Danny Hope coached 10 years at Louisville with Howard Schnellenberger, then followed the Colonel to OU, serving as the Sooner offensive line coach in 1995.
Then hope hooked up with Joe Tiller and became a Tiller disciple, so much so that Hope was designated the coach-in-waiting at Purdue and took over when Tiller retired after the 2008 season.
But in four seasons at Purdue, Hope is 19-27, including an 0-5 Big Ten record this year. The Boilermakers took Notre Dame to the mat in South Bend before losing 20-17 on Sept. 8. Since then, Purdue has beaten only Eastern Michigan and Marshall.
Purdue, 3-6, finishes the season with three weak Big Ten opponents: Iowa on Saturday, Illinois, Indiana. But only Indiana is at home. Hope needs three wins to be bowl eligible and perhaps save his job.