Danny Hope Out As Purdue Football Coach

By Dean Pantazi

Danny Hope Out As Purdue Football Coach

November 26, 2012 Updated Nov 26, 2012 at 1:49 AM EDT

WEST LAFAYETTE (www.incnow.tv) - Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke announced Sunday night that Danny Hope will not return as head football coach.

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.

“There is no question that our football program has seen considerable growth under Danny’s leadership, particularly in the areas of academics, player development and recruiting,” Burke said. “I applaud him for his passion about Purdue University and the young men he coaches. He and his staff have devoted their lives to improving the program, but as I told him earlier this afternoon, those efforts did not equate to the consistent on-field success that both of us expected.

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.

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