April 14, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue athletics director Morgan J. Burke today announced that head football coach Danny Hope has agreed to a one-year contract extension, which will keep him on the Boilermaker sideline through the 2014 season. The extension provides guaranteed compensation of $900,000 for 2010, with bonus opportunities tied to academic, athletic and paid attendance performance that could total up to an additional $500,000.
Hope initially signed a six-year contract with the Boilermakers on Jan. 11, 2008, with the first year as associate head coach and the remaining five as head coach. He became the 34th head football coach in school history Jan. 1, 2009.
"Beginning with the day he returned to Purdue, Danny has followed a master plan for our football program that focuses on our core values of success on the field, in the classroom and in the community," Burke said. "The results in his first year as head coach were encouraging, and we are confident that great days are ahead. We are pleased that Danny and his wife, Sally, are committed to our quest for national prominence."
In his first season at the helm, the Boilermakers completed a successful rebuilding year with a 5-7 overall record and 4-4 Big Ten Conference mark. Sitting with a 1-5 record in mid-October, the Boilermakers began the second half of the season with a thrilling 26-18 win over seventh-ranked and eventual Rose Bowl champion Ohio State at Ross-Ade Stadium. The victory snapped a 19-game losing skid to ranked opponents. Three weeks later, the Boilermakers defeated Michigan 38-36 for their first road victory since 2007 and their first win in Ann Arbor in 43 years. Moreover, Purdue beat Ohio State and Michigan in the same season for only the third time in school history (also 1984 and 2000). The Boilermakers closed the season with a 38-21 win at Indiana to keep possession of the Old Oaken Bucket.
Academically, the football team's cumulative grade-point average has risen from 2.66 to 2.81. Fifty Boilermakers achieved a 3.0 GPA during the fall 2009 semester.
"I feel good about the foundation that has been laid since I came back to Purdue in 2008, but we have a lot of work to do to get where we want to be as a football program," Hope said. "The support of President Córdova, Morgan Burke and entire campus has been tremendous, and I appreciate the confidence shown in me and my staff by extending my contract. It is great to be a Boilermaker, and we will continue to pour our heart and soul into making this program one that will make all Purdue fans proud."
Hope has a career record of 40-29 (.580 winning percentage) that includes five seasons at Eastern Kentucky University. He was an assistant at Purdue under head coach Joe Tiller from 1997 to 2001.
A native of Gainesville, Fla., Danny and Sally have a son, Chaz, a sophomore at Eastern Kentucky.