FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Purdue Coaches Caravan made its final stop of the summer in Logansport and Fort Wayne. The caravan included appearances by director of athletics Morgan Burke, football head coach Darrell Hazell, men’s basketball head coach Matt Painter, women’s basketball head coach Sharon Versyp and volleyball head coach Dave Shondell.
The caravan made its first stop at the Cass County 4-H Community in Logansport in the morning. The next stop was at the Fort Wayne Country Club. The coaches took pictures and signed autographs for the Gold and Black faithful in attendance.
Purdue head football coach Darrell Hazell spoke about Danny Etling’s chances of retaining his role as starting quarterback.
“Definitely in line for the starting job, and he’ll battle with those other two quarterbacks, but his strength comes in his work habits. He’s in the office every day at 5:30, studying film, and really trying to master the position. Obviously he’s got the physical tools. He’s so much farther advanced than he was at any point in time last year, and he’s so much more comfortable because of that,” said Hazell.
Purdue basketball coach Matt Painter also spoke about his team. Coach Painter talked about his incoming freshman class, including Isaac Haas’ ability to contribute to the Boilermakers.
“Well, they just got here. School started yesterday. Workouts started today, and so I have not seen them yet in terms of playing,” said Painter. “You know, Issac obviously gives us a big time inside presence on both ends of the court to go along with A.J. So at 7 feet 2 inches, 300 pounds, you know he’s a very intimidating imposing type player that you don’t see everyday. But you know he’s just one piece, I think all of the other four freshman are going to have a great opportunity to play also.”