Episode 7 of the Always Aggressive Podcast covers a variety of topics with head coach Tony Ersland, Tanner Lipsett and Cory Palm, ranging from Purdue football's 24-20 win over Iowa to kick off the 2020 season, to the rapidly approaching Election Day on Nov. 3.
The crew opens the show by giving Ersland the hypothetical scenario that Purdue football head coach Jeff Brohm found himself in on Saturday, unable to be on the field with his team. Unconfident in his emotional management in the situation, Ersland would've only found the situation worsened for him personally because the Boilermakers were facing his alma mater in the game.
The Purdue campus is instrumental in its recruitment of students and student-athletes, and Ersland and his team extend a variety of “thank you's” to people across campus and speak to the role they play in attracting young people to West Lafayette. The show also dives into some of the different majors that wrestlers choose and how that plays into their recruitment as well.
The Boilermakers hope to send a small roster of student-athletes to the USA Wrestling University and Junior National Freestyle Championships in a few weeks, set to be held in Omaha, Nebraska at the CHI Health Center. Ersland speaks to the importance of the event and the gratitude for the opportunity to compete.
The show wraps up with Tuesday's Election Day and how Ersland has approached the importance of voting and making yourself informed to vote.
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.