Hope set to leave EKU, become assistant at Purdue

Several media outlets are reporting that EKU football coach Danny Hope will be leaving the school for a position at Purdue. Hope will serve as an assistant for the Boilermakers and ascend to the head coaching position, when Joe Tiller retires.

Hope served on Tiller’s Purdue staff from 1997-2001, where he was the offensive line coach. Hope joined the Louisville staff in 2002, before taking over for Roy Kidd in Richmond in 2003. Hope played for Kidd at Eastern.

The Colonels won their 19th OVC title this past season, finishing the year 9-3 (8-0). For his efforts, Hope was named Regional Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.

Tiller just completed his 11th season at Purdue. He has taken the Boilermakers to bowl games in 10 of his 11 years.

Tiller is under contract unto 2010 and makes nearly $2 million per year, but support in West Lafayette has waned over the past couple of seasons. Purdue is 28-22 in the last four years (15-17 Big Ten).

There has been no official word from Purdue or EKU.