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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 28, ISSUE 5 40 assistant sports information director at Purdue from 1965 to 1967. "The fact he ended his fabled career as a Boilermaker makes it a great story," said Pete Quinn, who served as color analyst for all but one game McConnell did for Pur- due. "I loved Joe, and I loved working with Joe. And only part of the reason I loved working with him was because he was a great broadcaster. He was a great man and will always be part of my family." Newton had the difficult task of eulogizing his dear friend, mentor and colleague at McConnell's funeral April 12, but deftly summed it all up this way. "Very few people in life get to do what they want to do for a profession," Newton said. "There's probably a smaller subset of that containing people who are meant to do what they end up making their life's work. "Joe decided when he was 10 years old that he wanted to be a radio broadcaster. That's what he became. And he became one of the all-time greats. "I went back and listened to some of those great calls, and they were flawless. He knew exactly what to say. He knew what space and tone to give it. That's the way it was from the beginning of his career to his last game (a win at Indiana in 2009) in which Al-Terek McBurse returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown. If you listen to his call, it gives you chills how good it was. That was what makes a great broadcaster. It really is amazing." And so was the 79-year life of McConnell. j 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 & Black Illustrated/Gold and Black EXPRESS. Free trials available! It's All On

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