Sanders: Purdue offers “glimmers of hope” in loss to Wisconsin

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By BROCK SANDERS ISL Correspondent WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Saturday’s game between Purdue and Wisconsin reminded me of a good old game of golf.  In fact, the whole season seems to remind me of a round on the links.  Now how, you would say, does a football game correlate even remotely to golf? There are […]

Sanders: Purdue takes several steps back vs. Iowa

Purdue's Frankiw Williams returns an interception for a touchdown against Iowa. Photo by Ben Fahrbach.

By BROCK SANDERS ISL Correspondent Can a team have any more of a turnaround from week to week than the Purdue Boilermakers? Purdue lost to Iowa 24-10 on Saturday, a week after rolling past Southern Illinois 35-13. The score against Iowa could have been a lot worse. With only 156 yards of offense on the […]

Purdue uses balanced effort to beat Southern Illinois

Purdue's Danny Anthrop reaches for the pylon. Photo by Ben Fahrbach.

By BROCK SANDERS ISL Correspondent WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue was absolutely firing on all cylinders Saturday afternoon in a 35-13 victory over Southern Illinois. Boy, Purdue fans have been waiting two long years to hear something like that haven’t they?  The offense took advantage of its opportunities and got out to a quick start […]

Purdue finds silver linings in loss to Notre Dame

Notre Dame huddles on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium. Photo by Brock Sanders.

By BROCK SANDERS ISL Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS – Sometimes, a moral victory just isn’t enough to satisfy a hungry team searching for its third win in two years. Although Purdue had its best game of the season and arguably of the past two seasons, it wasn’t enough to beat eleventh-ranked Notre Dame. The overmatched Boilers took […]

Purdue rolled by Central Michigan; Notre Dame next

Danny Etling had a rough day against Central Michigan. File photo by Ben Fahrbach.

By JIM JOHNSON ISL Correspondent WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.  _ Purdue couldn’t find a groove and couldn’t make a stop. Central Michigan had complete control from the opening minutes and beat the Boilermakers 38-17 on Saturday. “I never felt like we were in rhythm throwing the football,” Purdue coach Darrell Hazell said. “Our drop-back passes have to […]

Purdue shows poise, confidence in win over Western Michigan

Raheem Mostert (8) dives across the goal line. Photo by Ben Fahrbach.

By BROCK SANDERS ISL Correspondent WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – On Saturday, we saw a different Purdue Boilermakers team than the one we saw last year. This version of the Boilermakers demonstrated, poise, confidence and grit in a 43-34 win over Western Michigan. It was Purdue’s highest scoring output since the 2012 season, and was Purdue’s second […]

Notre Dame should lead Indiana college players in NFL Draft

Michigan State will have to slow Notre Dame's Tommy Rees, who has thrown for at least 300 yards in all three games this season.

By PAUL SIEGFRIED ISL Correspondent Several players from Indiana colleges may hear their names called over the three days of the National Football League draft that begins with Thursday’s first round in New York. The draft continues with the second and third rounds on Friday and the final four rounds of the seven-round draft on […]

Calinger: Unions, pay for college athletes in major sports good idea

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By J.W. CALINGER ISL Correspondent Most of the negative opinions I’ve heard, regarding the recent ruling giving Northwestern football players the lawful right to form a union, are based on envy, and I can understand why. With all the publicity and social status college football players have, and with all the scandals involving players who […]

Sanders: Purdue worse off than Butler in transfer carousel

Purdue point guard Ronnie Johnson, shown last season against Notre Dame, has left the program.

By BROCK SANDERS ISL Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana schools have been hit hard by transfers recently. I already wrote about Austin Etherington and Jeremy Hollowell leaving IU, but it was also announced that sophomore guard Ronnie Johnson would transfer from Purdue and freshman center Nolan Berry would leave Butler. I am a little nervous for […]

Sanders: Looking back at a rough year for Indiana college hoops

Purdue center A.J. Hammons dunks. The Boilermakers, like many of the state's teams, disappointed this season. Photo by Cory Seward.

By BROCK SANDERS ISL Correspondent INDIANAPOLIS – “In 49 states it’s just basketball, but this is Indiana.” Unfortunately, this college basketball season, that wasn’t a good thing. There are ten Division I basketball teams in the state. This will be the first year that not one of them makes the NCAA Tournament since 2005. Before […]