After four seasons, Purdue has seen enough of Danny Hope. He officially was fired Sunday. The school also announced wide receivers coach Patrick Higgins will serve as the interim coach for the team’s bowl game.
Purdue fired football coach Danny Hope on Sunday. In four seasons as the head man, Hope went 22-27 overall and 13-19 in the Big Ten. With Saturday’s win over Indiana, he got the Boilermakers (6-6) to their second consecutive bowl game. In the end, though, it wasn’t enough. Several of Hope’s players went to Twitter to react to the news. See some the tweets in this post.
Amid unrest about the direction of the football program, which sits at 0-4 in the Big Ten, Purdue A.D. Morgan Burke issued a statement Monday.
We capped off our coverage of the two-day Big Ten Media and Kickoff Luncheon with the 90-minute TV show Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon Special, with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. It included various interviews and analysis from the event in Chicago. Watch a number of video clips from that Friday night show in this post.
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Purdue coach Danny Hope discussed his quarterback situation among other topics during his press conference at Big Ten Media Day on Thursday. Find all of our Big Ten Media Day coverage.
Danny Hope admits that this is his best team at Purdue. He enters his fourth season in West Lafayette with a 16-21 record (10-14 Big Ten) after first arriving from Eastern Kentucky as Purdue’s head-coach-in-waiting in 2008 under Joe Tiller. Hope assumed command in 2009 and guided Purdue to its first bowl since 2007 last season, when the Boilers downed Western Michigan in the Little Caesar’s 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.
Purdue likely will have to make some type of decision on Danny Hope’s future. And a decision could be made this month.
On last week’s Step Into My Office, our Mike Hall sat down with Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald and the week before that it was Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema. And remember that if you get BTN2Go.com, you can watch all of the episodes right here. At 9 p.m. ET tonight on BTN, Hall takes you behind the scenes with Purdue head coach Danny Hope. Hall, who can be found on Twitter, @BTNMikeHall, filed a couple bonus Web-only video clips from his visit to West Lafayette. He also wrote a little about what it was like to hang with Hope, whose Boilermakers host Illinois at noon ET Saturday on ESPN2. Watch a bonus clip now and see more at the bottom of this post, plus read Hall’s comments.