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National college pregame: Purdue coach needs a win in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Tuesday to avoid a losing season
by Berry Tramel Published: December 24, 2011
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Danny Hope was Howard Schnellenberger's offensive line coach at OU in 1995. Then Hope was gone, along with the Colonel and the rest of his staff.

Hope re-emerged on Joe Tiller's staff at Purdue and helped make the Boilermakers relevant in the Big Ten. Hope eventually was named Purdue's head-coach designate and now is three years into his own head coaching career.

It's not going well. Purdue gave Hope a two-year contract extension on Friday, but that is believed to be cosmetic. Hope is 15-21 in three years at West Lafayette, Ind., despite going 4-4 in the Big Ten both this season and in 2009.

The Boilermakers upset Ohio State 26-23 in overtime on Nov. 12, for their only notable victory this year.

Purdue plays Western Michigan in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Tuesday. A loss would send Purdue to its fourth straight losing season.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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