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Purdue offering students free admission vs. Western Michigan

By Jerry Hinnen | Staff Writer

Looks like Purdue is trying to drum up some excitement for its season opener against Western Michigan!

Get it? See, the Boilermakers have this ... nevermind. The point is that Purdue is offering students free admission to Saturday's meeting with the Broncos at Ross-Ade Stadium, no strings attached:

Just as cool: students who already have season tickets can get a free pass to a different remaining home game.

Kudos to Purdue: lots of schools have talked about ways to get students into their home games, and most of them have centered around fringe benefits like better cell reception. The Boilers have put their money where their mouth is, so to speak.

Of course, maybe they wouldn't have to if the Boilers weren't coming off of a disastrous 1-11 debut season for Darrell Hazell, and it's not as if the Broncos are going to move even the lightest of needles, having also gone a disastrous 1-11 in their coach's first season. But at least Purdue appears willing to go the extra mile to keep their students engaged as Hazell attempts to dig out of the wreckage.

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