Ryan Walters on Michigan scandal: 'They aren't allegations, it happened'
Ryan Walters says Purdue may huddle for the first time all season on Saturday when it faces Michigan in the Big House. Expect some different things, the Boilermakers’ head coach said on his Thursday radio show.
Earlier this week, Walters was rather diplomatic when discussing the NCAA probe into Michigan over allegations of an extensive in-season scouting operation. On his radio show Thursday night, radio host Tim Newton asked about preparing for Michigan when the allegations are what they are.
“It’s unfortunate,” Walters said. “What’s crazy is they aren’t allegations. It happened. There’s video evidence. There’s ticket purchases and sales that you can track back. We know for a fact that they were at a number of our games.
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“We’ve had to teach our guys a new language in terms of some signals and we’ll operate different offensively. You might see us in a huddle for the first time this season. So, it is what it is, but we’re excited to go play and I think it would make for a great story.”
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Purdue lost to Michigan last year 43-22 in the Big Ten championship game in what was the first matchup between the two schools since 2017.
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Now, they meet in the regular season. The Boilermakers bring a three-game losing skid into the matchup while the unbeaten Wolverines are looking to show the College Football Playoff selection committee more after the group slotted U-M at No. 3 in its initial rankings.
Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC.