It looks like I may get my wish that I iterated in this post regarding Purdue football coach Joe Tiller.
Before you guys start pounding me, I have nothing really against Tiller, I think he’s a perfectly fine coach. My problem is that I don’t think the administration in West Lafayette has a sense of urgency about the football program, and Tiller is emblematic of that. We haven’t been competitive for the Big 10 title since 2002, and we’ve spent the years since our Rose Bowl visit (with Drew Brees) going to crappy little bowls, and even losing the Oaken Bucket to the (spit) Hoosiers.
That’s my problem – I feel like there is a sense of complacency with Purdue football, that Tiller is perfectly happy being a middle-bottom tier Big 10 team, going 8-5 and pounding MAC teams in the Motor City Bowl. I like winning records, and I want that continue, but I’d like to see winning records in the Big 10, I’d like us to beat Ohio State, I want the damn Bucket back. Sure, we lead the Bucket series 68-36 (with 6 ties), but it’s not enough to just pound IU every year.
Purdue could compete in the Big 10 again; but I just don’t think it’s going to happen under Tiller.