Purdue football announced today that they have extended coach Danny Hope's contract two years, to run through the 2016 season.
This announcement is not really a shock to a lot of Boilermakers. It was clear the athletic department was talking to the coach about an extension and that his performance was being evaluated.
With an extension, Hope will get a boost in the recruiting process. His extension reassures potential recruits that he will be around for their full collegiate career.
So, in a way, it does help Purdue in the short term with recruiting, but this contract extension is just a long line of questionable decisions by the athletic department—especially athletic director Morgan Burke.
With the close call with Matt Painter during the offseason, and the new seating requirements for basketball tickets, Burke has been in the hot seat. This surely will not help.
Signing Hope to an extension basically says that he is okay with mediocrity and with the Little Caesars Bowl, which is not where Boilermakers want to be. Sure, Hope has shown improvement over the seasons, but his play calls are questionable and the lack of Indiana players on the team is remarkable.
Hope is not a major conference coach and should not be in the position he is in. If it were not for a bootstrapping athletic director—who would rather save a dime than have a winning program—he wouldn't be a head coach in the Big Ten.
Hopefully, this extension helps the Boilermakers down the line. Everyone would be kidding themselves to think it was a sure thing.
The fact of the matter is that Purdue is stuck with Hope for at least another three seasons now—something that makes a lot of Boilermakers cringe, and makes a lot of seats go empty in Ross Ade Stadium.
Purdue needs to get on board and hire a coach who is going to get the job done.
Besides Notre Dame, Purdue is Indiana's football school, so why not be good at something they know?
Most Boilermakers can't be happy with this rushed decision. Hopefully, some heat is put on Burke because of it. Right now, he is driving Purdue into the ground.