Greg Middleton and the reversal of the rivalry

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  1. Chriselli

    Chriselli All-Big Ten
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    One player that has always stuck with me is Max Dedmond. Max was from the area of the state that had seen back to back Purdue quarterbacks hail from - Joey Elliott and Curtis Painter. What made Elliott particularly tough to stomach was the fact that, by all accounts, he grew up an Indiana fan attending Pancakes and Pigskins hosted by Coach Mallory. Max was the first to say "no" to the Boilers and to say he wanted to turn Indiana around in a number of years.

    However, a year earlier, in 2006, Greg Middleton flipped the apple cart by decommitting from Purdue and flipping to Indiana. Tiller was publicly embarrassed and angrily declared that he wasn't "losing kids to Indiana." The Middleton recruitment was a battle of he said she said. At that time, Purdue had gone 9-1 in the previous 10 years.

    Indiana, with Middleton, beat Purdue in 2007 to Play 13 and end our 14 year bowl hiatus. Dedmond signed the dotted line and was followed by many instate recruits since. In the 13 years since Middleton, Indiana leads the series with Purdue 7-6. Food for thought, and a reminder that you never know when one recruit can change the trajectory of a program and a rivalry.

    Thanks, Greg!
     
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    fkfootball All-Big Ten
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    Once kids get tired of losing games at Purdue 42-45 because Brohm has never heard of defense, we will absolutely clean house in-state.
     
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  3. Mackeyfan247

    Mackeyfan247 Recruit
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    How does that impact offensive players? Lol. Purdue has done a really good job recruiting in-state and that’ll continue this year. Already have 2 on board with Richards, Karlaftis, and Sales likely to jump on board next.
     
  4. Courtsensetwo

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    If IU is losing 45-42 it suggests IU isn't playing D either.
     
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    That's a really interesting thought/insight on trying to turn around in-state recruiting. The state of Indiana doesn't produce enough talent year-in and year-out to be the base of two schools. But there are enough high performing college and eventual NFL players coming from here that if a school can clean up the state, it'd be a heck of a base.

    On a personal note, I've gotten to know Max over the last several years and he's just a really good kid. I always cheered for him being from the SW pocket of the state, he just got hit by some bad luck with Bolser emerging in Max's later years at IU.
     
  6. smeth

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    Lol. The one recruit that led to IU going 7-6 vs. Purdue was Darrel Hazel
     
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    You seem bitter
     
  8. destewart

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    We both have our walls of shame, but Hazell and his 9-33 record, (team went 0-6 after he was fired in mid season) shares a special place unequaled by anyone in Big Ten history save for Rick Venturi’s 1-31-1 record at Northwestern.
    Clyde Smith at 8-27-1 and Bernie Crimmins 13-32 allow IU to not feel totally left behind.
     
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    DH was awful. My comments as much about DH as it was the poster's history here. Stay safe.
     
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  10. destewart

    destewart Freshman
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    Thank you and the same well wishes to you and yours.
     
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