Boilermakers make quick decision to fire Hope
Posted: 11/25/2012 at 7:45 pm
By: Associated Press
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Purdue head coach Danny Hope watches a replay as his team played Indiana during the second half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. Purdue defeated Indiana 56-35. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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.