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Purdue AD: ‘our performance has kept us from reaching our goals’

Danny Hope AP

Once again, save for an overtime loss to Ohio State earlier this month, Purdue has gone another year without being much of a threat in the Big Ten Leaders division. The Boilermakers have lost four in a row, most recently a 44-28 embarrassment at Minnesota. Under Hope, Purdue has just one winning season (2011).

So, athletic director Morgan Burke released a statement Monday addressing the state of program:

Everyone around our football program has high expectations for the 2012 season. We have worked very hard over the past four years to improve our personnel, facilities and every phase of our program, which is evident. Our student-athletes, alumni, fans, coaching staff and administration all expect to see the program move forward and take a step up the postseason ladder. Currently, our performance has kept us from reaching our goals. But we have a third of the season left to play, and our focus is to achieve that consistency over the remaining four games. We need to press forward, converting potential into results and having fun playing Boilermaker football.

Not much to digest in the way of specifics, but midseason statements are usually never a good thing. Not that Hope will be fired midseason; in fact, Purdue has the opportunity to finish strong with its final three games against Iowa, Illinois and Purdue.

If the Boilermakers can’t win those games, though, there might not be anymore Hope.

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8 Responses to “Purdue AD: ‘our performance has kept us from reaching our goals’”
  1. thejjtrain says: Oct 29, 2012 11:58 PM

    Love how they play themselves the last week, they might actually win that one. And really this is a play to get more fans in the seats. In the past four years the most fans at Ross-Ade, outside of 2 Notre Dame games, has been about 50,000 total with a good chunk of that visiting fans. During Tiller’s ride into the sunset there would easily be 60,000 plus even against Directional State U. The entire fan base is tired of Hope, and the only way they wont be tired of him is when he gets fired.

  2. raysfan1 says: Oct 30, 2012 12:04 AM

    AD for school with losing record saying “Our performance has kept us from our goals” is akin to saying “Water is wet.”

    “Purdue has the opportunity to finish strong with its final three games against Iowa, Illinois, and Purdue.” Well, Purdue’s tilt versus Purdue is sure to result in a Purdue win, eh? Sorry, I know you meant Purdue was playing Indiana in the final game of the season, but the typo made me chuckle.

  3. queenlivekillers says: Oct 30, 2012 7:01 AM

    Purdue fan here. Hope said this was his best team since he took over and many predicted that Purdue would be able to take advantage of OSU & PSU’s in eligibility and make it to the B1G championship game. Kirk Herbstreit even picked Purdue to represent the B1G in the Rose Bowl.

    What happened?

    Purdue fans are getting tired of the mediocrity. Tiller spoiled us: we got used to winning again. No one wants to return to the wasteland of the 80’s when we were hapless doormats.

    My question is: Why not the best? If Boise State can put together a team that is a consistent Top 25 power, why not Purdue? We should not be content with being third or fourth best in the B1G or just making a bowl.

    Unfortunately, many Purdue fans see Burke as part of the problem and do not trust him to head a coaching search.

  4. Joseph says: Oct 30, 2012 9:19 AM

    Purdue plays Purdue?

  5. 700levelvet says: Oct 30, 2012 10:22 AM

    I had no idea Yogi Berra was named athletic director at Purdue. Go figure

  6. hor2012 says: Oct 30, 2012 4:16 PM

    I think it will be hard for Purdue to win big for a while. The reason being is that when ND return to winning most kids who doesn’t get recurited by ND won’t want to go to Purdue. The other issue is that I think Purdue is facing is the possiblity that they may want to get someone that is a spread offense passing game coach. The may not be able to attract the type of players to play a pro style attack on offense.

  7. mogogo1 says: Oct 30, 2012 6:20 PM

    Burke seems to have a fondness for pointless comments. The following is from his bio on Purdue’s website: “Morgan Burke continues to put his heart and soul into what he truly views as a labor of love. He has worked vigorously to ensure every student-athlete has a positive experience at Purdue University.”

    Anybody remember their college days when the jocks would expound on how much better their time at the school had been thanks to the AD? Me either.

  8. irishking says: Oct 31, 2012 10:47 AM

    Purdue has been terrible again this season and I know that Boilermaker fans everywhere are just fed up. Watching them get plastered last Saturday by Minnesota was absolutely devastating to fans. About the only thing really good and exciting in Indiana football this season is ND.

    Someone could call me with free tickets on the 40 yd line in Ross Ade Stadium and I wouldn’t want to see a Purdue game. That’s how bad things have gotten. My membership in the John Purdue Club lapsed and I don’t intend to renew. I’ve lost all hope!

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