Purdue reeling on and off field

Purdue coach Danny Hope says he's not worried about the statement athletic director Morgan Burke released about the state of the program.

Hope is on the hot seat because the Boilermakers, expected to challenge for a Rose Bowl berth this season, have started 0-4 in the Big Ten and are in danger of missing out on postseason play.

Hope said Tuesday he was more concerned about Saturday's home game against Penn State.

Purdue was crushed in back-to-back home games to start the Big Ten season - 44-13 against Michigan and 38-14 against Wisconsin. The Boilermakers looked like they might be ready to turn the corner with a solid effort in a 29-22 overtime loss to Ohio State, but they lost 44-28 at Minnesota last week.