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Old Gold Free Press Update For 12-17-2002

1 day to Belmont Game at Mackey, 14 days to Sun Bowl vs Washington in El Paso!!!

Date: 12/17/2002
Author: TexasBoiler

    Good morning Boiler Fans! Keady's Kids nearly pulled off the upset of #6 IU in front of 32,000 fans at the RCA Dome. Willie Deane put on an offensive show, but as is often the case when he gets little help from his teammates, Da Boilers end up losing. The stats will show that we got pounded on the boards which I think reflects a lack of health from Kartelo and Kiefer - Booker got tired and Buscher only had 1 rebound all game. Despite the fact that IU had 65% of the fans pulling for them, those who did show up to support Purdue really got into the game and I'm sure our team noticed. However, I will be firing off an email to a few folks in the Athletic Department expressing the following concern - why are so many top tier JPC folks giving/selling their prime seat tickets to IU fans?
    I was fortunate enough to have a top tier JPC member sell me his seats, but to my horror it did not take me long to notice that right behind me were 4 Loosier fans and as I looked around there were several sprinkled throughout The Purdue Section. It really annoys me that The Loosier fans think they have the right to tell me how to express myself in The Purdue Section. If I want to heckle Bracey Wright or Tom Coverdale from my seats in the prime Purdue Section, then that should be my prerogative without any commentary from the aforementioned Loosier fans. If they want to have seats in the groupthink Peegneck section, where nothing even slightly derogatory is said about their Loosier heroes, then why don't they get tickets in that section?

    To all the diehard Purdue fans who made it to The Dome and really supported our team - I salute you. To those Purdue fans who choose to give/sell their seats to their IU buddies, I say shame on you. It's bad enough that we have a 1:3 ratio in the Indy area to begin with. Having you compound the problem by letting the Red Army freaks sit in prime JPC member seats is like rubbing salt in the wound in my opinion. Please find some Purdue fans to use the tickets next time.

    The rematch will take place on Saturday January 25th at Mackey Arena and I'm already making plans to be back for what I hope is the culmination of a horrific 5 game losing streak to The Loosiers. As if Bracey Wright has not said enough to fuel the fire of The Mackey Mob previously, here's the latest from THE MOUTH...

    More bulletin board material from the mouth

    Posted by: KSpencer on December 15, 2002 at 22:34:40 - IP
    Bracey Wright, when asked about how Kentucky compares to Purdue, he replied Kentucky is "more athletic", they have "more weapons", and will be "much tougher". When asked about his lack of scoring in the first half, he blamed it on close defense, but said he learned through the game the Purdue players couldn't play him one-on-one. Uh huh.
    Oh, when asked about his ability to provide easy bulletin board material for Purdue players, he said "I really didn't think they'd won a game all year."


    Next game for Purdue is Belmont at Mackey arena tomorrow night.

    The news on the football recruiting front is very good as 4-star TE Garret Bushong has committed to Purdue and will enroll this January to get acquainted with our offense and conditioning program ASAP. It sounds likey young Garret is hell bent on becoming our opening day starter at TE next season. The momentum from Bushong could carry over this Thursday when his good buddy from Michigan, 4-star DE, Doug Van Dyke (aka DVD by Boiler fans holding vigils on the message boards) will announce his decision for Purdue or Michigan. There are some indications that he may leaning our way (Spack visiting him in home on Thursday) but as we have learned so many times let's not get too excited until it is officially announced. By many accounts, DVD will be the highest rated recruit in this year's class and it would be HUGE to beat Michigan head to head for a kid they want from their backyard!

    In addition, 4-star RB Jerome Jackson from STU's HS in Saginaw, MI is down to us and Michigan also. Michigan has changed their tune from saying they want him at safety to okay we will let you try out for RB. UM has also already received a verbal from Anton Campbell (Rival's # 6 All-Purpose RB) and still have offers out there to Lynell Hamilton (Rival's # 8 RB) and LenDale White (Rival's # 10 RB). Look for Jackson to wait to see what Hamilton and White do and let's hope they choose UM as Jackson could very well be ours as a result.

