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The Purdue University Board of Trustees has adopted a new policy prohibiting students and staff from wagering on Purdue sports teams.

This decision comes following the legalization of sports gambling in Indiana on September 1. Purdue President Mitch Daniels says athletes could have been influenced if their peers or teachers were placing bets on them.

“If people around them or their classmates were betting for or against them or their team that it might make them feel very apprehensive maybe intimidated,” Daniels says.

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Despite another disappointing season for the Purdue football team, athletic department officials say they’ll look to engage more fans by renovating Ross-Ade Stadium.

But the money may be hard to come by. Sagging attendance meant the football team brought in three million fewer dollars than expected this year. Athletics Director Morgan Burke says that makes funding projects more difficult for a self-supporting department.

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Some questions in this week's conversation:

You’re on the record as saying it’s gotten harder in recent years to draw students to games. There are a lot of factors to which one might attribute that – what stands out most in your mind?

You mentioned on our last program that when the Big Ten Network money came rolling in a few years ago, you doubled down on improving facilities. What other amenities are you considering putting into sports facilities?

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Some questions for the inaugural edition of the program:

About the ongoing court battle between the NCAA and athletes who feel they’ve never been fairly compensated for schools using their likenesses: what’s your position generally – do you side with the students or the NCAA?

The latest finding in the case is that schools can pay up to $5,000 per student, per year – so about $20,000 for a four-year athlete. Is that a fair wage?

Purdue Sports Podcast

Feb 13, 2012

Sam Klemet and student reporter Rob McMahon break down the Purdue men's basketball team's up and down week, their NCAA tournament hopes, and lineup changes.  Also discussed this week is the women's basketball team's Big Ten championship chances, and the football team's offseason.