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Hope receives extension

Purdue’s trip to a bowl game has earned coach Danny Hope a two-year contract extension.

“Returning to postseason play is something we thought would happen last year, but the unbelievable and unprecedented number of injuries set us back,” athletic director Morgan said in a statement.

Hope’s contract will run through Dec. 31, 2016. Financial details weren’t available Friday.

Purdue (6-6), which won two of its last three games, hasn’t been to a bowl game since 2007. It will take on Western Michigan (7-5) in the Little Caesars Bowl in Detroit on Tuesday.

Hope is 15-21 in three seasons as head coach.

A former offensive line coach with the Boilermakers, he returned to the school in 2008 as associate head coach and succeeded Joe Tiller in 2009.

“I believe this season was a step in the right direction and reinforced the positive impact of the plan that Morgan and I had when I returned to Purdue,” Hope said in a statement. “We still have ground to cover and lots of work to do in order to develop the type of physical team that performs consistently and can take on the best in the Big Ten conference.”

The Boilermakers were 4-4 in the Big Ten.

“The development of a strong program requires perseverance and a willingness to critically address all aspects of our program each year, so we can amend and update our plan,” Hope said.

“Morgan and I have started that process and will continue to look at how to accelerate our improvement. But it is nice to see some payoff for the work to date. It will provide the energy for the team, the entire staff … and for me to press on.”

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