Purdue coach Danny Hope is expected to be fired according to Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports and a possible replacement could be Dave Doeren who is in his second year as the Northern Illinois head coach.
The 3-6 Boilermakers came into this season with high expectations for a program that has experienced plenty of dark days since the retirement of long-time coach Joe Tiller, but optimism was abound in West Lafayette, In and a trip to a bowl game was within reach.
However, a winless Big Ten season thus far and a revolving door at quarterback where Robert Marve, Caleb Terbush have left fans of the Boilers longing for the days of Drew Brees and crushed the optimism of a bowl game and seemingly ended the coaches run at the school.
Doeren would be a fine replacement and has had success at Northern Illinois since leaving his post as a top assistant coach at Wisconsin under Brett Bielema.
Purdue travels to 4-5 Iowa form an 11:00 am kickoff and are five point underdogs and losers of three of the last four matchups against the Hawkeyes, including the 31-21 loss at home last year.
If Hope has any hope of saving his job a three-game winning streak starting with Iowa, Illinois next week and the rivalry game with Indiana in the season finale to reach 6-6 could buy him one more year.
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