A strong finish for Purdue wasn't enough to save Danny Hope's job.
One day after Purdue retained the Old Oaken Bucket 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 it official.
Hope went 22-27 in four mostly injury-ravaged seasons. He ended the school's three-year bowl drought last season and brought Purdue its first bowl title since 2007 by winning the Little Caesars Bowl in Detroit and was given a two-year contract extension in December that runs through the 2016 season.
Last year's late-season success raised expectations inside and outside the program -- expectations that fell flat this season and resulted in too many empty seats in the stands.
The move was not a big surprise. Speculation had been swirling about Hope's future in West Lafayette since mid-October when the Boilermakers began a five-game losing streak with blowout losses at home ...