In conjunction with Maryland's historic move to the Big Ten Conference on July 1, Maryland athletics will be taking an in-depth look at its future Big Ten foes. Today we continue the series by profiling Purdue University.
June 2: Illinois; June 4: Indiana; June 6: Iowa; June 9: Michigan; June 11: Michigan State; June 13: Minnesota; June 16: Nebraska; June 18: Northwestern; June 20: Ohio State; June 23: Penn State; June 25: Purdue; June 27: Rutgers; June 30: Wisconsin
• Location: West Lafayette, Ind.
• Founded: 1869
• Enrollment: 38,788
• President: Mitch Daniels
• Athletic Director: Morgan Burke
• School Colors: Old Gold and Black
• Nickname: Boilermakers
• Joined Big Ten Conference: 1896
• Football Stadium (capacity): Ross-Ade Stadium (62,500)
• Basketball Arena (capacity): Mackey Arena (14,240)
• Varsity Teams: 18
• Most Successful Sport: Men's Basketball - 1 national title
• First B1G event at Maryland: October 2, 2014 - Women's Soccer
• All-time basketball record: 1691-974 (.635)
• Conference Championships: 22
• Head Coach: Matt Painter
• All-time football record: 593-526-49 (.529)
• Conference/National Championships: 8/0
• Head Coach: Darrell Hazell
Notable Former Athletes
• Basketball: Robbie Hummel, JaJuan Johnson, E’Twaun Moore, Carl Landry, Brian Cardinal, Brad Miller, John Wooden (as a player), Glenn Robinson
• Football: Drew Brees, Ryan Kerrigan, Greg Orton, Kyle Orton, Curtis Painter, Bob Griese
• Neil Armstrong: astronaut
• Herman Cain: businessman/politician
• Drew Brees: New Orleans Saints quarterback
Fun Fact: "Purdue Grand Prix"
What started in 1958 as a way for engineering students to show off their skills has grown into an annual campus-wide event focusing on raising scholarship funds for the Grand Prix Foundation. The Foundation has the sanctioning body of the race since 1965, with its motto being “Students Helping Students”.
Participating groups are responsible for making their own kart to safety and performance regulations. All karts must race with a Yamaha KT-100 engine, and the race is run on a track carefully modeled after the World Kart Championship Track in Japan.
Known as “The Greatest Spectacle in College Racing,” the 160-lap (50 miles) race is held two weeks before spring semester finals at the conclusion of “Gala Week”.