Dienhart: Burke will have to make decision on Hope

Amid unrest about the direction of the football program, which sits at 0-4 in the Big Ten, Purdue A.D. Morgan Burke issued a statement Monday.

Here is the full release:

“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.”

Just an innocuous statement that says little.

Here is all you need to know: Burke is going to have to make a decision on Hope after the season. Period. End of story.

Burke extended Hope’s deal after last season, pushing it through 2016.

Purdue is notoriously thrifty and frowns upon paying buyouts. And to dump Hope and his assistants would cost plenty. But can Burke and Purdue afford to keep Hope for a fifth season with attendance lagging?

And know this: Purdue has a new president in Mitch Daniels, which only adds to the intrigue.

There is no sense that the program is pointed upward. This was Hope’s self-professed best team. And it had the most returning starters of any Big Ten team. A defense that was billed as one of the Big Ten’s best has been a fantastic flop.

Purdue is 3-5 overall and has lost four in a row, all Big Ten games. A bowl game–of which there has been one under Hope–seems like a remote possibility.

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Colton on 10/29/2012 @ 10:48pm EDT Said:

I have lived in West Lafayette all my life except when I was in the military. While I was in fellow soldiers made fun of the fact I was a Purdue fan however I kept my school pride and had hope in Hope. Now the city as a whole the students at Purdue are emmbaraced to say we are fans. Danny Hope is referred to as Danny Hopeless these days. The man can’t call the right play to save his life, we could have beat ND but instead of keeping Marve in who showed he had the hot hand Hope placed him on the bench to start the 3rd and we went 3 and out and by the time he made the call to put him back in to give us a spark it was too late. The Ohio st game was a joke we had it in the bag and instead of trying to go for just one 1st down so we could take a knee the rest of the way and win he wanted to run the ball 3 times and punt which left time for them to score. He doesn’t man up to his mistakes and is making a good football team look like the worst team in the big ten and running the program into the ground, I can get free tickets and still don’t go to the games cause I know he is going to let us down. The man needs to be let go students, alumni, and city residents would all agree if we got a vote. I have no Hope in Hopeless and don’t really expect us to win again until Purdue bites the bullet pays him to leave and will fork out money for a good coach, then we can show how good of a team we are and get me and the majority of others to be willing to pay to go see our team play.

Bruce Bussell on 10/30/2012 @ 12:53am EDT Said:

I am a 4 year season ticket holder and will not re-up if this staff returns. Game planning is awful and very rigid. Wisconsin game was a great example of being out scouted and out planned with no ability to adjust to Wiscy’s mis-direction. No adjustments – I could see the defense sag & lose enthusiasm. Mich & Wiscy had our offense down pat. Nobody has anything bad to say about Danny Hope as a person, but it is obvious he lacks the intellectual chops to be a Head Coach and his OC Nord is very stubborn and predictable. Morgan Burke runs the FB program like a certain owner GM combination of an NFL team I used to have season tickets for. They ran the team on the cheap until fans stop showing up & they went into the red.

John on 10/30/2012 @ 11:33am EDT Said:

The team has talent…..plus a very good recruiting class (for Purdue standards) coming in. It’s a mystery as to why the team isn’t performing. We need a new coach to turn the light bulb on for these guys. My guess is there are locker room issues and some team division about the QB. Not sure TerBush is well liked. I think this is more a culture issue, than a talent issue.

Linda Langbehn on 11/3/2012 @ 10:22am EDT Said:

joe come home there’s no Hope!!!!!

Drew on 11/3/2012 @ 11:59am EDT Said:

I attended Purdue at the end of the Breeze era and at the beginning of the Orton era so I might be a little jaded. Since graduation I made it a point to go to at least half of the Home Purdue football games. I sat in the stands two years ago when Hope(less) called a terrible game and lost to Toledo. I again watch him call a terrible game against UM and throw it away. I refuse to attend a Purdue football game until he is removed.