Boilermakers make quick decision to fire Hope
Danny Hope is out as Purdue's football coach.
One day after the Boilermakers retained the Old Oaken Bucket with a 56-35 victory over Indiana and became bowl eligible for the second straight season, athletic director Morgan Burke announced that Hope had been fired. The school has called a 6:30 p.m. news conference to make the official announcement.
After replacing the winningest coach in school history, Hope went 22-27 in four seasons with teams that were ravaged by injuries.
But last season's strong finish ended a three-year bowl drought and after winning the Little Caesars Bowl, fans expected more.
Hope and his players promised to deliver and a promising 3-1 start had the Boilermakers in position for big things.
Instead, Purdue lost its next five games before winning its last three. That wasn't good enough.
Hope, who was in his fourth season as head coach of the Boilermakers, will not coach the team in the upcoming bowl game. He compiled a 22-27 record at Purdue, including a 13-19 mark in Big Ten Conference games and a 15-13 mark at Ross-Ade Stadium.
Hope, who is under contract through the 2016 season, will receive a $600,000 buyout.
A national search is under way for Hope's replacement.
Wide receivers coach Patrick Higgins will serve as interim head coach for the bowl game.