This week’s picks column is dedicated to Purdue University President-elect Mitch Daniels, who has quite a challenge ahead of him attempting to, among other things, make the school’s football program relevant again.
Been to Ross-Ade Stadium lately? The once-raucous structure that housed Brees-to-Morales only 12 years ago has become a library with goal posts. So high is the indifference level that I’ll be stunned if 45,000 make it to West Lafayette for the Old Oaken Bucket battle against Indiana on Nov. 24.
Talk to me in a week. I might have lowered it to 40,000. And that’s in a stadium that accommodates 62,500 football fans.
Good luck, Mitch. Indiana under Kevin Wilson is trending upward, which is great. Do what’s necessary to aim Purdue’s football fortunes in the same direction.