Hope miffed at Zook's late-game strategy

For the second time this month, a Big Ten coach is peeved about a colleague's late-game strategy.

Purdue's Danny Hope was none too pleased at Illinois coach Ron Zook for continuing to have starting quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase throw the ball late in today's 44-10 Illinois rout at Memorial Stadium.

After Purdue cut its deficit to 37-10, Illinois threw three passes on a 57-yard scoring drive, including a 15-yard scoring strike from Scheelhaase to Chris James with 1:36 left.

"I probably would not have done that but I’m not going to cry about it," Hope told reporters after the game. "That's their choice, their call. I would not have done it. He’s the coach. If it makes him feel better about him and his team, call it, chuck it and run it up."

Unlike former Minnesota coach Tim Brewster, who had a heated postgame exchange with Wisconsin's Bret Bielema after an Oct. 9 game in Madison, Hope doesn't intend to confront Zook.

"Why would I say something about that?" Hope said. "Game's over. It's his call. It’s done. I'm not going to cry about it."

I definitely understand Hope's frustration after back-to-back blowout losses and all the key injuries Purdue has suffered. Zook probably could have done without those last few passes, and I doubt Hope and his players will forget this the next time they face Illinois.

Thanks to The (Lafayette) Journal Courier's Mike Carmin and the Daily Herald's Lindsey Willhite for passing along the Hope quotes.