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Old Gold Free Press Update for 8-20-2002

11 Days to Season Opener vs ILL St at newly renovated Ross-Ade Stadium!!!

Date: 8/20/2002
Author: TexasBoiler
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    Good afternoon BoilerManiacs! It's time to check your pulse if you are not getting anxious for some Boiler Football. Most everyone knows by now that the season/home opener vs ILL St on August 31st will not be televised. In addition, from what I can tell thus far it looks like the days of FREE Internet audio and video from Purduesports.com is over. The folks at Real Networks seem to have exclusive access to all NCAA stuff and they are charging $6.95/mth to receive live and archived Purdue broadcasts. Here is the link with more info: http://purduesports.ocsn.com/multimedia/pur-multimedia.html.

    This was bound to happen as professional sports are doing this. My question though is how come I only have to pay $14.95 one time for an entire Major League Baseball Season for access to ALL the games and on demand video clips? I'm not sold on $6.95/mth yet. For that price, I want LIVE jumbotron feeds to go along with the audio when games are not televised!

    In any event, perhaps one good thing that will come out of the no TV at all and no audio outside of Indiana for no charge is that MORE folks will decide to attend the game in person now. I've heard the "it's only ILL St argument" from a number of folks and I realize it is not the most appealing opponent on the schedule. I also realize it's Labor Day Weekend and many will desire to get away early for the long weekend somewhere else. Moreover, some people have work conflicts (ironic on Labor Day Weekend), family conflicts, long distance travel issues, and those are certainly understandable. Everyone has reasons that they can't make certain games. However, if you are on the fence, let me give you a few reasons to find a way to be in the house for this game:

    1. As mentioned, no TV and no FREE audio outside of Indiana. A long or short drive might be worth it!
    2. This is your first chance in 2002 to tailgate and enjoy a warm, sunny afternoon in God's Country watching LIVE Boiler Football.
    3. It has been almost 7 whole months, perhaps longer for some since an opportunity like this one existed, this may be the best cure for Live Boiler Football Withdrawal.
    4. Think about what it means to the players, the coaches, and maybe a few potential recruits to look around and see a nearly full to capacity stadium.
    5. It does not matter who the opponent is, it is a Purdue Home Game. If we want to climb in to the upper echelon of Big 10 teams in terms of fan support, this must be our motto.

    In today's edition, some more information on Gary McQuay's passing away, with ideas on how we can express our condolences. Jim MacDonald invites you to attend The Downtown Gridiron Lunch Club...and the latest reports from Football Camp and Ivan Kartelo's play overseas.

    Finally, be sure and tune in to CBS this Thursday Night at 9pm EST, 8pm CST as the new starting QB for the San Diego Chargers will be taking on The St. Louis Rams in front of a national TV audience.



    Purdue mourns loss of McQuay
    By Jason Tomcsi
    Sports Editor
    "Visitation for McQuay is Tuesday from noon to 8 p.m. at Serenity Gardens Funeral Home in Gary, Ind.

    The funeral is at 11 p.m. Wednesday at the New Hope Cemetery in Gary, Ind.

    The funeral home number to send flowers is 219-886-9144.

    The McQuays are asking all cards be sent to the Purdue basketball office, which will then forward them to the McQuays.

    The address is:

    Purdue Basketball Office
    c/o Gary McQuay
    Room 31 Mackey Arena
    West Lafayette, IN 47907"
    The McQuay family prefers, in lieu of cards and flowers, contributions to the Gary McQuay Fund at any Fifth Third Bank location in Indiana and select out-of-state bank locations.

    In God's Country, Carrie S. Bottorff, Officer, Banking Center Manager or David Sacerich can be contacted with questions on specifics of contribution.

    Their branch can be found at the following address:

    Park 26 Banking Center
    5 Executive Drive, Suite A, MD 846631
    Lafayette, IN 47905.


    The Downtown Gridiron Club will meet Mondays at the Trails on Burnett Rd in
    West Lafayette after each Purdue game, starting with the Notre Dame game on
    Septamber 9th. There will be eleven lunches total and a season ticket is
    $137.50. Individual tickets are also available at the door for $20 per
    session. Doors open at 11:00 am and the program begins around noon and is
    usually over by 12:45. Everyone is welcome! If you need more information,
    have them call me at my office number: 765-742-4141.

