Today was the Big Ten media day for the Purdue Boilermakers and Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Gophers are on the upswing and Jerry Kill was enthusiastic but managed to temper expectations a bit. A lot of work to do, etc. Purdue is terrible and everyone knows it. Let’s go ahead and watch Darrell Hazell grasp at straws!
Hazell happy with the team's character and work ethic. For you long-time followers, you know what that means. #uhoh
— Jerry Palm (@jppalmCBS) July 28, 2014
WOOOOOOO! Character! Work ethic! These are codewords for “Our team has terrible players, but they try hard.”
Expectations: Compete in game 1. Show that we're a different team from last year. (DH)
— Boiled Sports (@BoiledSports) July 28, 2014
Game 1 is against powerhouse Western Michigan.
Hazell mentions both offensive and defensive line as most important areas for Boilermakers this season. #B1GMediaDay
— Exponent Sports Desk (@Exponent_Sports) July 28, 2014
Most important. Not best. Not most talented. Just most important. Basically, they are the parts of the team that prevent the other players from getting killed.
Low expectations, depressing buzzwords, and a coach desperate to not say his team is outright awful. Purdue is going to be tremendous fun this year. Not for any good reasons though.