It boggles my mind that in the year 2016, in the United States, a public health disaster like this is happening.
You're welcome. I get a lot of flak around here for my vehement anti-Purdue views... but there is precedent. Just imagine swapping Purdue for Georgia Tech, for example - we get a footprint in the south, huge Atlanta market (which was the whole rationale of Rutgers and Maryland), a great school with a great engineering program (which is apparently all you need!) and a football team that isn't a laughingstock. Purdue may have made sense in 1896 but today there are better options.
Yes: the Big East "terminated its relationship" with Temple in 2002. Miami, Boston College, and Virginia Tech left for the ACC within two years because they could do better.
I certainly don't think any school would ever voluntarily leave the Big Ten, but the point is: schools and conferences both know when they can do better.
Is Purdue a good school? Have they had great players and great seasons in the past? Absolutely. But this doesn't change the fact that there are lots of schools - great universities with better athletics programs, football or otherwise - that are reevaluating their positions and realizing their clout. 20 years ago, I wouldn't have been on such an anti-Purdue kick like I definitely have been the last few years, but the conference membership landscape is currently so fluid with so many big opportunities, I just think it's naive to keep the weakest school around. I said weakest and I stand by it - you can talk about the basketball team until you're blue in the face but football is the biggest influence and will continue to be for a long time. There may be good things Purdue brings to the table but why keep them around when the Big Ten can afford to cut the weakest member because there are better options available? This argument comes up a lot around here and frankly I've never heard one good reason to keep Purdue. This doesn't mean Purdue is a bad school that's bad at everything, it just means we can do better.
Virginia Tech isn't AAU, but it's a good school, it makes sense geographically, and it has a strong football program. I'd swap a schedule with Purdue or Rutgers for VT any day.
I get the impression that is the most staggeringly mind blowing play Verne has EVER SEEN.
Virginia Tech traveled to the hellscape of West Lafayette this season, but the Boilermakers won't visit the beautiful mountains of Blacksburg until 2023. I'd be fascinated to hear the reasoning behind that too.
As a Hokie fan, I was initially a little disappointed with their hire of Fuente from Memphis but the more I think about it the more I like it. 1, it will be a good offensive/defensive combination with Fuente and Foster; 2, there are a ton of openings and VT got theirs filled quickly with a proven coach; and 3, if Herman and Les Miles are staying put the Hokies got one of the top available candidates.
It's Thanksgiving break everywhere. I just don't take a fan base seriously if they can't show up for a top ten game.
Stanford, ranked #9, has filled their stadium 75% of the way.
Now they're arguing about how scarlet (or red, as they call it) wouldn't be as easy to see among a maize-out, and how our fan showing can be misleading because red coats are common.
Ordinarily I agree that there is too much apologizing and offense taken over a lot of things, but it's just not good for a team member to criticize an individual unit like that. Clearly the consensus is that what he said was accurate, but remember: how did a team that was capable of losing to Virginia Tech last year manage to surge to the National Championship? Talent surely played a role but I believe the team cohesion was the key. Accurate or not, what he said did not strengthen that cohesion.
This is exactly why those of us who were critical of the offense over the season got sick of the "relax, a win is a win" crowd. You could see this infuriatingly avoidable loss coming a mile away, and now there is a real danger of the wheels completely falling off the team.
I'll take my chances
HE REMEMBERS ME!
I think that's a Baylor-like disaster waiting to happen. Duke was awfully quiet about his "team rule violation", and rumor was it was something in the realm of sexual assault. If there's one thing that a college student, athlete or otherwise, can do to ruin their life, that's it.
Side note - why is it not bigger news that Baylor's slimy Art Briles lied about what Washington's Chris Petersen disclosed about a dismissed Huskie transfer? Thank goodness he didn't get a free tattoo instead. I will never forgive or forget the way our university was dragged through the mud over that ridiculous ordeal.
That's still a pretty big mistake that a better coach doesn't make.
$10 pissing contest, no thanks.
That pisses me off. It is IMMEDIATELY noticeable. It's somebody's job to just type these up and they can't find somebody who knows what the teams' logos look like? People can complain about bias but if the freaking committee evaluating you doesn't even know what your logo looks like you have a point. "Honest mistake, just a typo..." no freaking way, not when you're supposedly running this multi-million dollar sports event with huge stakes and implications. You don't get to make a naive mistake like that. Look at this shit too, from CBS: https://imgur.com/p46NSYO. I know, probably a strong reaction... but come on. Amateurs.
I distinctly recall missing this question on my driving exam. It makes sense now though, as a small leeway for legal underage alcohol consumption (church wine, Nyquil, etc.) and Breathalyzer measurement error.
Did you also know that in Ohio the speed limit with passengers in the bed of your pickup truck is 20 mph? Neither did I.
Hokie fans are pushing Blacksburg for Frank Beamer's last home game.
I hit ctrl+f to see if someone had already said it. I'm half laughing, half disappointed you beat me to it.
Good point, good clarification. Then it seems okay to make a joke along the lines of, "Their offense was so terrible to begin with, this won't even make a difference in their yardage on Saturday."