While Purdue wrestling head coach Tony Ersland hasn't had much new news since the U23 and Junior national freestyle championships, the Boilermakers are getting closer to the reveal of the 2021 schedule and wanted to share what we do know about the coming season on the latest episode of the Always Aggressive Podcast.
Ersland dives into the format of the pending Big Ten schedule, along with some of the potential additions and match structures of the coming season. The conference is tentatively planning to open action on the weekend of January 9, and feature a seven-week format with nine events.
The crew looks back on another outstanding semester in the classroom for the Boilermakers, which kept the squad's cumulative grade point average north of the 3.0 mark and saw 19 individuals earn honors on the coaches' and AD's honor roll.
The likely-to-be final show of 2020 wouldn't be complete without a little holiday fun as Ersland and co-host Cory Palm tell stories of their “elf on the shelf” escapades.
0:00 – 2021 Schedule Stuff
6:21 – NCAA Qualification Criteria
9:34 – RPI?
16:41 – More Schedule Questions from Cory
21:40 – Why is the Schedule Taking So Long?
26:33 – Boilers in the Classroom
29:38 – Merry Christmas / Elves on Shelves
MORE THAN A GAME
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.
Boilermakers and friends can make a contribution to the More Than A Game campaign by contacting their Boilermaker Athletics Representative or by visiting JPCMoreThanAGame.com. Fans can purchase a special More Than A Game t-shirt from Legends and the Purdue Team Store, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the More Than A Game campaign. To purchase the t-shirt, click here or go to PurdueTeamStore.com.
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.