Entering Wednesday night’s game at Illinois, Purdue had lost three of its last four contests. That being the case, Matt Painter and his staff were probably already a little frustrated before things tipped. And that frustration only got worse as Purdue couldn’t hold onto the ball (16 turnovers) and allowed offensive rebound after offensive rebound (22). Eventually, it all boiled over.
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D.J. Richardson scored 18 points and Illinois opened up a big first-half lead that buried Purdue 79-59 on Wednesday night. The win was the third straight for Illinois (18-8, 5-7 Big Ten), which is clawing its way back into the postseason picture. The other wins were resume-builders over No. 1 Indiana and then-No. 18 Minnesota.
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Talking on his radio show last night, Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez said that Big Ten A.D.s have agreed to stop scheduling FCS schools in the future. Alvarez gave no indication on when Big Ten schools would stop playing FCS foes. But, it can’t happen soon enough in what often are little more than glorified scrimmages.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany issued a statement to the Big Ten Network on Tuesday saying the league will look into a nine- and 10-game league schedule in the future.
On Monday night’s “Big Ten Football Report,” we went all-access with Purdue and new head coach Darrell Hazell on National Signing Day. Plus, host Mike Hall interviewed Penn State recruiting coordinator Charles London, who helped the Nittany Lions ink this class. Watch our Purdue signing day feature now and catch Hall’s interview with London in this post.