While the season hasn't even begun yet, much speculation rises on the security of Purdue coach Danny Hope. In his first two seasons in West Lafayette, the Boilermakers are a dismal 9-15, and are currently on a six-game losing streak entering the 2011 campaign.
Injuries struck the team last season, and have already begun this season with the absence of Rob Henry. In the midst of this, many questions have arisen about Hope, who hasn't had the most spectacular recruiting classes or ability to close out close games.
During the 2009 season, the Boilers lost five games by one possession or less. Some of these games left Purdue fans wondering what Hope was thinking (see timeout call against Notre Dame before the 4th down touchdown pass) but at least the team was in a position to be competitive.
The Boilermakers also accomplished an impressive feat when the team took down both Ohio State and Michigan in the same season. However, later that year they let a MAC team come into their stadium and beat them.
In 2010, Hope had some momentum with Rob Marve coming in at quarterback, but the injuries would soon start to roll in. Hope faced adversity and started the year strong going 4-2. However they lost a not-so-competitive game to Notre Dame, and again dropped a should be win to a MAC opponent.
While it looked like Hope would finally turn the corner as a coach, the wheels came off. Six straight ugly loses, capped off by IU coming to Lafayette and taking the Bucket.
While the season hasn't started, I feel the time would be right after this season to make a marquee hiring and establish Purdue as a true threat in the Big Ten. Hope's time has just about ran out in West Lafayette, and it is time for a change of direction. Here is a list of some available names who could make for either an interesting story, a solid fit, or a fantasy that will never happen.