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No. 73: Purdue

Last season’s bowl berth, Purdue’s first since 2007, was a just reward for a year pocked with would-be roadblocks: injuries, most notably, but also the sort of ineffective play that has plagued the program over the last half-decade. For overcoming those wounds — those out of his control and those self-inflicted — Danny Hope was rewarded with a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2016 season. The extension solidifies the future of the program; it’s not a mere token gesture, as adding two years to Hope’s contract sends along the message that he remains in the good graces of the university and its athletic department. But the new deal also comes with a mandate: improve. Sink or swim, as no amount of added years or extra zeroes will withstand further mediocrity, let alone a step back to a bowl-free existence in 2012 and beyond. But that sort of responsibility comes with the territory.
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    Ranking the Big Ten’s Class of Quarterbacks

    Another Wisconsin-themed hypothetical question: Where would you have ranked the Badgers’ quarterbacks against the rest of the Big Ten if Danny O’Brien had instead opted for, say, Penn State? If Wisconsin had gone into 2012 with options like Joe Brennan and Jon Budmayr, it would have joined Michigan State as the only two teams in the conference to not return a quarterback with at least one career start under his belt. So consider the toppling dominoes: O’Brien should start, which should push Brennan into a more fitting role as his backup, which will allow Budmayr to heal and former walk-on Joel Stave to develop.

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      For Marve, One Last Shot at a Starting Job

      Robert Marve broke his arm in a car accident months after he signed with Miami (Fla.) in February of 2007, which in hindsight can be viewed as a harbinger of rocky days to come. He took a redshirt that fall, in 2007, and was the starter — technically — for all but one game in 2008, when he split time with then-freshman Jacory Harris; Marve started, but Harris was the Hurricanes’ better option. With his competition looking like Miami’s future at the position, Marve, who was also going through some academic difficulties, opted to transfer following the 2008 season.

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        The Year in Review: Purdue (7-6, 4-4)

        For the first time since 2007, Purdue scored more points than it allowed. Not coincidentally, this fall saw the Boilermakers’ back in bowl play since that same year. This return to postseason action has been a long time coming, and the end result, a spot on national television in December, is the just rewards from a season pocked with would-be roadblocks: injuries, most notably, but also the sort of ineffective play that has plagued the program over the last half-decade. For overcoming those wounds — those out of his control and those self-inflicted — Danny Hope was rewarded with a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2016 season.

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          Sifting Through Rubble in Coral Gables

          One problem with numerical rankings is that they don’t provide for varying degrees: we know who’s 1 and who’s 2, but we don’t know the distance between 1 and 2, let alone 1 and 4, for example. Basically, we don’t know what’s going on between 1 and 2 or 2 and 3 or 3 and 4 and so on. That’s the problem with any list of programs coming under the N.C.A.A.’s watchful eye over the last 16 months; a list may go like this —

          1 Miami (Fla.)
          2 Ohio State
          3 U.N.C.
          4 U.S.C.

          — but that doesn’t do us much good, does it? You’ve got Miami there with a bullet, heads and shoulders above the rest, while the gap between 2 and 4 really depends on the eye of the beholder; my list was pretty arbitrary. All you can really say based off such a list is that Miami’s transgressions have been worse than the rest, and while that’s the right sentiment this list fails to illustrate just how much the program’s misdeeds blow everyone — not just over the last 16 months, but the last 16-plus years — out of the water.

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            Miami’s Non-Stop Revolving Door

            This story begins in the spring of 2003, when a much-ballyhooed freshman, Kyle Wright, enrolled at Miami (Fla.) a semester early in order to begin his ascension into the program’s pantheon of great quarterbacks. You know the names: Kelly, Kosar, Testaverde, Walsh, Torretta and Dorsey, among others. Wright had all the hype, he had the arm, he had all the goods — he just didn’t have the touch to be a good college quarterback. Or was coaching to blame? Whatever the reason — and each has his own hypothesis — Wright’s inability to live up to his potential was the first miss in a nearly-decade long series of missteps under center for Miami, which even in 2010 finds itself unable to locate the next sure thing at quarterback. This used to be a Miami birthright.

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              Purdue Faces Tough Big Ten Season

              Once promising, Robert Marve's 2010 season ended after three games with a knee injury.

              Is Rob Henry ready for this challenge? It’s a sizable task: at 2-2, Purdue needs all the help it can get in order to reach six wins and bowl play, a team goal heading into 2010. It wasn’t supposed to be this way — Henry was supposed to see the field in only a secondary role, in fact. Robert Marve’s injury, however, which followed an injury to leading receiver Keith Smith, has changed the tenor of a once-promising season. Now, with Big Ten play beginning next Saturday, the Boilermakers might be better off aiming for merely competitiveness, not the four wins needed to reach bowl eligibility.

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                The Countdown

                A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.