Boilermakings Embraces The Long, Cold Offseason

Come on, give the offseason a hug - USA TODAY Sports

Purdue sports news, notes, and links for April 9.

You may have noticed a new author at the site yesterday. Zach Langdon, formerly of the Boiling Points, saw a bunch of his contributors scatter and his site fold up recently. I contacted him to see if he was interested in joining up so he could keep writing and he was more than eager. So, we have another blog merger as Zach has come on to provide a different voice and perspective. As you saw from his first entry on coach painter at the Final Four, his work is excellent. I'm excited to add him to the team here at H&R.

Now, on to today's links:

Illini Baseball To Wear, Auction Stars And Stripes Jerseys - The Champaign Room
The Illini will wear the special jerseys on April 28 against Northwestern and then auction them off with all the proceeds going to charity.

Michigan falls to Louisville 82-76; Goodnight. - Maize n Brew
Goodbye to the best season I can remember.

Spring Game Report Card: Red 32, White 25 - Corn Nation
Overall, nobody should have been terribly surprised by the general performance level on the day: offense having the upper hand on the defense, even with the limited playbook.

MMQB: What If Trey Burke Had Stay Committed To Penn State? - Black Shoe Diaries
It wouldn't be the Internet if we didn't squabble over things that never happened!

ESPN - Tournament Challenge - Group
PurduePharmJack1 won this year's Hammer & Rails challenge out of 328 entries. Please e-mail me to claim your prize.

Purdue building toward 'Big Ten strong' - Big Ten Blog - ESPN
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue's Darrell Hazell is a first-year head coach in the Big Ten, but he and most of his assistants need no introduction to t

Video: Purdue coach Darrell Hazell - Big Ten Blog - ESPN
Purdue coach Darrell Hazell talks about the team's progress in his first spring with the Boilers.

Jack Hoffman with a 69 yard touchdown in the 2013 Nebraska Spring Game - YouTube
If this kid wants to see the Purdue-Nebraska game in West Lafayette this fall it is on my dime.

Purdue Baseball Alumni Receive Their MiLB Assignments - PURDUESPORTS.COM - Purdue Official Athletic Site
As the professional baseball season gets underway at both the Major and Minor League levels this week, a number of former Purdue baseball players have received their Minor League assignments.

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