Purdue extends Hope through 2016

Purdue and head football coach Danny year contract extension through the 2016 season.

Hope has led the Boilermakers to a 6-6 record this season, his third year at the helm. Purdue will play Western Michigan in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Tuesday at Ford Field in Detroit.

"Returning to postseason play is something we thought would happen last year, but the unbelievable and unprecedented number of injuries set us back," Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke said. "The 2011 team fought its way back to the bowl scene by winning two of its final three games, including a victory over Indiana to return the Old Oaken Bucket to Purdue."

Hope's record stands at 15-21 in his three years at Purdue. Prior to that, he compiled a 35-22 mark as head coach at Eastern Kentucky over five seasons. Hope, who was Purdue's offensive line coach from 1997 to 2001, was hired back by Purdue in January 2008 as the associate head coach under Joe Tiller, who retired after the 2008 campaign.

"I believe this season was a step in the right direction and reinforced the positive impact of the plan that Morgan and I had when I returned to Purdue," Hope said. "We still have ground to cover and lots of work to do in order to develop the type of physical team that performs consistently and can take on the best in the Big Ten Conference. But the first step was to help these young men get back to playing a game in late December or early January."