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. Hope, who receives a $600,000 buyout, compiled a 22-27 overall record and 13-19 Big Ten mark, never getting the program over the proverbial hump after following the glorious Joe Tiller era. This was supposed to be the season that happened, as Hope said this was his best team yet with more starters returning than any other Big Ten squad. Alas, it didn’t happen. “I wish
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. [RELATED: Dienhart: Hope never got Purdue over proverbial hump] We'll give everything we have to win one more game for ya, coach. Can't wait for the bowl game. — Crosby Wright (@CWright1001) November
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. Here is the full release: “Everyone around our football program has high expectations for the 2012 season. We have worked very hard over the past four years to improve our personnel, facilities and every phase of our program, which is evident. Our student-athletes, alumni, fans, coaching staff and administration all expect to see the program move forward and take a step up the postseason ladder. Currently, our performance has kept us from reaching our goals.
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. Also, see Denard Robinson’s speech to the crowd, learn more from Friday’s media sessions, find out about all the Big Ten uniform changes here, and see what your Big Ten mascots were up to lately. All of our coverage can be found
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. Now, Hope is aiming for more. His tenure has been marked by knee injuries to key players. Running back Ralph Bolden and quarterbacks Robert Marve and Rob Henry have incurred knee injuries that
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
Purdue likely will have to make some type of decision on Danny Hope’s future. And a decision could be made this month. Hope, 52, has just three years left on his contract, which runs through 2014. Coaches typically work with five years on their contracts for recruiting purposes. Hope had his contract extended one year in April 2010 following a 5-7 mark in 2009. In December 2010, Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke balked at extending Hope’s contract after a 4-8 season. But Burke recently gave Hope a positive review. As a point of comparison, Michigan State gave a new deal
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