Purdue reaffirmed its commitment to head coach Danny Hope on Wednesday, awarding him a one-year contract extension through the 2014 season.
Hope went 5-7 in his first season as head coach, as the Boilers missed the postseason for the second consecutive year, but his bosses are encouraged by the team's solid performance in Big Ten play (4-4). Although injuries have dominated Purdue's spring drills, Hope and his players are raising the bar for 2010.
"Beginning with the day he returned to Purdue, Danny has followed a master plan for our football program that focuses on our core values of success on the field, in the classroom and in the community," athletic director Morgan Burke said in a statement. "The results in his first year as head coach were encouraging, and we are confident that great days are ahead."
The extension provides a little more security for Hope, who will be paid $900,000 in 2010 with the potential for $500,000 more in bonuses tied to academic performance, athletic performance and attendance. He signed a six-year contract at Purdue in January 2008, spending a year as associate head coach before taking over the top job from Joe Tiller in 2009.
"I feel good about the foundation that has been laid since I came back to Purdue in 2008, but we have a lot of work to do to get where we want to be as a football program," Hope said. "The support of president [France] Córdova, Morgan Burke and entire campus has been tremendous, and I appreciate the confidence shown in me and my staff by extending my contract."
Hope still has more to prove as a Big Ten coach, but his team never quit last year and posted several solid victories. He has a defined plan for recruiting, targeting the state of Florida, and seems to be a strong fit for what Purdue wants.