The Purdue football team began the Big Ten season as a potential sleeper pick for the Leaders Division title.
But the Boilermakers (3-5, 0-4 Big Ten) have lost four straight, with the most recent a 44-28 setback at Minnesota.
Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke released a statement with his thoughts on the season on Monday.
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, Burke said.
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.
Yankees to keep Granderson, Cano
The New York Yankees exercised their $15 million contract options for second baseman Robinson Cano and outfielder Curtis Granderson for next season.
Cooley leads Irish in exhibition game
Jack Cooley had 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting and Jerian Grant had 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting, as Notre Dame’s won its exhibition opener, 111-52 over Quincy, at Purcell Pavilion.
NCAA to weigh enforcement rules
The NCAA’s board of directors is ready to make sweeping changes in enforcement policy. After months of debate among the schools, the committee will consider a proposal today that is intended to speed up the litigation process, hold head coaches more accountable for infractions and expand the penalty structure from two tiers to four.
Clemson names AD
Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich was hired as Clemson’s AD, replacing Terry Don Phillips, who announced his retirement in August.
Plenty of honors for Notre Dame
Notre Dame was named the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl national team of the week, and quarterback Everett Golson, linebacker Manti Te’o and kicker Kyle Brindza each picked up independent players of the week awards after Saturday’s 30-13 win over Oklahoma. Golson (177 passing yards, 64 rushing yards, 1 TD) was named the offensive player of the week. Te’o (11 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT) was named the defensive players of the week. Brindza (3 field goals) was named the special teams player of the week. Also, safety Zeke Motta was named one of 15 semifinalists for the Jim Thorp Award, given to college football’s top defensive back.
Cougars up to 6th in latest NAIA poll
Saint Francis bumped up to sixth in the weekly NAIA coaches poll released Monday. The Cougars (6-2) moved from seventh, replacing Carroll, Mont., which lost to Southern Oregon. Saint Francis defeated Siena Heights 31-7 on Saturday and will face Taylor in the final regular season home game Saturday at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium.
Conference honors Trine’s Hence
Trine’s JaVontae Hence was chose as the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week. A wide receiver and return man, Hence, a senior, had 304 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in a 45-28 road victory over Hope. He had an 82-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 93-yard touchdown reception, which tied a conference record.
Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave is done for the season after breaking his left collarbone against Michigan State on Saturday. Junior Danny O’Brien and senior Curt Phillips will vie for the starting spot for Wisconsin (6-3, 3-2 Big Ten Conference).
No. 8 Florida will be without receiver Solomon Patton for the rest of the season after the junior broke his left arm in Saturday’s 17-9 loss to Georgia.
Carroll coach receives honor
Carroll coach Doug Dinan was named a Colts/NFL Coach of the Week after his Chargers beat Penn 14-13 in a Class 5A sectional semifinal Friday. Dinan will be presented the award at the school Wednesday.
McIlroy takes match with Woods
Rory McIlroy shot a 5-under 67 to beat Tiger Woods by one stroke in an 18-hole exhibition match between the world’s two top-ranked golfers in Zhengzhou, China.
NY race unlikely to be disrupted
New York City Marathon organizers expect Hurricane Sandy to have little effect on Sunday’s race. We have time on our side, New York Road Runners President Mary Wittenberg said during a conference call as wind and rain started to batter the city. Organizers have enough time to prepare the course and for runners to travel to the city after the storm passes through. And if flooding or other damage affects the course or logistics, organizers have contingency plans.