    On the downside (as I feared)...3-star Florida QB, Patrick Carter has chosen Georgia Tech and his teammate 3-star Julian Riley seems to have Purdue lower on his list. 3-star OL Chris Norwell from OH is allegedly leaning towards ILL even though ILL already has 4 solid OL committments. 4-stare DE, Ray Edwards from OH visited Tennessee this last weekend and there is a rumor that he may have committed but I can't find validation anywhere. 3-star Safety/LB, Corey McKeon has crossed off Wisconsin and may be leaning towards ILL, but Purdue is still high on his list.

    Indiana vs Purdue Recap

    Indiana 66 Purdue 63

    Date: 12/15/2002
    Author: Waggs06

    Well, another loss to the Hoosiers is not what we were hoping for tonight, at least the team was competetive unlike the last two years. I thought we would pull it out when we held the lead throughout the 2nd half, but then we just could not stop them in the last 5 minutes of the game and the refs made sure to call a lot of fouls late in the game. I think they should have let the teams play more especially in the last 5 or so minutes. I am happy at the effort. I think Kiefer should have played more as he came in and had some good rebounds including 2 on the offensive side, but was only in the game for 10 minutes mostly in the 1st half. Teague played 16 minutes and Buckley only 6, I also thought we should have tried going with him more since Kilgore was having a bad shooting night and at least Buckley could have provided more rebounding. Let's hope we can finish the non-conference at 9-2 and then get ready for the Big 10 season. I think we will beat the Hoosiers at Mackey and I will do my part to make it happen from the 2nd row of the Gene Pool. Ah, it's great to be right by the visiting team's bench. We played well tonight, but two Keady Ball stats show why we lost and scored only a 73. Rebounding and FG%, just plain horrible. Hope we can get the rebounding fixed at least. Maybe it was just an off shooting night.

    Sortable Game Statistics (Excel format)

    +/- Player Stats (Excel format)

    Attendance: 32,055

    Keady Ball Total Points: 73

    1. Opponent shooting percentage 37.5% - 16 points
    2. Opponent points 66 - 15 points
    3. Rebounds 35-49 (-14) - 2 points
    4. Shooting percentage 32.2% - 6 points
    5. Free throws attempted 25 - 15 points
    6. Turnovers 11 - 16 points

    Floorburn point (FLO)
    Stopper point (STP)
    Gymrat point (GYM)

    Link to Keady Ball points system: Keady Ball


    Newton, IU hang on to edge Purdue

    By Jeff Washburn, Journal and Courier

    "INDIANAPOLIS -- This rivalry has life. Lots of it after Saturday night's Duel in the Dome.

    Seventh-ranked Indiana and feisty Purdue stood toe-to-toe in vintage fashion with 32,055 hysterical native Hoosiers packed into the RCA Dome.

    With the outcome hanging in the balance, IU's big-game experience and superior size produced a 66-63 victory.

    Hoosier power forward Jeff Newton scored each of his team-high 16 points during the second half, when the 2002 NCAA runners-up rallied for their eighth victory without a loss."

    for the full story click on the link above


    Boilers beaten on the boards

    Indiana outrebounds Purdue 49-35, including a 16-10 advantage on the offensive glass.

    By Michael Pointer

    December 15, 2002

    "Anyone leaving the RCA Dome could tell the Purdue basketball team has improved since last season.

    But the Boilermakers were the ones that left with the 66-63 loss to No. 7 Indiana. Any suggestion of improvement was little solace as they prepared for the bus ride back to West Lafayette.

    "It's just tough," said Willie Deane, who scored a game-high 21 points. "We just have to learn how to win. That's little things like taking a charge, which no one did in this game, including myself, and keeping their guys off the offensive glass.

    "It's the little things that hurt us that add up to big things in the end."

    for the full story click on the link above


    C. Jemal Horton

    Boilers put some magic back in rivalry

    December 15, 2002

    "For one near-glorious night, the magic of Steve Reid was back.

