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Updating Purdue’s coaching search

Purdue is fifth Big Ten program in four years to search for a new coach.

Purdue is fifth Big Ten program in four years to search for a new coach.

For the fifth consecutive offseason there is a search for a new head coach in the Big Ten. Purdue is looking for new guidance after head coach Dough Schreiber resigned after 18 years leading the Boilermakers. Purdue’s next coach will be tasked with leading a rebuilding effort as Purdue has suffered four non-competitive seasons, going 20-75 in Big Ten play since winning the 2012 conference championship. The Purdue’s 2-22 showing during the 2016 Big Ten season produced the lowest in-conference winning percentage for a team with at least 20 conference games played in Big Ten history.

A long road back to the top, here’s what’s known on the search.

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Byars to return, others leaving Michigan State

Michigan State junior left-hander Cam Vieaux will begin a professional career with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

A sixth-round pick, MSU junior Cam Vieaux will begin a professional career with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Leading the Big Ten with three players drafted in the first ten rounds of the MLB Draft, Michigan State continues to send standouts to the next level. A year after a school-record eight players were drafted, the Spartans reloaded, cracking national polls for the first time since 1988.

Now Jake Boss Jr.’s program is tasked with another reload as the coaching staff has been informed Dakota Mekkes, Cam Vieaux and Jordan Zimmerman have all agreed to terms, respectively with the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim who drafted the trio on Friday.

But the reload will be aided with the return of Matt Byars, who has spurned an opportunity to begin a professional career.

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Sedlock, Boldt and Dawson drafted on day one

Outfielder Ronnie Dawson is Ohio State's highest draft pick since 2010.

Outfielder Ronnie Dawson is Ohio State’s highest draft pick since 2010.

For the first time since 2010, three Big Ten players were selected within the first two rounds of the MLB Draft.

That year, the conference’s pitcher of the year and two outfielders were selected within the first 62 picks. History repeated itself on Thursday night.

For a third consecutive year a Big Ten player was selected in the first round when Illinois right-handed pitcher Cody Sedlock was selected by the Baltimore Orioles with the 26th overall pick. Two outfielders were second round picks, Ryan Boldt of Nebraska and Ohio State’s Ronnie Dawson respectively selected by the Tampa Rays and Houston Astros.

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