Dienhart: Purdue, Hope to talk deal after bowl

Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke said on Wednesday that he will talk about extending Danny Hope’s contract after the season. Hope has three years left on his deal, which calls for a review by Dec. 31.

“I haven’t had a chance to sit down with him and talk about his view of the season, what he liked, what he didn’t like, what his plans are,” Burke told the Journal and Courier in Lafayette, Indiana (read the full story here). “I’m not going to do a guy’s personnel review in the newspaper. That’s not fair.

“Let the season get done and we’ll have an opportunity to sit down. If I tell you we’re going to work something out … the implication is if we don’t do anything in 24 hours, there’s something wrong.”

Hope just finished his third season in West Lafayette, holding a 15-21 mark. He has the Boilermakers in a bowl for the first time since 2007, guiding Purdue to a 6-6 record and spot in the Little Caesar’s Bowl against Western Michigan.

As I wrote last week, maintaining a four- or five-year cushion in a contract isn’t necessary, but it’s a desirable situation for coaches who want to show recruits they have long-term viability. Hope has even said so.

Goldandblack.com had a little more on this, too.

“He is on a long-term contract,” Burke said. “At the end of the day, this is the hardest-working head coach when it comes to recruiting that I have ever seen. I haven’t seen him. He was at practice yesterday, but he’s gone again today. I can’t sit down with him.

“Every time we sit down at the end of the year, that has led us to a lot of the things. I want to sit down with him at the end of the year and have that opportunity. He is under a long-term contract, and you can say to yourself that it is only three years and recruits are looking for five, but what are they saying (right now) at Kansas (where the Jayhawks fired Turner Gill after two years)?

‘We will get something worked out.”

Tom Dienhart is a senior writer for BTN.com. Find all of his work at www.btn.com/tomdienhart, follow Dienhart on Twitter at @BTNTomDienhart, send a question to his weekly mailbag here, and click here to subscribe to his RSS feed.

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CO on 12/15/2011 @ 10:46pm EST Said:

Never have been impressed with Hope, extending him now seems like a wishful thinking move based on no substance. Let him get one more season under his belt then check his body of work hell he has 3 years left its not like other programs are knocking on his door. Yes Purdue is bowl bound but is a 6-6 record acceptable for this program?

    Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer on 12/16/2011 @ 1:17pm EST Said:

    Look, I think Hope will get extended. AD Morgan Burke was vocal in his support of Hope. And it’s just not Purdue’s style to pull the plug quickly on coaches. And Hope has shown some progress, but lack of ticket sales hurt him to a degree. Still, he could be on the verge of turning the corner. A bowl win would REALLY help with momentum and energy heading into 2012.

Ben St John on 12/16/2011 @ 2:54pm EST Said:

I personally think that Danny Hope should be fired. While their has been some positives (Ohio State and Michigan 2009) the negatives have far outweighed the positives. In Joe Tiller’s 12 years as head coach, he lost to two non BCS schools. Danny Hope has lost to three. Ticket sales are where they were at the end of the Jim Colletto era. The economy alone is not enough to explain that. Coach Hope does not represent Purdue with class with the way he talks to the media and fans, never accepting blame in a loss, and acting like a total idiot whenever Purdue does something successful. Hope really has had 4 years with the Purdue program including his head coach in waiting year. Danny Hope should be fired.