Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Purdue tries to get "Big Ten strong," whatever that means.

There's strong, and then there's "Big Ten" strong. Then there's whatever Purdue is, which is not strong, but weak. Weak enough that the glory days of Purdue football when Drew Brees was quarterback have been all but forgotten.

Luckily for Purdue, first-year head football coach Darrell Hazell is there to try to rectify the situation and to take the Boilermakers back to the top of the Big Ten, which it hasn't done outright since 1929. (Then again maybe that's not a good thing...)

"We've got to continually get Big Ten strong," Hazell told ESPN.com. "This conference is different. There's teams in this conference that are very strong and very physical, and we need to continue to work toward that."
Purdue players started the process during 6 a.m. winter workouts. They've continued it through 11 practices this spring.

The progress report?

"That's one of our main challenges," Hudson said. "We're not ready to label a guy Big Ten strong. That's a different strength now." 

Apparently, this means Purdue is now somewhere between "wet paper bag strong" and "formica strong." Purdue is an engineering school, and sadly not a seminary school. Because it's going to take a miracle for Purdue to win the Big Ten championship next season.

As for "Big Ten strong," it's...well it's close to an oxymoron. Yes Ohio State won the BCS title in 2002, back when dinosaurs walked the Earth, and people still thought Lance Armstrong and Joe Paterno were symbols of integrity and all that was good about America. Maybe Purdue should try to be Louisville strong, as it just beat Michigan in the NCAA basketball Tournament finals.

(via ESPN)