Dead period complicates Division I recruiting – AAS2E4

by | Sep 24, 2020 | Always Aggressive | 0 comments

Purdue wrestling head coach Tony Ersland and co-hosts Cory Palm and Tanner Lipsett take a deep dive into the new world of recruiting in the NCAA and how they have adjusted to the landscape on this week's episode of the Always Aggressive Podcast. 

With recruiting restrictions being extended to Jan. 1, 2021, the Boilermakers have had to find new ways to reach future wrestlers for the program and start building the relationships that lead to them signing their national letters of intent. 

The crew also looks at the rash of injuries in the start of the NFL season, and how the Boilermakers are preparing for their season under different circumstances, and they throw out credit to several of their MMA alumni making waves and grabbing belts.

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The More Than A Game campaign was launched in August, in partnership with the John Purdue Club, to help the athletics department navigate the financial ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic and position Boilermaker athletics for future success.

Purdue Athletics is one of only a handful of Division I athletics departments that is entirely self-sustaining: it does not receive any taxpayer dollars, general fund support from Purdue University, or student fees. John Purdue Club memberships are directed to funding the $12 million scholarship cost for student-athletes and this separate fund will help offset a 2020-21 Purdue Athletics budget shortfall that could approach or exceed $50 million.

Boilermakers and friends can make a contribution to the More Than A Game campaign by contacting their Boilermaker Athletics Representative or by visiting

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