Danny Hope Fired as Purdue Head Coach

Richard LangfordCorrespondent INovember 25, 2012

MADISON, WI - NOVEMBER 05:  Head coach Danny Hope of the Purdue Boilermakers watches as his team takes on the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 5, 2011 in Madison Wisconsin.  Wisconsin defeated Purdue 62-17.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Purdue Boilermakers are now hopeless.

 

UPDATE: Sunday, November 25 at 5:22 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Purduesports.com confirmed that "Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke has announced that Danny Hope will not return as head football coach."

Burke also had this to say in the report:

There is no question that our football program has seen considerable growth under Danny's leadership, particularly in the areas of academics, player development and recruiting. I applaud him for his passion about Purdue University and the young men he coaches. He and his staff have devoted their lives to improving the program, but as I told him earlier this afternoon, those efforts did not equate to the consistent on-field success that both of us expected.

I want to personally thank Danny and his wife, Sally, for their contributions not only to Purdue but to the Greater Lafayette community.

 

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They have fired head football coach Danny Hope after just four seasons on the job, according to GoldandBlack.com:

GoldandBlack.com has learned that #Purdue coach Danny Hope has been fired.

— GoldandBlack.com (@GoldandBlackcom) November 25, 2012

It has been a four-year stretch of complete mediocrity. This latest season was the last straw. 

Purdue got off to a strong start this season. It won three of its first four, and the one blemish was a three-point loss to Notre Dame. At that point, this team seemed like a lock to have a winning season. 

However, following that, it went on a five-game losing streak, which likely sealed Hope's fate.

Purdue simply wasn't making any gains under Hope. The Boilermakers enjoyed one winning season under Hope. That came a season ago when they finished the regular season 6-6 and went on to win the Little Caesars Bowl 37-32 over Western Michigan.

However, the team took another step back this season, and the university is now understandably ready to move on.

Hope came to this job after compiling a 35-22 record while coaching Eastern Kentucky from 2003 to 2007, and he seemed like the perfect replacement for Joe Tiller at Purdue.

One of Hope's previous stops was as an offensive line coach on Tiller's staff at Purdue. 

Purdue is now at a serious crossroads. This once-proud program has fallen off the map of relevancy, and it is going to take the perfect hire for it to return. 

That means Purdue will either have to do its homework and find the right fit from a group of up-and-comers, or open up its pocketbook to hire a big-name coach.