FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – It wasn’t a black tie affair, but black and gold were the colors that caught the eye Tuesday afternoon at the Fort Wayne Country Club as the Purdue Coaches Caravan made its annual stop on the Summit City.
Head basketball coach Matt Painter joined WANE-TV live at 6 p.m. to discuss the upcoming season. The Boilers went 15-17 last year, including a 5-13 mark in the Big Ten. Purdue received a huge boost earlier this summer when center A.J. Hammons announced he would return to West Lafayette for his junior season rather than bolting for the NBA Draft. Purdue is looking to build with a young core of players this coming winter, including Northrop grad Bryson Scott and one-time South Side star Rapheal Davis.
Purdue football coach Darrell Hazell is looking for improvement from his program as he enters his second year. Purdue went 1-11 last year and 0-8 in the Big Ten. At 14.9 points a game on offense, Purdue was last in the league, more than ten points worse than Minnesota at 25.7 points per night. Quarterback Danny Etling returns for his sophomore season after ending the fall as the starter, and Bishop Dwenger graduate Landon Feichter will look to lead the defense from his safety position.