    - Jim MacDonald


    Purdue football team receives 'Blue Ribbon' seal of approval
    By Ken Thompson, Journal and Courier
    "It recently launched a college football edition and it, too, is a must-read. For those who don't want to pay for the yearbook, a sample of Blue Ribbon's previews are available at cnnsi.com's college football page.
    The publication forecasts Purdue to finish sixth in the Big Ten behind Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State and Illinois. Ironically, former Michigan high school rivals Stuart Schweigert of Purdue and Charles Rogers of Michigan State are Blue Ribbon's choices for defensive and offensive players of the year, respectively.
    Like its basketball edition, Blue Ribbon breaks down each team by coaching and positions, followed by a season outlook."
    click on the above link for the full story

    Receivers answer Tiller's challenge
    4 newcomers join bulked-up returnees
    By Steve Warden
    The Journal Gazette
    "Let's put it this way: Had someone snatched the black cap off the head of Joe Tiller after last season's Sun Bowl loss to Washington State, not only could the thief have cooked an egg on that slick dome of his, the thief could've sizzled the bacon to a crisp and nuked the hash browns to go along with it.
    Now when Tiller speaks of his receivers, the mustache still curls, but the demeanor has taken a 180-degree button hook.
    "I'll be quite blunt. I think the addition of Rucks and Chambers had something to do with those guys picking up, because those two guys are very physical players," Tiller said. "And all of a sudden, when we were running our Boiler drills and contact drills, those two guys jumped in line first and those other guys looked at them and said 'I better get with it, too.' To their credit, they responded."
    click on the above link for the full story

    Boilers return from training
    By Jason Tomcsi
    Sports Editor

    "Head football coach Joe Tiller is pleased with his team's performance during this summer's training camp, except for one thing.

    He is seeing too many purple jerseys. Players who have been injured wear purple jerseys during practice.

    "I must admit right now I am starting to get concerned about the nine purple jerseys," said Tiller. "I don't like that many purple shirts coming out of camp, but we don't have any surgery situations, which is good."
    click on the above link for the full story
    Football Practice Report No. 12
    Boilermakers wrap up training camp
    Aug. 18, 2002
    "With fall semester classes at Purdue beginning Monday, the Boilermakers went through their final training camp practice on a sunny, 85-degree afternoon. The focus of the team turned to the Illinois State game which kicks off the season Aug. 31 at Ross-Ade Stadium.
    "Drew Rucks had a good camp and elevated his status. He is a true freshman this fall and we were discussing the possibility of redshirting him three weeks ago. Today, there is no chance we will redshirt him, so that is obviously a pleasant move on his part."
    Sophomore wide receiver Kevin Noel aggravated a stretched Achilles tendon during Saturday afternoon's scrimmage and was held from workouts Sunday. Also, redshirt freshman offensive tackle Brian Wang suffered a injury to his knee cap Saturday and will be sideline indefinitely."
    click on the above link for the full story
    Football Scrimmage Report
    Boilermakers run 165 plays; everybody plays
    Aug. 17, 2002
    "Senior running back Montrell Lowe scored the only touchdown, a 35-yard catch and run from freshman quarterback Brandon Kirsch , while junior kickers Berin Lacevic (30 yards) and Andy Nelson (41 yards) both made field goals.
    Sophomore quarterback Kyle Orton completed 11 of 22 passes for 167 yards with two interceptions. After the scrimmage, Tiller evaluated Orton's entire training camp.
    "Kyle has had his moments where he performed very well and looked advanced, and Kyle has had his moments where he looked like a sophomore who has only three starts under his belt," Tiller said. "

    Hardwick, Gardner pleasant surprises for Tiller
    Coach calls Orton's training camp performance 'average'
    By Tom Kubat, Journal and Courier
    "A lengthy, 165-play controlled scrimmage Saturday afternoon in Ross-Ade Stadium, which was closed to the public and the media, wrapped up the Purdue football team's two-a-day training camp.
    Two players who definitely made a statement were Nick Hardwick and linebacker Gilbert Gardner.
    About halfway through the camp, Hardwick was switched from defensive tackle to the offensive line. Gardner, a former starter who suffered a broken leg last season, figured to be redshirted.
    But Hardwick is now the starting left guard, and Gardner has played so well in practice that he's forced the coaching staff to abandon any thoughts of redshirting him."
    click on the above link for the full story
    Offseason work revitalizes Boilermakers
    Tiller calls effort best in his era
    By Tom Kubat, Journal and Courier
    "If the offseason is any indication, Purdue's football team could be about ready to embark on a special season.
    At Friday's 59th annual Football Kickoff Luncheon, coach Joe Tiller said the 2002 Boilermakers have prepared better than any of his previous five teams at Purdue."They've done a great job till now, so we have no reason to question their sincerity in terms of getting ready to make this the best season they've experienced at Purdue," Tiller said."This football team has prepared better than any football team to date. It only counts, though, if we can transfer that to the performance under game conditions."
    After four consecutive winning seasons under Tiller, last year's Boilermakers slipped to a 6-6 record, but they did manage to extend Purdue's string of bowl games to five in a row."
    click on the above link for the full story
    Kickoff luncheon raises hopes
    By Jason Tomcsi
    Sports Editor


