The Boilermaker Address


- music by A. Lincoln

Two score less a couple of years ago, a bald man with denial issues brought forth on this campus a new philosophy, conceived in the notion of solid fundamentals, and dedicated to the proposition that young men of less than five star talent, working together and with great discipline, could effectively compete with the elite on the national stage.

We are again engaged in a great national conflict testing whether that philosophy, or any so conceived and dedicated can long endure. We gather here today in this historic arena where we have borne witness to many of these battles. We have come to celebrate the contributions of four remarkable young men and acknowledge another successful campaign. We cheer for them to play through the rebirth of spring and add yet another footnote in the rafters of this dome - ensuring an eternal place of honor for those who here gave their all that the Boilermaker legend might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But in a larger sense, we can not dedicate...we can not concecrate...we can not hallow this hardwood. The talented men and women, current and past, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the alumni, students and staff rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who competed here have thus far so nobly advanced.

It is for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored heros we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave 4 years of NCAA eligibility - that we here highly resolve that these departed shall not have toiled in vain - that Boiler Nation, under Bobo, shall see a rebirth of April basketball - and that glory of the four star, four year, graduating on time student athlete, shall not perish from West Lafayette.

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