    So was the enchantment of Melvin McCants and the guile of Stephen Scheffler.

    Purdue awakened the ghosts of Boilermakers past Saturday night at the RCA Dome.

    It really did.

    After four consecutive double-digit losses to Indiana, the Boilermakers made this rivalry competitive again.

    for the full story click on the link above


    Thrillers salvage rivalry

    By Tom Kubat, Journal and Courier

    "INDIANAPOLIS -- Are you kidding me? What a night of college basketball.

    And nowhere else but in the Hoosier state.

    It's too bad ESPN didn't have the smarts to pick up the Duel in Dome for national television, so the whole country could see what the Purdue-Indiana rivalry is all about.

    I'll be honest. I went to Indianapolis with the intent of writing a column criticizing the Big Ten Conference for not protecting the Hoosier-Boilermaker shootouts."

    for the full story click on the link above


    Atmosphere in dome is charged

    There's little to compare to playing before 32,000 fans, players all agree.

    By Michael Pointer

    December 15, 2002

    "Purdue coach Gene Keady, who has expressed a desire to play in Indianapolis as little as possible, still was impressed by the surroundings at the RCA Dome during Indiana's 66-63 victory over the Boilermakers Saturday night.

    "It was a great atmosphere, a great evening of basketball for the fans, and a great night for basketball in Indiana," Keady said. "I don't think you could ask for anything more. I don't know what you could say that's negative about it."

    The crowd of 32,055 was the third-largest Purdue has ever played before. The two largest came when it played NCAA tournament games at the RCA Dome in 1990."

    for the full story click on the link above


    Punishing practices taking toll on Purdue men

    By Jeff Washburn, Journal and Courier

    "A broken jaw. A broken thumb. A broken hand. A dislocated elbow. Sounds like an NFL team's weekly injury report, doesn't it?

    These bumps and bruises, however, are among those suffered by the Purdue men's basketball team, which is getting physical during extremely competitive practice sessions.

    As the Boilermakers prepare for Wednesday's game against Belmont in Mackey Arena, athletic trainer Larry Leverenz may be his team's most valuable player."

    for the full story, click on the link above


    Nashville school has Hoosier connection

    By Jeff Washburn, Journal and Courier

    "Of Purdue's non-conference opponents, Wednesday night's foe -- Belmont -- is the most obscure.

    The Bruins are based in Nashville, Tenn., and play in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Their roster includes Indiana natives Steve Drabyn (LaPorte), Nick Otis (LaPorte) and Adam Mark (Bremen).

    Belmont's enrollment is 3,129. The university was founded in 1951.

    "They are very well coached," Gene Keady said Monday. "They run a lot of good stuff, and they have three Indiana players who will want to come in here and probably be like Butler was last year. They will play with a lot of pride and will do a good job.

    for the full story click on the link above


    Taking a look at the Belmont Bruins...

    Posted by: boilrfan on December 16, 2002 at 16:40:37 - IP

    They are 3-3 after losing @ ND, @ Air Force, and @ UGA. They have beaten Brown (in OT), Navy, and Loyola.

    Their starting 5....

    Adam Mark(6'8'' forward) - Averages 30 minutes a game and shoots 57% from the field and 42% from beyond the arc and gets 18 points a game. He also averages 8 rebounds a game.

    Adam Sonn (6'8'' center)- Averages 30 minutes a game as well. Shoots 38% from the field for 14 points and gets 11 rebounds a game. He gets 3 assists a game as well.

    Steve Drabyn (6' guard)- Gets 34 minutes a game and scores 11.2 points a game on 41% shooting from the arc and field.

    Jese Snyder (6'3'' guard)- Gets 26 minutes a game and shoots 27% from the field and 32% from the arc for 7 points a game.

    Will Howard-Downs (6'4'' guard) - Gets 25 minutes a game and averages 38% from the field and 20% from the arc for 4.5 points a game. Has 6 assists and 12 turnovers on the year.

