|Things aren't looking too good for Danny Hope and Purdue. (US Presswire)|
The vote of confidence is seldom a good thing for a football coach, but without doing the math, I think having your athletic director issue a public statement about you is probably more dangerous to your job status.
So Danny Hope should probably be a bit worried right now.
"Everyone around our football program has high expectations for the 2012 season," Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke said in a prepared statement Monday.
"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."
Reading between the lines I think that says "START WINNING, PLEASE." The caps are how you know Burke is serious.
There have been plenty of Purdue fans calling for Hope's job this season, and it's hard to blame them for feeling that way. Before the season began Hope said this would be the best team he's had since coming to Purdue. Considering the Boilermakers were coming off a winning season and a victory in the Little Caesar's Bowl -- the Rose Bowl of pizza-sponsored bowls -- it was only natural that expectations would be raised for 2012.
I considered Purdue to be a dark horse to win the Leaders Division this season.
Instead the Boilermakers are 3-5 with those three wins coming against stalwarts like Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Michigan and Marshall. The good news for Hope and the Boilermakers is there are still a couple games on the schedule that are winnable.
I just don't know if winning them will be enough.