The most football success Purdue has had recently may be in landing graduate transfers. The Boilermakers landed yet another over the weekend and added yet another talented piece to bolster their offensive line in former Northern Illinois starter Shane Evans.
Evans started 18 games with the Huskies and has the flexibility to play any of the interior offensive line positions. He will be eligible immediately at Purdue and will have two seasons left to play at the school.
The addition of Evans is the fifth — fifth! — grad transfer that new head coach Jeff Brohm has brought to West Lafayette this offseason, joining ex-Notre Dame wide receiver Corey Holmes, Western Kentucky linebacker T.J. McCollum, Wake Forest defensive back Josh Okonye and FCS transfer David Steinmetz. The Boilermakers were already an intriguing team to watch this season with the offensive-minded Brohm taking over and the latest talent infusion should make Purdue much more competitive in Big Ten play going forward.
After surprisingly announcing in late April that he would be transferring from Texas Tech, Jonathan Giles revealed a week ago his Top 10 list for potential landing spots. Over the weekend, he had whittled that list down to three.
Monday evening, he whittled it down to one.
On his social media accounts, Giles revealed that he has decided to further his education at LSU and continue his collegiate playing career with the Tigers. The wide receiver’s other finalists were Florida State and Oregon.
Those in the Top 10 that were under consideration included Georgia, Louisville, Ohio State, Purdue, SMU, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
Giles won’t be of immediate help to the Tigers’ passing attack as he will have to sit out the 2017 season, but he’ll still have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2018.
The 5-11, 184-pound Giles led the Red Raiders in receptions (69), receiving yards (1,158), receiving touchdowns (13) and yards per catch (16.8) as a true sophomore last season. However, he exited spring practice earlier this year second on the depth chart, which triggered his decision to leave Lubbock.
It’s good to be a college commissioner nowadays but it seems it’s an even better time to be the one leading the Big Ten.
USA Today reports that Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is set to cash in big time with some $20 million in future bonus payments on the books from the conference. The league’s most recent tax returns shed light on the paychecks, which will come in addition to the over $2 million he already receives each year.
“Commissioner Delany has provided invaluable leadership for Big Ten member institutions while delivering first-in-class performance during a time of great transformation in college athletics,” University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler said in a statement provided by the conference. “He has not only successfully balanced the missions of academic achievement, student-athlete development and athletic success, he has successfully developed the resources necessary to strategically position the conference for success well into the future. His compensation is market-competitive, based on an independent third-party analysis, and reflects the value and impact of his leadership.”
Delany has served as commissioner of the Big Ten since 1989 and has been one of the most powerful leaders in college athletics ever since. He was the driving force behind numerous expansions by the conference over the years and the cash-cow that the Big Ten Network has turned into.
While Delany has drawn his fair share of criticism from fans and media members alike over the years, it’s hard to argue with what he’s done for the league’s burgeoning balance sheets. He is already one of the most handsomely compensated commissioners out there but something says the presence of this pay package will cause a few raised eyebrows around college athletics while also quieting talk that he may be set to retire in the very near future.
Not too long after the end of spring practice, the offensive line cavalry is headed to West Lafayette. Reportedly.
According to the Journal and Courier, David Steinmetz has decided to transfer into the Purdue football program. The 6-8, 296-pound offensive tackle spent the past three seasons at Rhode Island.
As Steinmetz would be coming to the Boilermakers from a Football Championship Series program as well as a graduate transfer, the lineman will be eligible to play immediately in 2017.
Steinmetz started 31 games the past three years for the Blue Hens. Most of that work came on the right side of the offensive line.
Should Steinmetz’s move come to fruition, he’d join Notre Dame wide receiver Corey Holmes (HERE), Western Kentucky linebacker T.J. McCollum (HERE) and Wake Forest defensive back Josh Okonye (HERE) as graduate transfers added by the Boilermakers this offseason. Additionally, Purdue was part of the Top 10 released this week by transfer wide receiver Jonathan Giles, who led Texas Tech in receiving last season.
One of the more surprising transfers of the 2017 offseason has given a rather broad hint as to his next college football home.
Late last month, Jonathan Giles, a semifinalist for the 2016 Biletnikoff Award, announced that he would be transferring from Texas Tech. Two weeks later, the wide receiver took to Twitter to release a Top 10 list for potential landing spots, and, not surprisingly, it includes several high-profile programs.
It’s unclear if the fact that Ohio State, Florida State and LSU are listed Nos. 1-3 means anything.
It’s also unclear when Giles will whittle that list down to, first, official visits as well as, ultimately, his final decision. Giles will have to sit out the 2017 season regardless of where he lands, but will still have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2018.
The 5-11, 184-pound Giles led the Red Raiders in receptions (69), receiving yards (1,158), receiving touchdowns (13) and yards per catch (16.8) as a true sophomore last season However, he exited spring practice this year second on the depth chart.