WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - When Purdue Head Football Coach Danny Hope was asked about his future with Purdue in a press conference, his answer was certain.
"I'm not concerned about that one bit to be quite honest with you," Hope said to a reporter.
Yet, while Hope feels confident he's the man for the job, the reaction on campus seems much different.
"The team is not great," said Purdue student Dan Nesidal.
"We're not doing so hot," said Purdue student Jay Beltz.
"I don't think they're doing that well," Purdue student Sara Dipret said.
When asked what they think the future holds for Danny Hope? The reaction was similar.
"He's probably going to be gone at the end of the season," said Beltz.
"I know it's probably bad to say, but he's done a few good things for Purdue football, and it might just be his time to go," said Nesidal.
Yet, disappointment isn't just showing on Purdue fan's faces, it's reflecting in ticket sales as well.
Purdue Associate Athletics Director Tom Schott said the budget set for ticket sales this year was set at $10 million. He said that's a budget they're not expecting to meet.
"You don't reach your goal, it's always disappointing," said Schott. "But again, we realize there are some factors that played a part. We will re-evaluate when the season is over and hopefully do a better job to meet that number a year from now."
Schott said they are expected to be about $900,000 short of that $10 million budget by the end of the season.
So far, overall attendance is down about 2,000 per game compared to 2011. Schott said bad weather and games on holiday weekends could be a factor for low ticket sales, but he said he knows other factors do come into play.
"Well, I would be naive not to understand that low team performance greatly affects ticket sales," said Schott.
Yet, Schott said with an average attendance between 40,000 and 50,000 per game, he's not too concerned. He said to date, ticket sales for the IU game are at 38,000, but that's in a stadium that holds more than 62,000.
Schott said he does believe tickets sales for the IU game will be more than 40,000, but he said no matter what, they're expecting much better news next season.
"Our goal will be to sharpen our pencils and get ready for 2013 once we close the books on 2012," said Schott.
The question might be, will Danny Hope be leading that campaign?
The Boilermakers face the Indiana Hoosiers for their final home game of the season on Nov. 24. In case you're wondering, tickets are still available.
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