Folks, we're getting our sorry butts kicked by our in state neighbors. IU, ND, and Butler are all collectively pointing and laughing at Purdue. ISU, and Ball State are right there with them. If our football program isn't at the bottom, I don't know how much further it can fall. A probable loss this weekend at IU will top off one of the absolute worst Big Ten teams to ever play the game. That's saying a lot, because there have been some abysmal Big Ten teams throughout history with the likes of the IUs and Northwesterns in the conference. Basketball doesn't seem to be making the progress everyone had hoped for. IU was able to overcome what was a near "NCAA death penalty" in basketball in a short three years to being ranked number one in the country and garnering a one seed in the tournament (albeit an early exit because their coach lets the tanning bed UV rays get to his brain). They lost a lot points from last year, but it doesn't look like they've taken much of a step backwards. Yet, Purdue can't seem to overcome the loss of a single recruiting class graduating in that same amount of time. Butler continues to play ball "the Butler way" with gritty defense and overall smart basketball - they're fun to watch. Ball State's football program is clicking, ND is back to competing for football championships, and ISU is leaps and bounds better in basketball these days.
So that begs the question - what the hell is going on with Purdue sports? When I say Purdue Sports I'm talking revenue sports. Yeah, its great that swimming, golf, volleyball etc. have had some success, but there is no reason that can't go hand in hand with respectable football and basketball programs. So where does the buck stop? Morgan J. Burke. Rather than the hiring of Joe Tiller what has Burke done right with Purdue Sports? I can't agree with some others that say Tiller over stayed his welcome and should have been forced out earlier, the man was due some loyalty for what he had done for Purdue football. But, replacing him with Danny Hope has to be one of the worst AVOIDABLE MISTAKES of all time in Purdue Athletics. The program was still at a point that the ship could be righted without much damage, but instead it was driven into the ground by going the cheap route and hiring an under qualified "coach." The verdict is still out on Hazell, but I can't say it looks very promising as we see it currently. The point is why try and go the cheap route, drive the program into the ground, then go out spend some money, on yet another somewhat unproven coach in Hazell three years later after what seems like insurmountable damage has been done to the program.
Basketball - once again, maybe mean Gene overstayed his welcome, but I think the man was due a little respect an loyalty for his time at Purdue. It looked like Burke had hit a grande slam with Painter, but its starting to look more and more like it was a single recruiting class that made that look so damned good. Painter hasn't shown that he can coach any other cast of players to play the same kind of basketball that the baby Boilers played. Up until recently Painter has swung and missed repeatedly on recruiting after the baby boiler class. Is that because Burke had his hands tied with a recruiting budget and assistant coaching budget? For increased revenue instead of trying to get more butts in seats at Mackey by keeping a quality product on the floor Burke removed real fans away from the court and installed premium seating. Now we have to see that section virtually empty for most games, or be seating for IU fans or other opposing teams. How much thought went into those seats? Hey I know, lets put those seats right behind the TV crew so that every game a national audience can see those seats empty all the time - or at least IU fans can see their buddies on TV when we play them! Things like this are absolutely horrible for recruiting.
By the way, who's idea do you think it was to have a "Black Out" at the OSU football game this year? An eight year old could have figured out that that was not going to work. A rock bottom Purdue team playing a top 3 OSU team whose fans travel like hoards of zombies to away games. Hey, let's try a blackout for that one!
Our athletic department is ran by people with the thinking power of toddlers. It is my opinion that we need a change at the top to bring a new culture to our sports programs. We ask that our football and basketball teams show some emotion from time to time, but why would they when our Athletic Department is full of emotionless drones content to continue on these nightmarish paths.