Multiple sources are reporting today that Purdue sophomore quarterback Justin Siller has been dismissed from the university for an academic-related issue. Siller relieved injured Boilermaker quarterback Curtis Painter in 2008, making three starts and appearing in nine games total. He entered spring practice competing with senior Joey Elliott for the 2009 starting job.
The Lafayette Journal and Courier quoted first-year Purdue coach Danny Hope as saying, "Justin made a mistake—a bad decision—and deserved to be punished. Our hope was that he would not be punished to the extent he has been. Now it is our responsibility to accept the decision and move forward. Justin is a fine young man, and we wish him nothing but the best."
Siller was named the Co-Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week in November after throwing for 266 yards and three touchdowns in a thrilling 48-42 victory over Michigan. He also compiled 77 rushing yards and a fourth score on the ground in his breakout game.
Many Boilermaker fans have looked to Siller as a dual-threat star-in-the-making; instead, his former battle with Elliott for the starting quarterback role is now the least of his worries. The Journal and Courier article stated that Siller was dismissed "through the 2009-10 academic year".
Purdue entered spring camp already missing much of its offensive production from a year ago, due to the graduation of quarterback Curtis Painter, wide receiver Greg Orton, running back Kory Sheets, and other high-profile weapons. Now, only time will tell if Justin Siller has also taken his last snap as a member of the Old Gold and Black.