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Division race, petition and other notes

In the mix

Purdue is tied for second place in the Leaders Division. Penn State has a 4-0 conference record. The Boilermakers are tied with Wisconsin at 2-1 in Big Ten play.

“It sounds great today,” Purdue coach Danny Hope said. “It doesn’t mean anything if we don’t win Saturday (at Michigan). Can’t spend a whole lot of time on that. We have to get ready to play. It's going to be a tremendous challenge.”

Paying players

Injured Purdue quarterback Rob Henry was quoted in a story by The Association Press about players asking for a piece of the television sports revenue.

“Without the athletes, there are no Division I sports,” Henry told The Associated Press. “There are no TV contracts, there are no coaches contracts. Athletes should be the No. 1 priority.”

Purdue coach Danny Hope said he knew “very little” about the petition when asked during his weekly news conference Tuesday.

“I heard about it this morning, and I'll get with the players about it a little later on, but very little or interaction about it. It's all brand new to me.

The story said 72 of Henry’s teammates signed a petition. Quarterback Caleb TerBush and defensive tackle Kawann Short said they both signed the petition when asked during Purdue’s weekly news conference.

“Who don’t like money,” Short said with a laugh.

Confidence continues for TerBush

Caleb TerBush has thrown for 1,127 yards and eight touchdowns this season. He’s gained a lot of confidence along the way.

“The first game you’re learning,” said TerBush, who started fall camp as the No. 3 quarterback but became the starter after a season-ending knee injury to Rob Henry and Robert Marve’s slow recovery from a knee injury. “I’m still learning now, but things start slowing down once you get more comfortable. And it builds your confidence, too.”

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