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Catch up on all the Purdue news, both sport and non-sports related, you might have missed this week.

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We used to have a link post about every other day, but within the last year we shifted to mostly FanShots. Well, we're bringing back the links post as a sort of "What did you miss this week" post. Below you'll find various stories about Purdue Athletics from other media outlets, as well as some non-sports, but still Purdue related news. Enjoy!

Purdue-commit Navon Mosley wants to leave a legacy with West Bloomfield football and beyond -
Is this the next Ricardo Allen? The West Bloomfield senior-to-be recently committed to the Purdue University football program and instantly set a lofty goal for himself. He plans to graduate as the all-time interception leader in Boilermakers history. And the magic number is 18.

A.J. Hammons getting in shape, shedding extra pounds for monster senior season (Journal & Courier)
The Boilermaker senior center worked out at a camp held by former NBA coach John Lucas, and has shed 20 pounds so far this summer. I'm glad the J&C doesn't publish how my weight has changed this summer...

And the Oscar goes too...Ryan Kerrigan gets his chance to save the world in ‘Sharknado 3′ - The Washington Post
Now that Ryan Kerrigan has starred appeared in "Sharknado 3," do we think his friends and teammates will stop teasing him about his role as the sun in ads for Thompson Creek windows?

Lafayette's Nick Wittgren keeps ascending in Marlins' system (Journal & Courier)

Nick Wittgren, Purdue's all-time saves leader, made his Triple-A debut with the New Orleans Zephers (Purdue and NOLA seem to have a great connection). After appearing in the Triple-A All-Star Game, Wittgren now waits to follow in the footsteps of his former teammate, Kevin Plawecki.

FOUR MORE YEARS! Taylor Granted Medical Hardship Waiver - PURDUESPORTS.COM

A season ago, Taylor struggled through recurring leg and shin injuries suffered during his high school career and was forced to sit out the remainder of the 2014-15 campaign after appearing in six games. Taylor has been cleared to resume practicing this summer and has gained about 25 pounds of muscle to his frame since his arrival last summer, standing 6 feet, 9 inches, and weighing about 240 pounds.

Former Bears WR Brandon Marshall calls Kyle Orton best QB he ever played with -
Brandon Marshall's impromptu Twitter Q&A with fans on Thursday night included one not-so-subtle jab at Jay Cutler. Asked to name the best quarterback he's ever played with, the Pro Bowl wideout offered up a surprising choice: Kyle Orton. Personally, as a Packers fan, I like Cutler. Let's hope that continues...

It ain't about the money? Indiana basketball has big investment in recruiting. -IU Star
IU spent $673,708 in recruiting for 2013-14, the highest in the Big Ten. That's well ahead of the next-closest team, Illinois ($431,327). IU spent more than three times as much as Purdue ($197,208) and more than 10 times as much as Wisconsin ($62,082).

Report: $32 million disappears from Big Ten coffers - Off Tackle Empire (Satire)
A random Big Ten fan decides to investigate whether or not Purdue exists, and why they're getting $32 million from the B1G, and where the money really ends up going. Their user name is also TheHumbleBuckeye, so we know this guy is probably just a bot. There's no such thing as a "Humble Buckeye."

BIG 10 One Star Stadium Reviews - UofCFB
They took Big 10 One Star Stadium reviews from Yelp, Google and TripAdvisor to compile the worst reviews for each Big 10 stadium. Some teams took some serious heat, while others got out pretty unscathed. It seems like the worst part about Purdue was that someone didn't like our brats. It could be a lot worse.

Purdue’s Dakota Mathias improving conditioning after medical procedure | CollegeBasketballTalk
Mathias was a started by the end of the 2014-15 season, but was still limited in minutes and performance due to some medical issues. Recently, Mathias had procedures this spring to correct a deviated septum and also clean out his sinus cavities. The procedures have helped Mathias improve his conditioning and the team is hoping it will improve his overall game.

Kevin Plawecki brings special value to New York Mets for playoff push - Mets Blog - ESPN
The former Boiler superstar and Mets rookie catcher may not be hitting well with a 0.231 average, but he's excelling in other areas of importance that can be a big help. He currently ranks second in the majors with nine Defensive Runs Saved.

Purdue Non-Sports news!

Which College Produces the most Tech-Ready Graduates?
Some universities produce top notch tech graduates who take the startup world by storm. Which college tops the list? Purdue makes the list as one of the best public universities to produce Tech-Ready Graduates, along with other B1G schools.

BTN LiveBIG: 5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Purdue Astronauts " Big Ten Network
Many people already know that Purdue is "Astronaut University." Twenty-three of its graduates took part in spaceflight missions, and Neil Armstrong is among its distinguished astronaut alumni. But there’s a lot more to know when it comes to space exploration.

Fire scare evacuated Purdue’s student hospital |
Like PUSH wasn't already bad enough. As one Purdue Paramedic once said: "I wouldn't even send my dead dog to PUSH."

Purdue, YWCA to host free mother-daughter engineering program | Fox 59
Purdue University’s Women in Engineering Program and the YWCA of Greater Lafayette are hosting the Aug. 1 event. It’s for girls in grades four through six and their mothers. This looks to be an excellent event, as men still dominate the STEM fields.

Former Purdue student and attacker ordered to leave the U.S.
Boda Wu has served his sentence and now must leave the U.S. for his homeland in China, after strangling another student with a phone cord at a bus stop. Yikes.