This message is to all people that come to this site to complain about Purdue sports. Our beloved Purdue University is simply not an elite sports school. It isn't Danny Hope's fault, it wasn't Joe Tiller's fault and it is not Matt Painter's fault that we have no championships. If you truly expect to see championships won and banners raised then you have to evaluate what it is that makes other elite programs stand out. Aside from the occasional "flare up" program, most champions have a set of characteristics that identify them as hot spots for recruits and coaches.
First, the money. Sure we have all heard about the crazy salaries paid to college coaches, but the commitment to a high salary for the head coach as well as his assistants is also the commitment to a successful program. It simply raises the standard and makes you a destination school rather than a stepping stone. Next you have to look at history, not all current top programs have an extensive history, but it doesn't hurt (ALABAMA, OHIO STATE). The good news is that you can begin your history at any time (LSU, OREGON), but it begins with a commitment to excellence in athletics.
The next thing elite programs have is a rabid fan base that always expects to win. This is probably the hardest part to acquire and the easiest to lose. If you build up peoples hopes and keep dropping them on their faces they begin to expect defeat and suddenly decide to do something else with their time rather than pay to be disappointed in person. However, you win the fan loyalty and you sell out the stadium and you bring in lots of cash. Lots of loyal fans and flashy dynamic coaches leads to outstanding athletes committing and the rise of Purdue athletics. Now this is all fine and dandy, but how do we get there.
The first step is to send your frustration somewhere other than message boards. There is little chance that anyone with the power to make a change is scanning blogs to find out how students feel about a football loss or a basketball de-commitment. Accept it, we are an academic organization and although that is a great thing for the value of our degrees, it carries very little weight in the athletic world. One huge problem we currently face is that there is simply very little money floating around out there and perhaps no amount of communication with the top would change our present situation, not immediately anyway. By sending you concerns to the top now and continuing to do so for the next several years, perhaps we can reach those deaf ears and begin to urge them to consider our athletics when they discuss the budget and where to focus their advertising dollars. One angle to work is the booster angle. More success in athletics translates to more donations and more high dollar graduates, also known as pro athletes. It also leads to a boost in sales for Purdue Logo materials.
It is a giant machine and it is a tough one to get started. If the goal is to climb from the cellar and wear our colors with pride, then it begins with telling that to the people that can actually control it. So let us begin sending our letters and emails to the board members and the University President saying, "Hey, we love our school and we want to not only get a great education here, but we also want to see our school shine in the national spotlight for decades to come!" Oh, and lay off Morgan Burke, it feels like people actually believe he has real control over our athletics programs, when the fact is that he can only do as much as his current situation will allow. We don't exactly rake in the athletic dollars to allow him to make huge sweeping changes without University assistance. Just a thought, Boiler Up!