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Michael Osipoff

Michael Osipoff is the Post-Tribune’s beat writer for the Purdue basketball and football teams, as well as the RailCats. He also covers boys and girls …Read More

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  • OSIPOFF: Boilers haven’t made much progress since start of season

    What’s that expression? Something about, if you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse? That’s the position in which Purdue seemingly exists at the moment. The Boilermakers aren’t necessarily trending downward, but they aren’t trending upward either. They’re just sort of trudging onward. And there’s been …Read More

  • Osipoff: Purdue hopes to build momentum as Big Ten play begins

    When last it played, Purdue put together a much-needed win at West Virginia on Dec. 22, its most well-rounded performance of the young season and most solid result from the non-conference portion of its schedule. Was that game indicative of how the Boilermakers (10-3) will …Read More

  • OSIPOFF: Inconsistent Boilers need resume-building win

    And then there was one. Purdue has a single game remaining before the start of Big Ten play, at West Virginia on Sunday. The lone road game of its nonconference schedule. It’s not a must-win game for the Boilermakers — not with the entirety of …Read More

  • Osipoff: Can it get any worse for Purdue football?

    With the talent level, coaching change and ensuing transition, and daunting schedule, Purdue figured to have a challenging season. Reaching the .500 mark would have been, well, a reach. But could anyone have envisioned Darrell Hazell’s first season with the Boilermakers going this badly for …

    OSIPOFF: Despite loss, Cardinals still show a lot of pride

    FORT WAYNE — Well after the game had concluded, chants of “We are … EC!!!” still were emanating from Zollner Stadium. That was the sort of pride this East Chicago Central football team engendered. Of course, there were plenty of tears in the aftermath of …

    OSIPOFF: Hobbled Matt DeSomer, 59ers offense rise to occasion

    MERRILLVILLE — At halftime, Matt DeSomer left the field via cart, after backup quarterback Jake Paliga had taken a kneeldown on the final play of the second quarter. Before the third quarter, DeSomer and Paliga warmed up side-by-side. Moments later, teammates surrounded Paliga, high-fiving him …

    MICHAEL OSIPOFF: Renewed Boilers should return to roots, NCAA tourney

    This team should return Purdue to its more accustomed levels, after last season’s downturn. The Boilermakers have question marks and unknowns, of course. But they also have the pieces to be significantly improved after going 16-18, missing the NCAA Tournament after six straight trips and …

    OSIPOFF: Competition for playing time evident in Purdue’s exhibition opener

    WEST LAFAYETTE — Purdue’s much-discussed increased depth and competition for playing time was enacted from the outset of its exhibition opener, as freshman Bryson Scott earned the start at point guard over incumbent sophomore Ronnie Johnson. Later, when Scott got into a little foul trouble, …

    OSIPOFF: Boilers will focus on fundamentals on this bye

    Don’t expect Purdue to enact dramatic changes in terms of personnel and scheme this time around. The Boilermakers made those moves — including officially naming Danny Etling as starting quarterback, planning to take three freshman defensive linemen out of redshirt (and following through), and shifting …

    OSIPOFF: Purdue’s Lowe excited to start coaching career

    As a kid, Kenneth Lowe was taught there was no such thing as a dumb question. With significant success, he has applied that approach throughout his life and career, from West Side to Purdue to playing professionally abroad, and back to the Boilermakers. Perhaps especially …

  • Osipoff: After demotion as QB, Rob Henry embraces new role

    In turn, Darrell Hazell spoke with each of the quarterbacks to inform them about the decision to replace Rob Henry with Danny Etling. Henry’s response? Allow him to change positions — wide receiver, safety, some sort of special teams role. Whatever he could do to …Read More

  • OSIPOFF: Purdue offense must make strides against NIU

    After reviewing the Notre Dame game, coach Darrell Hazell described Purdue as being a foot away from making several plays. Against Wisconsin? Um, not so much. “I honestly felt we took a little bit of a step back this past Saturday,” Hazell said, reiterating what …Read More

  • Hutton: Give girl golfers a break: Let them do circle 10

    ST. JOHN — These are some random scores from the Lake Central’s girls golf sectional, held at Palmira Golf Club on Friday: 172, 155, 140, 167, 156, 143, 132, 144 and 149. Of the 40 girls competing in the event, 26 of them failed to …Read More

  • OSIPOFF: Purdue progressing, but still ‘a foot away’

    Notre Dame had just tied the score at 17-17 early in the fourth quarter, and coach Darrell Hazell headed toward Purdue’s defense on the sideline with the intention of providing “a little juice.” None needed. The defense was already fired up. So, too, was the …

    OSIPOFF: Boilers don’t back down

    WEST LAFAYETTE — From the outset on Saturday night, Purdue showed it wasn’t going to back down against No. 21 Notre Dame. The Boilermakers’ initial adrenaline eventually wore off — maybe — but they sustained an effort and performance worthy of a prime-time ABC game, …

  • OSIPOFF: With rivalry’s future murky, Boilers relish next shot at ND

    Purdue and Notre Dame first played each other in football in 1896. The Boilermakers and Irish have met every season since 1946. So even though this season’s game will mark Darrell Hazell’s inaugural experience competing for the Shillelagh Trophy, he knows full well about the …Read More

  • OSIPOFF: Purdue QB Rob Henry pushes forward after poor opener

    Not too long after Purdue’s thud-of-a-loss at Cincinnati to begin the Darrell Hazell era, Rob Henry was compelled to express his disappointment in his play on Twitter. “I apologize to all my family, teammates, friends and fans. My performance today was unacceptable. Never played that …Read More