Danny Hope and his players had to have thought they had done everything they needed to do to keep Hope's job safe.
Purdue was 3-5 when athletic director Morgan Burke implied that Hope's job was tied to the Boilermakers' record in the final month. So the Boilermakers' pulled together, won three of their final four contests and became bowl eligible.
But it wasn't enough.
Purdue announced Sunday afternoon that Hope was not being retained after four seasons with the program.
Purdue came into this season with high expectations. Many, including Hope, believed the Boilermakers could be the surprise team to take the Big Ten Leaders Division by storm. But a five-game losing streak in the middle of the season proved to be Purdue's undoing.
Some might point to Hope's decision to play quarterback Caleb Terbush over Robert Marve, who seemed to be the better choice. Marve started the team's final four games.But in the end, the wins were too few.
Hope leaves Purdue with a 21-27 record, including a 12-19 mark in conference.
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