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I admit, I am wiped out this week. There has been a lot going on behind the scenes and it has left me freaking exhausted. That's why I am glad we're only playing Western Illinois this week. That is not meant to disrespect the Leathernecks, but I think everyone is expecting a blowout. In fact, we'd all be shocked if it didn't end in a blowout. Since there isn't a lot of blogger interaction for games like this it has given me a much needed break.

Still, there is a game tomorrow, and I have a great Profile in Badassery ready to go later this afternoon that should get us thinking about football again. In the mean time, here are some Friday links to clear out the clippings toolbar a little:

Brees good exposure for Purdue | | Journal and Courier
The man, Drew Brees, returned last night.

Purdue trio join NFL practice squads | | Journal and Courier
Ryan Baker, Eugene Bright, and Torri Williams were each signed to practice quads for the NFL season.

More surgery for Purdue's Wilson | | Journal and Courier
the Women's basketball team may continue to have depth issues after Ashley Wilson had to have a second leg surgery.

Fresh start for football - Sports
Here is a preview of Western Illinois from the campus newspaper for WIU.

Leathernecks start 2010 off on right foot - Macomb, IL - McDonough County The Voice
Here is a little more on Western Illinois from their home town newspaper. The blog interviews will return next week, but the leathernecks don't get a ton of coverage.

DraftExpress: Top NBA Draft Prospects in the Big Ten, Part Two (#6-10)
Draft Express rates Robbie as the #6 draft prospect in the Big Ten...

DraftExpress: Top NBA Draft Prospects in the Big Ten, Part One (#1-5)
...and the have JJ #5...

DraftExpress: Top NBA Draft Prospects in the Big Ten, Part Three (#11-15) E'Etwaun #11.

Big Ten Basketball Forecast: Michigan State, Illinois, Purdue Ready to Battle | Bleacher Report
The Bleacher Report predicts a third place finish in the Big Ten basketball race.

Purdue lands verbal from shot-blocking forward | | The Indianapolis Star
Here's word from Jacob Lawson's dad on his son's commitment. - Rating the coaches
Matt Painter as the sixth best coach in the Big Ten? Please!

Bade transforms body | The Journal Gazette | Fort Wayne, IN
Sounds like Patrick Bade has bulked up a bit...

Colts notebook: Ex-Boilers cornerback King will happily switch positions; new safety is just happy to make team | | The Indianapolis Star
Brandon King is pleased to make the Colts roster as an undrafted free agent. | Boilers Insider | The Indianapolis Star
Robbie Hummel is getting closer