Things surrounding the football program in West Lafayette are getting ridiculous.
Yesterday, another member of the Purdue football squad was arrested, this time on a battery charge.
It seems like Purdue fans are more likely to see headlines surrounding law enforcement than on-the-field performance.
In several situations, blame can be placed on stupidity. Young people in a new environment, trying to make the most of their college years, and going too far is something that regularly occurs on a college campus.
But this hasn’t been just a few stupid decisions, and I am placing the blame on the shoulders of coach Danny Hope.
It seems that ever since the arrival of Hope on Purdue’s campus, the football team has struggled both on and off the field.
On-field performance has been subpar, with only one winning season in his first three years, making several Purdue supporters (including myself) wonder how he received a contract extension after a 7-6 mark last year.
Even more disappointing than Hope’s lack of success on the football field has been his lack of skills in dealing with player personalities and team issues.
In my opinion, the number of behavioral problems outside of the gridiron is enough to warrant Hope’s release as head football coach of the black and gold.
Not only has Purdue’s football program been in trouble with legal issues, but academically, as well.
It’s not worth bringing up player names or stating specific charges. The bottom line is that something needs to be done to control this problem.
Typically, when something of this nature presents itself in West Lafayette, Hope will show disappointment in his player but will also express that people make mistakes and second chances are warranted.
While it is always reassuring to know your ball coach has your back, this has got to end.
The only way to put a stop to the arrests, poor grades, and eligibility issues is if Hope puts his foot down and begins to severely punish players who aren’t willing to follow team rules, campus policies, and state laws.
At this point, it’s the only way these players will learn.
The poor performance on the field and the constant legal trouble that Purdue football players have gotten themselves into has negatively affected the fan base, as fewer and fewer Boilermaker enthusiasts are buying into Danny Hope, both as a head coach and as a disciplinarian.
It’s becoming embarrassing to the fans and the community that supports the Boilermaker football program.
With Purdue fans becoming more disgruntled with the football program, Hope better get his guys with the program and focus on their performance on the field rather than behind bars.
If not, Hope’s days as Purdue’s head coach are numbered.