I believe she is genuine. I've read the entire thread. I believe the majority of posters here all want the same thing - a national championship and for all of our players to graduate and also stay off the police blotter. Unfortunately, when that doesn't happen, people, understandably become frustrated and subsequently express their opinions.
I believe there is a difference between being negative and being critical. A critical person looks at a program and areas where that program can be improved. This is what an industrial engineer is trained to do. But to be critical and suggest improvement actions, you also have to be realistic and honest. And sometimes to some, being realistic and honest comes across as being negative.
I also believe a person should reply to the message rather than the messenger. Just because a person disagrees with a post, does not give that person the authority to personally attack that poster. And that does happen frequently here when people present differing viewpoints.
I will disagree that forums such as this affect recruiting as much as people say they do. I say that because this forum is a lot more positive towards recruits than many other forums. the Kentucky and Duke forums can , at times, be much worse. And other message boards are also filled with many negative posters. and as our original poster pointed out, she didn't feel the need to post here until her son already signed with Purdue. I have to believe our school, Coach Painter and the players on our team played a much larger role in his decision than the posts made here. but, that's my opinion.
I believe our biggest level of conflict comes from our satisfaction level of success. We all want success.. But for some a BIG 10 title is not enough. For some making the sweet 16 is not enough. For some anything short of the final 4 is not a successful season.
And then you have people like myself who love to compare, analyze and speculate. I don't consider myself to be a negative poster. I don't look for fights or arguments. I don't usually badmouth other posters. But I often disagree with some of the viewpoints expressed here. And many people get tired of my rather, long posts. unfortunately, I'm a product of my education and job experience. I used to write military regulations and historical documents. and they had to be LONG ! and spell out everything.
Something to consider. Each year, over 7,000 new people come to Purdue to seek an education. Each year there are over 30,000 students at Purdue. that does not include alumni or parents or just fans. I'm going to speculate this forum does not have 30,000 posters. What you see here are the most passionate and die hard Purdue sports fans. and who is to say when a person is in the minority here and expresses a differing viewpoint, that that poster is not representing the actual opinion of the majority of students , alumni, parents and fans who don't post here? it's very possible the majority of opinions expressed here are actually a minority viewpoint. We really don't have positive proof either way.
I gladly welcome the original poster and any new boilermaker to post on this forum. and to not be discouraged if somebody with 20,000 posts disagrees with you. You'll soon find out that person disagrees with most other people too. You'll also find out there are people who will also agree with your comments. not always, but sometimes.
I have a degree from several universities. My first college degree and the one I'm proudest of is the one I earned at Purdue. EE 1979. and unlike most typical Purdue grads, the EE doesn't stand for Electrical Engineering. I don't lie or try to mislead people. My Purdue degree is in Elementary Education.
My son played AAU ball against some of the best players in the nation. Unfortunately, he was not good enough or tall enough to receive a Division 1 basketball scholarship. But he is good enough to be a decathlon track athlete at a top 20 rival Division 1 University. It wasn't my choice of schools. Ultimately, it was his. He's a senior this year, and his goal is to be a MVC decathlon champion and invite to the NCAA Track and Field Championship. and win or lose, I'll still cheer for him, but will also be realistic about his chances.
Welcome to this board. But most importantly, welcome to the Purdue family. We don't always behave or get along. Why? because we're FAMILY !