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November 25, 2012
Danny Hope Era: Timeline
As the Danny Hope Era at Purdue closes, GoldandBlack.com takes a look back at some of the memorable moments, good and bad, from the past five years.
Jan. 11, 2008: Purdue announces former coach Joe Tiller's pending retirement following the 2008 season and the hiring of Eastern Kentucky head coach Danny Hope as his pre-appointed successor at a Friday afternoon press conference. Hope joins the staff as the offensive line coach and associate head coach, under the arrangement that he'd take over for Tiller following the '08 season.
More: Press conference video
Nov. 23, 2008: The Boilermakers finish a 4-8 season with a 62-10 Bucket win over Indiana in Tiller's final game, ending his 12-year run with the Boilermakers and bringing about Hope's time as head coach.
More: Tiller audio/video
Feb. 4, 2009: Hope signs his first recruiting class as Purdue's head coach, a signing group that makes his intentions in recruiting very clear: 14 of its 20 members are from Florida.
More: Hope high on first class
Sept. 5, 2009: Purdue beats Toledo 51-31 in Hope's first game as head coach.
More: game story.
Sept. 19, 2009: A week after dropping a narrow decision at Oregon - a team that would go on to play in the Rose Bowl - Purdue falls flat in its return home, losing 28-21 to Northern Illinois, the second in a string of five consecutive losses.
More: Northern Illinois game story
Sept. 29, 2009: A much-anticipated home game against Notre Dame under the lights ends in disappointing fashion, as the Irish beat the Boilermakers 24-21 on a fourth-down touchdown pass with just 25 seconds left, capping a sequence in which a much-debated timeout call by Hope may or may not have aided the visitors.
More: Notre Dame game story | Hope defends call
Oct. 17, 2009: After a five-game losing streak, Purdue stuns the college football world by knocking off seventh-ranked Ohio State 26-18, giving Purdue its first win over a ranked team since 2003.
More: Ohio State game story
Nov. 7, 2009: The Boilermakers outscore Michigan 28-12 after halftime to claim their first win in Ann Arbor since 1966. Afterward, he "introduces" Wolverine coach Rich Rodriguez to lineman Zach Reckman, who earlier in the season had been suspended for a game. Hope accused Rodriguez of making public comments that contributed to Reckman being suspended.
More: Michigan game story
May 21, 2009: The Boilermakers earn a dose of national notoriety and Hope scored his desired quarterback when Robert Marve announces on national television his intentions to transfer to Purdue after a tumultuous two-year stay at Miami. Shortly after committing to Purdue, Marve tears his ACL, the first of three such injuries he'd absorb.
More: Marve commits | Hope: 'Something to celebrate'
Sept. 25, 2010: After a 2-1 start, Purdue loses at home to Toledo 31-20 and Marve sustains a season-ending ACL injury, the second of his career. The injury sets into motion a series of injuries to Purdue quarterbacks that never really stopped during Hope's tenure in West Lafayette.
More: Toledo game story
Oct. 9, 2010: With a new starting quarterback in redshirt freshman Rob Henry and a tweaked offense to accommodate his running skills, Purdue comes out of bye week and upsets ranked Northwestern on the road, 20-17, what would turn out to be the highlight of a season almost completely destroyed by injuries as the Boilermakers closed on a six-game losing streak.
More: Northwestern game story
Feb. 2, 2011: Purdue announces its 2011 signing class but generates some unflattering publicity over a Tampa high school coach's allegations that the program dropped a committed player unceremoniously due to a knee injury. Former Florida coach Urban Meyer, working as a signing day television analyst for ESPN, declares the Boilermakers "done" in recruiting in Florida over the flap.
More: Purdue responds to A.J. King situation
July 4, 2011: The Boilermaker football program is overcome with sadness as the body of Purdue player Sean Matti is recovered following his disappearance near Lake Freeman north of West Lafayette. Two days later, Hope speaks at the memorial service for the 22-year-old.
More: Matti remembered
Aug. 24, 2011: As he prepares to be Purdue's starting quarterback in 2011, Henry tears his ACL in practice, sidelining him for the season. With Marve not yet fully recovered from his injury, the reins are handed to Caleb TerBush, who sat out the 2010 season while ineligible.
More: Henry injured
Nov. 26, 2011: Purdue wins 33-25 at Indiana to earn its sixth win of the season and secure bowl eligibility for the first time under Hope.
More: Indiana game story
Dec. 23, 2011: Just as Purdue is literally loading up the buses to head to Detroit for the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, and a weeks after athletic director Morgan Burke had insisted he wouldn't make a call on whether to extend Hope's contract until after the season, Purdue announces an extension through the 2016 season.
More: Extension report
Dec. 27, 2011: Purdue beats Western Michigan 37-32 in the bowl game.
More: Western Michigan game story
Feb. 1, 2012: Hope announces the signing of his 2012 recruiting class, a group that earned fairly high praise from analysts, ranking 34th nationally by Rivals.com.
More: 'A signature class'
Oct. 6 and Oct. 13, 2012: After being projected in the preseason and during the non-conference portion of the schedule to be a potential darkhorse in a Big Ten race softened by the postseason ineligibility of Ohio State and Penn State, Purdue loses one-sided home games to Michigan (44-13) and Wisconsin (38-14), respectively, to kick off a five-game losing streak that, in effect, ruins the Boilermakers' chances to do any more than they'd accomplished the season prior.
More: Michigan game story | Wisconsin game story
Nov. 10, 2012: Just days after sources say Hope was informed of his looming dismissal, Purdue snaps a five-game losing streak, winning at Iowa 27-24 on a last-second field goal, kicking off a three-game winning streak to end the season.
More: Iowa game story
Nov. 24, 2012: Purdue scores the game's final 21 points as the Boilermakers beat Indiana 56-35 to retain the Old Oaken Bucket and secure a spot in the postseason.
More: Indiana game story
Nov. 25, 2012: Purdue announces Hope has been fired.