No Big Ten team has been recruiting Florida like the Boilermakers. Fourteen of Purdue's 20-player class in 2009 came from the Sunshine State and this past spring, seven more Floridians came aboard in a 24-player class. The strategy appears to be paying dividends. After starting 1-5 last season, the Boilermakers won four of their last six, including a stunning 26-18 victory over Ohio State. Danny Hope's team opens 2010 at Notre Dame, and a victory could rocket Purdue toward a 4-0 start and its first bowl berth since 2007. Thanks to Eric!
As a run up to the start of the season, the Wiz will display one poster each day until our supply is exhausted. Last year, the site displayed 69 posters.
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The Bowl Championship Series is gearing up its lobbying efforts against Washington lawmakers who want to change the way big-time college football goes about selecting its teams for the most lucrative bowls, and now some member schools are getting into the act.
Politico reports that Purdue and Michigan have spent $515,000 and $415,000 respectively, to lobby this year against a bill that aims to cut federal money for colleges that participate in a Division I-A season without a playoff.
The Atlantic Coast Conference has spent $250,000 lobbying on the issue.
One would think that universities, many of which have laid off faculty and cut classes, would have better uses for the money.
Watch Purdue fifth-year senior guard Zach Reckman send a right hand into the ribs of Northern Illinois' Sean Progar after the freshman defensive end recovered a fumble on the final play to secure the Huskies' 28-21 victory.
Not much was expected of the Boilermakers, but Danny Hope's team has played well, coming within a whisker of a 2-0 start. Purdue lost a heartbreaker Saturday at Oregon, the only game among the first five away from Ross-Ade Stadium. Up next is Northern Illinois, followed by Notre Dame and Northwestern. Thanks to Jackie!