College Football: Boiled by the Boilermakers

After nine years at Purdue University in Lafayette, Ind., Coach Jack Mollenkopf has every right to be a pessimist. Purdue got its nickname ("the Boilermakers") from opponents who meant it as a term of derision. It copied its school colors from Princeton's. It has been playing in the Big Ten ever since the ten were still seven, but in all those 70 years it has never once been to the Rose Bowl, and the last time it won an undisputed conference championship was in 1929. For that matter, Purdue has rarely even been the best team in the state of...

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