Big Ten media days begin Monday. You've got one more weekend, then it's wall-to-wall football talk, followed by the opening of camps and then, finally, actual games.
Before media days get started in Chicago, we've been going through a list of the hottest topics each team will be addressing from the assembled reporters. Up next: Purdue, which is bringing linebacker Ja'Whaun Bentley, defensive tackle Jake Replogle and receiver DeAngelo Yancey, along with head coach Darrell Hazell.
1. What reasons are there for optimism?: The grisly stats, in case you were unaware: the Boilermakers are just 6-30 overall and 2-22 in the Big Ten under Hazell, and they went 2-10 last season. So, unfortunately, the biggest story surrounding this program is whether Hazell will make it through another year, especially since the man who hired him -- athletic director Morgan Burke -- is retiring. Hazell isn't a doom-and-gloom guy by any means, so he'll likely talk up the team's returning experience. Purdue has 16 starters back, and the roster should be shaped to his liking going into his fourth year. Still, skeptics will abound.
2. Will the coordinator changes make a difference?: This offseason, Hazell reached for the same lifeline that most head coaches under fire seek: he changed both coordinators. The moves didn't exactly create a huge ripple across the college football world, as Terry Malone was promoted from within to oversee the offense, and former Nebraska assistant Ross Els -- who was out of football last year -- came aboard to run the defense. Is this merely rearranging the deck chairs, or will the new coordinators bring major scheme changes that make a difference? And what, exactly, is Purdue's identity on both sides of the ball?
3. Another quarterback change?: The one constant at quarterback under Hazell has been change. The latest signal-caller switcheroo happened in Week 4 last year, when David Blough took over as the starter. He showed some promise, but also won only one game and threw eight interceptions to only 10 touchdowns. Blough is no lock to start in 2016, as redshirt freshman Elijah Sindelar came on strong this spring. Will Hazell make another change, or will the program finally have some stability under center?