Purdue University dismissed head football coach Danny Hope Sunday. Hope coached Purdue to a 6-6 season and the Boilermaker’s back to back bowl appearances. He was let go despite finishing the season with a three game winning streak including a win Saturday over instate rival Indiana 56-35.
However, Purdue Hope had failed to raise the Purdue level of play up to expectations and game attendance has continued to fall. Hope’s overall record at Purdue in four seasons was 22-27. Patrick Higgins, the current receivers coach will be the interim coach for the Boilermakers’ bowl game.
“Make no bones about it, we want to go to Pasadena. That’s what it’s about,” Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke said. “We’ve got to put ourselves in a position to do that.”
Purdue was tagged as a potential dark horse in the Leaders division at the beginning of the season. Their was talk of a shot at the B1G title enhanced by a weakened division where neither Ohio State nor Penn State could participate in post-season play for disciplinary reasons. Purdue finished 3-5 in B1G play.
Hope was the lowest paid football coach in the B1G raking in only $900,000 per year. (I can’t believe I just wrote only $900,000) Hope was contracted through 2016 but his buyout was only $600,000.
GoldandBlack.com reports the decision to fire Hope was made after “a 38-14 loss to Wisconsin Oct. 13, that essentially sealed Hope’s fate and compelled Purdue to decide a change would be made following the season.
And in recent weeks, Purdue, as it did a year ago prior to extending Hope’s contract, mobilized for a coaching search, researching potential candidates and asking for monetary contributions, seeking to put together a war chest of a targeted amount of around $4.5 million for its pursuit of its next staff.”