Purdue Coaches Caravan Stops In Fort Wayne (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

By Tommy Schoegler - 21Alive
By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

June 18, 2014 Updated Jun 18, 2014 at 10:07 AM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - Purdue University's men's basketball and football teams had a rough go of it a year ago. The Boilermakers finished last in the Big Ten Conference standings in both sports.

But basketball head coach Matt Painter and football coach Darrell Hazell have already turned a page from the disappointing results last season.

Painter and Hazell were part of the Purdue Coaches Caravan on Tuesday night at Fort Wayne Country Club.

The event gives some of Northeast Indiana's most diehard Boiler fans to connect with all the Purdue coaches.

Purdue men's basketball finished two games below .500, missing out on the NCAA Tournament and deciding against lower-tier postseason play.

With the transfer of Ronnie Johnson, Painter hands the point guard reigns to Northrop High School grad Bryson Scott. Ultimately, Painter says, the Boilermakers have to improve on turnovers and free throws that often left the team beating themselves.

This fall will be season No. 2 at Purdue for Hazell. The Boilermakers won only one 1 game, and went winless in the conference.

Hazell says a full offseason together with his players has meant a world of difference in preparation for the upcoming season.

Both coaches spoke with 21Alive sports director Tommy Schoegler about their respective upcoming seasons. Click on the videos to hear from both.




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