans have an almost religious affiliation with their teams. But when does the interaction between faith and big-time sports run into trouble?

That’s the subject of Marcia Mount Shoop’s new book, Touchdowns For Jesus And Other Signs of Apocalypse.

She’s a theologian and the wife of the Purdue football team’s offensive coordinator.

WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski visited a Purdue football practice recently to chat with her about the book.

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6:08 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Brickyard 400 Renamed For Afghanistan Veteran

The name was chosen by a fan vote.
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One of the heroes of a battle in Afghanistan now finds his name attached to Sunday‘s Brickyard 400, the result of a vote by race fans. A native Texan, he‘s a real-life version of the Hollywood star with whom he shares his name.

When he was younger, John Wayne Walding‘s grandparents gave him a copy of the 1968 film "The Green Berets" starring his namesake. He acknowledges the name has been a burden at times but he embraces that.

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9:58 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Indiana Schools With 'Redskins' Nickname Have No Plans To Change

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has told the NFL's Washington Redskins their longstanding nickname is offensive.
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It doesn‘t sound as if schools in Indiana that still use the Redskins nickname are in any hurry to change it.

The use of the term has been criticized by Native American groups and others for many years, and this week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled the trademark used by the Washington Redskins football team, with the office saying it finds the name offensive.

The board cannot ban the team from using the nickname, however, and the team has said it will appeal the decision.   

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2:28 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Dallas Clark Retires As A Colt

The former All-Pro tight end signed a one-day contract to retire with the team that drafted him.
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Longtime Indianapolis Colt tight end Dallas Clark retired from professional football Wednesday after signing a one-day contract with the Colts. That made it possible for him to make his exit as a member of the team that drafted him.

Colts owner Jim Irsay noted that there was no signing bonus this time. Clark gave the credit for his successes to Irsay.

“It starts with Mr. Irsay and your family. You changed my life back in ’03 when you guys took me,” Clark says.

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4:10 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Purdue Extends Women's Basketball Coach Versyp Through 2020

Sharon Versyp was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.
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The woman who’s been the Purdue women’s basketball coach for the last eight seasons now has a contract to remain in that job for another six.

Sharon Versyp has signed a contract extension through the 2019-2020 season. Since becoming coach, Versyp’s teams have won 184 games – that’s just 22 fewer than the program won during the tenure of its all-time winningest coach, Lin Dunn, who now coaches the NBA’s Indiana Fever.

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3:24 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Indy bids for Super Bowl in 2018

Downtown Indianapolis would again become Super Bowl Village in 2018 if the city is successful in its bid for the game.
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Set against the backdrop of the Indianapolis skyline – the Colts, city and state leaders announced they’ve notified the NFL of their intent to submit a bid to host Super Bowl LII.

Allison Melangton president of the Indianapolis Sports Corporation, says the wheels were set in motion Friday for a long process to host the Super Bowl in 2018. She says if Indy makes the short list in October, the Super Bowl Bid Committee will work on a written bid, which is due in April.

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