Eugene Parker worked in a profession where ruthlessness frequently ruled. But the longtime sports agent – and former Boilermaker – showed that there were other ways to operate, as well, as he touched the lives of many. We remember Parker inside. Also, Drew Brees made a special appearance at Purdue in April at the end of the Boilermakers’ spring practices. We examine his impact on Purdue, plus break down the Boilermakers’ spring. That and much more.
Rick Mount’s return to Mackey Arena in early January was memorable for Purdue fans, and so were his playing days. Relive both inside, plus, find features on senior A.J. Hammons and freshman Dominique McBryde. AD Morgan Burke made big news when he announced his retirement, a breakdown of the timeline for a successor in this issue. And a full analysis of the 2016 football recruiting class, with features on the biggest storylines.
The Boilermakers hit the Big Ten season in stride, off to a start that ties for the best in program history. Freshman Caleb Swanigan has been a reason why. The freshman forward, who has worked hard to turn himself into the player he is today, is featured in our Jan./Feb. issue, along with senior point guard April Wilson, who is pushing the Boilermakers toward Big Ten play after surprising non-conference results. Basketball and football recruiting, football updates and more in this edition.
Our comprehensive basketball preview includes a complete breakdown and analysis of the men’s and women’s basketball teams heading into the 2015-16 season. The basketball section features extensive profiles on A.J. Hammons/Raphael Davis, Caleb Swanigan, Vince Edwards and Torrie Thornton. There are exclusive Q & A’s with coaches Matt Painter and Sharon Versyp, updated recruiting news, predictions and much more.
The Boilermakers are confident headed into the 2015 season, after what they feel was a successful offseason and training camp. We’ll review inside. Plus, we feature senior offensive tackle David Hedelin, who has taken a long trip to get to Purdue, and junior linebacker Jimmy Herman, who has built himself into a potential playmaker. Also, take a look at the preseason depth chart and more. And, we preview the volleyball season, profile new soccer coach Drew Roff and take a look at the latest in facilities.
Anthony Brown and Frankie Williams first met on a track in Tampa. Now, they’re teammates, good friends and two of the best cornerbacks in the Big Ten. In the Gold and Black Illustrated football preview, read about the seniors, their bond, and their desire to get the Boilermaker program back headed in the right direction. Also in this issue, we go in-depth about Purdue, with breakdowns of the offense, defense and special teams, and features on center Robert Kugler and kicker Paul Griggs. We project the depth chart, plus talk to Coach Darrell Hazell about his expectations for Year 3. Also, a look back to former walk-on quarterback Carl Buergler, who is making it big now. And we catch up with now-retired QB Kyle Orton. Those stories and glances at the Big Ten and Purdue’s 2015 opponents inside.