This is supposed to be a breakthrough year for Purdue and Danny Hope. But the Boilermakers aren't going to get anywhere if they don't tighten up the ship.
Earlier this week, the team dismissed starting middle linebacker Dwayne Beckford after his fourth arrest since June 2011. And on Saturday, not long before kicking off the season opener, the Boilers announced that starting quarterback Caleb TerBush would serve a one-game suspension for violating team rules.
Hope had said his team would need to show more discipline and accountability to get to the next level. Having key members of the team -- especially the starting QB -- get in this kind of trouble so close to the start of the season is not a positive sign.
At least Purdue can finally survive an unexpected loss of a quarterback. Robert Marve will start today, and Rob Henry will back him up. They'll both probably play, and Eastern Kentucky shouldn't pose too much of a problem.
But there's a bigger issue here for the Boilers, and that's getting their act together. If they really want to have a breakthrough season, they'd better start having everybody pull in the same direction.