    Others with significant minutes....

    Brian Collins (6'4'' guard frosh) gets 16 minutes a game shoots 56% from the field and 60% from the arc for 6 points a game.

    Nick Otis (6'4'' guard) gets 15 minutes a game and shoots 35% from the field and arc for 5 points a game.

    Jason Sonn (6'6'' forward) gets 15 minutes a game and shoots 44% from the field. Decent stealer, but also fouls a lot and lots of turnovers.

    As a team they shoot 44% from the field and 35% from the arc. They have a good amount of turnovers and also averages 3 more rebounds than their opponent. Their opponents are shooting 45% from the field and 40% from the arc.

    So once again, we're going to see a team that dominates in the inside. Their 2 leading scorers are 6'8'' and they also grabe pretty much all their rebounds. The rest of their team gets 2 or less a game. So it'll be a good rebounding test. I hope to see Buscher get back on track. They really only go 8 deep so if we really struggle with them for some reason, we should at least be able to wear them out. I think this will/could be a good game for the big guys to get back into their rebounding focus and such.


    Recruiting Update: Purdue staff scouts KMOX


    Date: 12/16/2002
    Author: Bob_Richards

    Staff in St. Louis
    Was it junior Shaun Lvingston? Or junior Xavier Price? Or 6'10 junior C.J. Giles? Or was it any of the outstanding juniors on West Aurora (IL) -- Shaun Pruitt, Justin Cerasoli or Jaeh Thomas? Or Hazelwood Central's Kaylen Grimes, possible the nation's tougest inside player?

    Or maybe they just came to see Bruce Weber recruit Randal Falker.

    Whatever the reason, the Purdue staff spent the day last Thursday in St. Louis scouting the KMOX Shootout, an 18-team feast of top teams and top talent.

    Shaun Livingston showed why he is ranked as the nation's top point guard prospect. He led Peoria Central with 26 points on 11-of-17 shooting in an overtime victory against DeSmet. Justin Cerasoli also had an outstanding showing, hitting for 27 points in an overtime loss to nationally No. 2 ranked Seattle Rainier Beach (WA).

    Indianapolis Pike was invited to participate in the tournament, but declined.

    Liddell sits himself in win

    Adam Liddell had 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in a 66-51 win over Goshen.

    Adam came out of the game in the third quarter with three fouls and a comfortable lead, then asked to stay out so teammates could get more time. That led to Zach Christlieb having a career-high 20 points and six boards.

    Coach Cliff Hawkins said to the Evening Star, "We before me is one of our four trademarks."

    Dekalb's first two scores of the game were from Liddell dunks.

    On Tuesday, Dekalb won the 500th game in the history of their program with a 69-46 victory over Leo. Liddell had another well-balanced evening with 13 points, eight boards, six assists and six blocks.


    Ije Nwankwo led Country Day (1-0) with 21 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in their season opener.

    James Hardy scored 27 points in a come-from-behind victory over No. 3 Fort Wayne Harding. Elmhurst knocked off their second top five team in two days to move to 4-1 on the season. On Friday, Elmhurst defeated No. 4 Brebeuf 60-59. Hardy had 15 points in the Friday game.

    Junior A.J. Ratliff contributed six points in a come-from-behind victory over Hamilton Southeastern (4-2)to keep North Central (4-0) unbeaten.

    Richmond dropped to 1-5 on the seaosn with a 79-69 loss to Indianapolis Arlington. Sophomore Dominic James had 18 points in the loss.

    Carmel (1-3) is also off to a slow start, dropping a Saturday game against unbeaten Cathedral 67-49. Junior Craig Swoope and sophomore Josh McRoberts had 16 and 10 respectively.

    Robert Vaden led all scorers with 15 points as Pike moved to 3-0 with an 85-30 win over Broad Ripple. On Firday, Vaden has 12 points and six rebounds in an 82-49 win over Bloomington South.

