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Boilermakings Closes Out 2012

A final links post for the old year.

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First, here is a video with the results of the 2012 Story of the Year poll.

Next, here are some links to end the year on:

Drew Brees promises 'It's on' when New Orleans Saints return to work in 2013: 10 more observations |
Brees became the first QB in NFL history to have consecutive 5,000 yard passing seasons. He now owns three of the six best regular seasons ever and has three of the six 5,000 yard passing seasons in NFL history.

Weary Northrop gets little rest | The Journal Gazette
A wrap-up of Bryson Scott's busy few days with Ft. Wayne Northrop.

2013 Heart of Dallas Bowl Preview - Cowboys Ride For Free
A preview of the 2013 Heart of Dallas Bowl, and some things to do while you're there.

Heart of Dallas Bowl: Purdue coach Patrick Higgins enjoying the interim ride while it lasts |
UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas — Patrick Higgins jokes that he's "interim everything." He was Purdue's interim offensive coordinator the last three weeks of the season. Now he's Purdue's interim head coach for the Heart of Dallas Bowl against Oklahoma State.

Why not the Heart of Dallas Bowl? - Off Tackle Empire
Let's talk about the Heart of Dallas Bowl from a Purdue perspective.

Purdue vs. Oklahoma State: Heart of Dallas Bowl 2013 picks and predictions - SB Nation Dallas
The Oklahoma State Cowboys are favored to prevail over Purdue in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Jan. 1.

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An odd statistical fact that Purdue and Murray State have the longest streak in college basketball of not losing on the same day. Go Racers!

Coaching Search Ticker |
Purdue could be hiring Virginia Tech receivers coach Kevin Sherman. His leading receiver this season was Marcus Davis with 47 catches for 891 yards and five scores.

Conference Power Rankings: Big Ten - Men's College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
This is the final time I will construct a Big Ten power rankings post out of nothing more than nonconference games; Big Ten play begins Monday.

New Years Day Bowls Preview - Black Shoe Diaries
Gator BowlMississipi State vs. (20)NorthwesternNoon ESPN2If you look back at Northwestern's three loses, they actually came very close to pulling off a miraculous undefeated season.

A primer for the Big Ten season -- college basketball - ESPN
With the conference season set to get under way, Eamonn Brennan takes a look at what's in store for the Big Ten.