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Purdue AD issues statement on football program

Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke issued a statement Monday detailing the state of the Boilermakers football program.

Purdue is mired in a four-game losing streak, with only one game decided by less than 15 points. At 3-5 on the season, the Boilermakers must win three of their final four contests to reach bowl eligibility. 

"Everyone around our football program has high expectations for the 2012 season," Burke said. "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," he 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."

After leading Purdue to a win in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl last season, Hope received a two-year contract extension lasting through the 2016 season. In his fourth season after taking over for Joe Tiller, Hope is 19-26 at the helm for Purdue.