    Seymour evened the season at 3-3 with a 65-49 win over Whiteland. Junior Jon Pierce led all scorers with 19 points


    Recruiting Update: Circle City Classic Showcase set


    Date: 12/16/2002
    Author: Bob_Richards

    Circle City Classic features host of targets
    Indiana No. 1 Pike and Indiana No. 2 North Central will be part of a four-team field on January 3rd, as the Indiana Black Expo hosts the Circle City Classic Showcase. The game will be held at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Tickets for the doubleheader are $10.

    In the 6:30pm opener, North Central will face three-time Missouri state champion St. Louis Vashon. The Boilers are scouting North Central guard A.J. Ratliff, and Vashon point guard Dwayne Polk. The game will likely not showcase the talents of Polk, as he is being slowly brought back onto the floor after suffering a broken kneecap in September. He is not expected to be at full strength until February, but has played very limited minutes in games this season.

    In game two, Pike will face Kentucky defending state champion Lexington Catholic. The two teams started the season ranked in the top 10 nationally by USA Today. Pike holds the eighth spot, while Lexington Catholic comes in at No. 10. Catholic will test Pike's strengths, as Catholic runs a variety of defenses including full-court pressure, and tries to wear out opponents using a deep bench and liberal substitutions. As of this past Saturday, Lexington Catholic is currently on a 24-game winning streak.


    Recruiting update: Purdue lands top tight end


    Date: 12/16/2002
    Author: Bob_Richards

    Garrett Bushong announces for Purdue
    Nationally rated tight end Garrett Bushong from Ionia Mich., has made his public announcement that he has chosen to become a Boilermaker. Bushong originally verballed to Michigan State, but became lost in the shuffle after head coach Bobby Williams was fired.

    Bushong, at 6'5 and 225 pounds, is rated as the nation's 13th-best tight end prospect by scout Tom Lemming. Yet Bushong also possesses the speed to possibly play defensive end. He has a 30' vertical leap and has run a 4.75 40-yard time.

    Bushong committed to the Boilers following a home visit with Joe Tiller and Brock Spack over a week ago, but waited to announce. He plans to graduate early and enroll at Purdue in time to join spring practice.

    2003: Zach Maurides, OL/DL

    Purdue has made the final list of Glenbrook South (IL) two-way lineman Zach Maurides. He's 6'6 and 265 pounds. On defense, Zach had 54 tackles this year.

    Maurides finished third this summer at the ProSport Greatest Athlete Competition, which was won by Buffalo Grove quarterback-defensive back Tom Zbikowski. The workout ran eight NFL-combine style events. Maurides won the forward medicine ball throw and the car push. His weight has been reported as high as 275, and reported as low as 260.


    Top 10 tight end will be a Boiler

    Williams' dismissal at MSU changed Bushong's mind

    By Tom Kubat, Journal and Courier

    "Title this story "Purdue-Michigan State Recruiting Saga No. 2."

    Three years ago when Stuart Schweigert was being recruited out of Saginaw, Mich., he was seriously considering signing with the Spartans. But then MSU coach Nick Saban left for Louisiana State and Schweigert ended up signing with the Boilermakers.

    Fast forward to 2002.

    Garret Bushong of Ionia, Mich., committed to play his college football at Michigan State last year as a junior. But with the season-ending firing of MSU coach Bobby Williams, Bushong has had a change of heart."

    for the full story click on the link above


    Novelty of bowling still strong for fans

    Ticket office reports 2,000 tickets sold for Dec. 31 game

    By Emily Baldauf, Journal and Courier

    Despite some initial concerns shared by travel and university officials, a significant group of Purdue fans will travel to El Paso, Texas, to cheer on the Boilers as they take on the Washington Huskies in the Sun Bowl.

    Since this will be the sixth consecutive bowl trip for the Boilermakers and the second year in a row they'll be playing in the West Texas border town, university and travel officials were not expecting many fans to make the trip. But more than 2,000 tickets for the game have already been sold through the Purdue Athletic Ticket Office.

