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10:15 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Purdue AD Burke: 'Lightning Strike' Needed To Fix Ross-Ade

Burke says he'll "advocate" for Purdue sports in a more visible way in the coming months.
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Despite another disappointing season for the Purdue football team, athletic department officials say they’ll look to engage more fans by renovating Ross-Ade Stadium.

But the money may be hard to come by. Sagging attendance meant the football team brought in three million fewer dollars than expected this year. Athletics Director Morgan Burke says that makes funding projects more difficult for a self-supporting department.

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Sports
5:34 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Defense Helps Purdue Bounce Back From 2OT Loss

Sophomore guard Ashley Morrissette runs the floor for a layup against Toledo. The Boilermakers neat the Rockets 66-48 Sunday at Mackey Arena.
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The Purdue women’s basketball team bounced back from a double overtime loss to Green Bay on Wednesday with a convincing 66-48 win over Toledo today at Mackey Arena.

The 24th-ranked Boilermakers opened up a 14-point lead in the first half, thanks largely to 10 points from junior guard Hayden Hamby.

Head coach Sharon Versyp says the Boilers’ defense set the tone in the first half.

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Sports
3:43 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Northwestern Edges Closer To Bowl Game With Victory Over Purdue

Northwestern safety Ibraheim Campbell intercepts an Austin Appleby pass in the fourth quarter Saturday.
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Missing some of its top receivers and playing a team fighting for its postseason life, Purdue couldn’t afford many mistakes Saturday. Five turnovers proved way too many to overcome on the way to a 38-14 loss.

Northwestern scored 17 points off Boilermaker turnovers and rushed for 237 yards, including 147 yards and two touchdowns from freshman Justin Jackson.

Purdue’s first possession of the ball came on an interception by Danny Ezechukwu just nine seconds into the game. But when the Purdue offense had the ball, it struggled to advance.

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Sports
3:17 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Off The Field With Morgan Burke: November 21

What does it take for a coach's job to be in jeopardy at Purdue -- and how soon before they're fired do they know they will be? The answers on this week's program.
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On this, a cold wintry day, it’s sometimes helpful to think warm thoughts -- unless the toasty item in question is the proverbial “hot seat” some sports coaches seem to find themselves on following less-than-successful season.

On this edition of WBAA’s Off The Field, we’ll ask Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke if such a thing even exists, or if it’s a media creation designed to spur debate on shows like this one.

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Sports
9:02 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Purdue Men Go To 3-0, But Tougher Schedule Awaits In Maui

A team scoring effort led the Boilermakers to their third straight win Thursday.
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A major factor in several losses for Purdue's football team this year has been the team's deficits -- not on the scoreboard, but in personnel. A Boilermaker math major might make an equation out of it: fewer athletes means fewer wins.

Men's basketball coach Matt Painter has had many more years to find Big Ten-caliber athletes than has Darrell Hazell, and it's beginning to turn those deficits into dividends.

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