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Boilermakers make quick decision to fire Hope


Posted on Nov. 25, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.

INDIANAPOLIS — 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.


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 FILE - In this Nov. 20, 1964, file photo, Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian, left, and team captain James Carroll are shown during a practice session in South Bend. Notre Dame was at rock bottom when Ara Parseghian took over 50 years ago. The Irish finished the season 2-7 in 1963 and the only thing that kept them from matching the worst record in school history set in 1956 was the game against Iowa was cancelled because of the assassination of John Kennedy.  (AP Photo/Charles Knoblock, File)

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