    "I think our team has a renewed determination and dedication because we saw guys work harder, get stronger, put on more weight this summer than any of our other teams have in the past five years."
    "We will have a lot of fun in Ross-Ade this season. We are looking forward to all of us joining us there and obviously creating a sea of gold," said Tiller. "Where we can truly turn Purdue into the high profile university we know we are deserving of being and through our performance and your support we can get this thing done."
    The banquet sponsored by the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, at the Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms, recognized each coach and player. The event was hosted by Pete Quinn, color commentator for the Boilermaker Sports Radio Network and former standout center for the Boilers. It also had former Boilermaker Bart Burrell as the keynote speaker."

    click on the above link for the full story
    Scrimmage may set kicking roles
    Tiller relieved Schweigert's knee injury only a sprain
    By Tom Kubat, Journal and Courier
    "With Purdue's season opener against Illinois State just two weeks away, the Boilermakers will scrimmage twice today.
    There will be a live kicking scrimmage at the practice fields beginning at 8 a.m., followed by a closed afternoon scrimmage in Ross-Ade Stadium.
    "I think the kicking scrimmage is more important to us," said Purdue coach Joe Tiller, who is trying to find replacements for Travis Dorsch, who kicked off, punted and did the field goal kicking last season.
    Junior college transfer Berin Lacevic appears to have won the place-kicking battle against Andy Nelson, a transfer from South Dakota State."
    click on the above link for the full story
    Tiller Awards Three Walkons With Scholarships
    Hardwick, Rowe and Shelbourne rewarded
    Aug. 17, 2002
    "WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Per his custom, Purdue head football coach Joe Tiller has awarded deserving walkons with scholarships.
    This year, Tiller chose junior offensive guard Nick Hardwick , senior running back Jacob Rowe and senior long snapper John Shelbourne .
    "Our philosophy is, if we have the aid available, we will always reward guys we feel are deserving to be put on scholarship," Tiller said. "We first like to reward guys who have been loyal to the program. Jacob and John certainly have done that. Nick, to his credit, has just come out of nowhere during training camp. He was given an opportunity and took advantage of it."
    Gridiron Classic Names Purdue Pair To Watch List
    Lowe, Odom selected
    Aug. 16, 2002
    "ORLANDO - Florida Citrus Sports, host of the Rotary Gridiron Classic, has named two Purdue players to its initial watch list. The Rotary Gridiron Classic, a game that matches the top collegiate players from around the nation against those from Florida, will be played Jan. 25, 2003. Below is a player-by-player look at which Boilermakers made the Rotary Gridiron Classic Watch List.
    Montrell Lowe , a 5-foot-8, 196-pound running back from LaPorte, Texas, was named to the watch list after leading Purdue with 640 yards rushing on 183 attempts in 2001. Lowe currently ranks third on Purdue's career charts with 582 attempts and fifth with 2,479 rushing yards.
    Joe Odom , a 6-foot-2, 243-pound linebacker out of Civic Memorial High School in Bethalto, Ill., was third on the team in 2001 with 78 tackles, including seven tackles for loss and two sacks. Odom was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection in 2000. "
    Dorsch prepares for starting spot
    By Andrew Hershberger
    Assistant Sports Editor

    "Travis Dorsch is one of three guys trying to win one of two starting spots with the Cincinnati Bengals. It's a position the All-America kicker and punter hasn't been in for a while.

    "It's a lot different from being at Purdue," Dorsch said in a phone interview Wednesday. "It's more of a job-like situation. I know that sounds cliché because it is a job."

    The other two guys fighting for a job are incumbent starters - third-year kicker Neil Rackers and second-year punter Nick Harris - but Dorsch has an opportunity to try for both jobs at the same time and he interacts with both men on a professional level."
    click on the above link for the full story


    Big Ten All Stars Win Final Game Of Tour
    Squad completes trip with 4-1 record
    Aug. 18, 2002
    "AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Michigan State's Chris Hill scored 22 points to lead the Big Ten All Stars to a 92-84 victory over the Ricoh Astronauts in Amsterdam, on Saturday night. The victory in the final game of the tour gives the Big Ten a 4-1 record.
    Ricoh took a 70-69 lead with 7:41 remaining on three Sasja Ocokoljic free throws, but the Big Ten answered with a three pointer by Roger Powell, two free throws by Bernard Robinson and nine points by Hill in the final five minutes to post the win.
    Purdue's Ivan Kartelo has five points on 2-of-3 shooting from the field. He pulled down five rebounds and had one steal.
    Over the five games, Kartelo averaged 3.0 points and 4.8 rebounds. He also collected five assists, five blocks and four steals. "

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