Danny Hope is out as Purdue's football coach. One day after the Boilermakers defeated Indiana 56-35 and became bowl eligible for the second straight season, Athletic Director Morgan Burke announced Sunday that Hope had been fired.
After replacing the winningest coach in school history, Hope went 22-27 in four seasons with teams that were ravaged by injuries. Last season's strong finish ended a three-year bowl drought and after winning the Little Caesars Bowl in Detroit, Hope was given a two-year contract extension in December that runs through the 2016 season.
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.