The Purdue Tailgate Tour landed at Fort Wayne Country Club on Tuesday, with athletic director Morgan Burke, new head football coach Darrell Hazell, men's basketball coach Matt Painter and women's basketball coach Sharon Versyp in tow.
In between autograph sessions, they did a little meeting-and-greeting with the media. A few highlights:
* Burke said talks are ongoing with Notre Dame as the two schools try to maintain their longstanding football rivalry. With Notre Dame committed to five ACC games in 2014 as part of the Irish's deal to join the conference in all sports but football and hockey and the Big Ten moving to nine conference games in 2016, Burke said, there are "a lot of moving pieces" that still need to be worked out.
Other than that, neither Purdue nor Notre Dame is prepared to go public with anything just yet -- beyond, of course, the 2013 season.
* Matt Painter had some good things to say about a couple of Fort Wayne products, former South Side standout Rapheal Davis and Northrop grad Bryson Scott.
"I thought Rapheal did a very good job for us (as a freshman)," Painter said. "It's hard as a freshman to adjust. And I thought he came in and kept a good attitude, kept working hard, kept battling and just found his way.
"A lot of times guys get discouraged, and it affects their effort. He was a guy who struggled earlier in the year. He stayed with it, he get working and really did some good things."
"I think Bryson Scott's coming in at a real critical time for us, because we need somebody that can step into that backcourt and play a lot of minutes," Painter said. "He's gonna have to learn that, but I think he has all the athleticism and the quickness and the work ethic ... to be able to come in and play both guard positions for us.
"I think that's something that we need. We need him to play some point, and also I think he can play alongside some other guys and really give us a lot of athleticism and a lot of quickness."