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Gold and Black Illustrated, Vol 27, Digital 6

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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 27, ISSUE 6 17 Mid-American Conference member Ohio the next Friday night under newly installed lights at Ross-Ade Stadium. Two weeks later, it's the Big Ten opener against a likely top-15 team in Michigan. Two weeks later, likely ranked Wisconsin is up. It could be a brutal six-week slate in which Purdue could actually make strides under the new coaching staff without those improvements translating to wins. More intangible developments may happen first, and that may have to be enough. For now. "Our success, when it comes down to it, is wins and losses, bottom line. That's really how we're going to be graded on when it's all said and done, when we meet our maker here. It's, 'OK, did we change the program?'" co-de- fensive coordinator Nick Holt said. "No. 1, are we grad- uating our student-athletes? Well, that's going to happen here because they do such a good job in that aspect. For us, people are going to think we're successful when we go to bowl games. How do you go to bowl games? You win six games or more. "First things first: We need to take care of what we can control. Right now, we can control how we play, how we practice, how we go about our business. I want to see our guys with light in their eyes, so when you come on cam- pus, you think, 'Hey, these guys have a good vibe about them. I love the way they compete.' They have to practice with a sense of urgency and compete in everything they do and love life, love football, love the university, and then it goes from there. When you start competing every day and having fun, having success on the practice field, then you start making plays on Saturday. And when you start making plays on Saturday, you start winning games. First things first, we have to be really good at the process. ... It starts there and the wins and losses will come." j It's All On The Best Purdue Sports Information On The Web • Real-time recruiting • Game stories, analysis and blogs • Premium message boards • Video, audio, live stream events and more • Exclusive access to premium information Part of the network Note: is a separate subscription than your subscription to Gold and Black Illustrated/Gold and Black Express. Free trials available!

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