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Hope runs out: Purdue releases its coach after four seasons

Danny Hope, Kawann Short AP

(We are so, so sorry for that terrible headline) 

As expected, the Sunday following the last major college football weekend (for most teams) is turning into a festival of firings. Tom O’Brien (North Carolina State) and Gene Chizik (Auburn) are two coaches that have already been shown the door. Now, you can add Purdue coach Danny Hope to that group.

The university announced Sunday that Hope has been relieved of his duties as head coach after just four seasons.  Wide receivers coach Patrick Higgins will serve as interim head coach for the Boilermakers’ bowl game.

Hope will receive a $600,000 buyout for his efforts, or lack thereof.

“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,” athletic director Morgan Burke said. “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.

The move comes just one day after the Boilermakers beat Indiana 56-35 to end the season on a three-game winning streak.

Hope is 23-27 overall and 13-19 in the Big Ten during his four years with the Boilermakers. Hope’s best season came last year when Purdue went 7-6. He took over the program in 2009, succeeding Joe Tiller.

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8 Responses to “Hope runs out: Purdue releases its coach after four seasons”
  1. kozbee says: Nov 25, 2012 5:24 PM

    Must be the season for the coaches.

  2. kiopta1 says: Nov 25, 2012 5:27 PM

    Good coach but its an industry for winners and if you don’t do it enough or fast enough you don’t keep the job for long.

  3. hovenaut says: Nov 25, 2012 5:42 PM

    OSU fan, nothing but respect for Coach Hope. Gave Ohio State fits, couldn’t really break through to the top tier.

  4. thejjtrain says: Nov 25, 2012 6:19 PM

    Really his best season was ’09. a few plays away from 10-2, and none of the revolving qb circus. and no he wasnt a good coach. Ohio state was the only top big ten team his teams competed with and that includes a 49-0 vacated stomp. He has losses to Toledo, Rice, NIU, never beat ND and only has winning records against IU and Illinois in the big ten, who are usually terrible. He was a coach who beat up most the teams he was supposed to beat, had a couple upsets, and get destroyed by the higher echelon teams. The fan base completely jumped ship well before this news. how he survived this long is a thing in and of itself

  5. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 25, 2012 6:32 PM

    Holey shit, what are we up to….15 openings now?

    There were 29 new coaches hired aftere the 2011 season, honestly I dont know where all these new guys are coming from but its going to be interesting.

    BTW, Gruden is a done deal in Knoxville. Bank it. LOL

  6. watchfullhose says: Nov 25, 2012 6:40 PM

    To quote Danny Hope “Get used to it”

  7. queenlivekillers says: Nov 25, 2012 11:45 PM

    The wins and losses were part of the reason, fan apathy was another. Purdue had lost 1/3 of it’s season ticket holders. Announced attendance and actual attendance were two very different numbers. Some in the administration may have been content with a team that finished a few games over .500 and did so on a shoestring, but it became evident that they were well in the minority. Boiler fans demand better. Now we have a chance to get it.

  8. whitdog23 says: Nov 27, 2012 9:47 AM

    Gruden is NOT going to Knoxville — guaranteed

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