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As sports moves ever into the world of analytics, studies show there's really no such thing as momentum in football.

Still, Purdue learned something about keeping the psychological game moving in their direction against Notre Dame and seemed determined to deploy that knowledge during a 35-13 win over Southern Illinois Saturday.

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Some questions in this week's conversation:

You’re on the record as saying it’s gotten harder in recent years to draw students to games. There are a lot of factors to which one might attribute that – what stands out most in your mind?

You mentioned on our last program that when the Big Ten Network money came rolling in a few years ago, you doubled down on improving facilities. What other amenities are you considering putting into sports facilities?

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A team with more than 70 underclassmen on its roster is bound to make mistakes.

Mistakes born of youth, born of adrenaline, born of inexperience. And it was only a matter of time before those mistakes cost Purdue a game.

On Saturday, the Boilermakers negated a pair of kick runbacks with penalties. Punt returner and defensive back Frankie Williams collided with a defenseless Central Michigan receiver and was kicked out of the game. The offense had two fourth down conversions wiped out -- one by penalty and another by a Raheem Mostert fumble.

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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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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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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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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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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.

Brickyard 400 Renamed For Afghanistan Veteran

Jul 25, 2014
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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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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.