    And officials expect to see even more Purdue fans, since tickets purchased online or through a third party have not been accounted for yet. Purdue officials are surprised, yet pleased, with the number of fans who will cheer on the Boilers at the Dec. 31 game.

    Tickets are available by phone or in person through the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletic Ticket Office. Tickets can be ordered by calling 494-3194 or (800) 497-7678; or by calling the Purdue bowl hotline at 496-6300. Online ordering is available at or Prices range from $12-$55. For more information, call (915) 533-4416 or (800) 915-2695."

    for the full story click on the link above


    Mruczkowski's starting streak may not be over

    Tiller might put center in for one play at Sun Bowl

    By Tom Kubat, Journal and Courier

    "As the Purdue football team went through the first of three consecutive weekend practices Friday afternoon, senior center Gene Mruczkowski was in street clothes on the sidelines.

    Mruczkowski suffered a serious knee injury in the regular season finale against Indiana on Nov. 23 and it appears highly unlikely that he'll play against Washington in the Sun Bowl on New Year's Eve.

    "I told somebody the other day, plain and simple, it sucks to go out this way," said Mruczkowski, who has started every game of his four-year career."

    for the full story click on the link above


    Orton insists he's staying

    He plans to return to Purdue next season even if Kirsch starts at QB in Sun Bowl.

    By Michael Pointer

    December 15, 2002

    "WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue quarterback Kyle Orton is a stoic sort. His coaches often refer to his quiet intensity.

    But if you want to see him roll his eyes and a scowl form across his face, bring up the rumor of his transferring.

    "That comes from people who aren't close to me," Orton said. "They're making assumptions."

    For the record, Orton said he has no plans to leave Purdue. Even if Brandon Kirsch starts the Sun Bowl ahead of him, he plans to return for spring practice and again battle for the starting job."

    for the full story click on the link above


    Kelly Butler Update

    December 17, 2002


    Lineman faces trial

    "A bench trial has been scheduled for Feb. 11 in Tippecanoe County Superior Court for Purdue tackle Kelly Butler, who is facing misdemeanor charges of battery and being a minor in a bar.

    The charges stem from an incident at the Sigma Nu fraternity house on the Purdue campus on Oct. 27 in which quarterback Brandon Kirsch broke a bone in his throwing hard. Kirsch was not charged in the incident.

    Purdue coach Joe Tiller said he will wait until a court ruling before deciding on possible punishment for Butler, who is expected to play in the Sun Bowl against Washington on Dec. 31."

    for the full story click on the link above


    Computer spits out Purdue bowl victory

    By Ken Thompson, Journal and Courier

    "As someone who is 0-for-5 years playing football against family members on a PlayStation, it's difficult to take the results of a computer game seriously.

    After all, how many big games have Brett Favre and John Elway lost? Far fewer than my Sony versions of these Hall of Famers.

    That's why an computer simulation of Purdue's Sun Bowl game against Washington should just be taken for entertainment value only.

    Even though Purdue owns the Big Ten's top-ranked defense, not even the most optimistic Boilermaker fan believes they will hold record-setting Washington quarterback Cody Pickett to 61 yards on 7 of 27 passing in a 34-24 victory."

    for the full story click on the link above


    Michael Pointer: Purdue Q&A

    Indianapolis Star sports reporter Michael Pointer answers your questions about the Boilers.


    December 16, 2002

    Question: What has happened to Austin Parkinson's playing time? (Jeff from Portage, Mich.)

    Answer: Parkinson is caught in a numbers game. He's a great passer, but it's hard to argue he should be playing in front of Kenneth Lowe, Willie Deane or Brandon McKnight. He just doesn't have their quickness, and when he's on the floor, teams almost insult Purdue defensively. They sometimes leave Parkinson wide open to shoot because he doesn't have a great shot. Personally, I feel bad for Austin because he's such an articulate kid. He's fun to talk to. I expect him to get some playing time. But there may be nights like the Indiana game where he doesn't play at all.

    Lots of good stuff in this column, click on the link for the latest stuff


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