Danny Hope gets contract extension

Updated: December 23, 2011, 5:52 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Purdue coach Danny Hope has received a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2016 season, the school announced Friday.

Terms of the extension are being still finalized and were not made public. The new deal runs through Dec. 31, 2016.

Hope, who is 15-21 in three seasons at Purdue, was previously an offensive line coach at the school. He returned in 2008 as associate head coach before succeeding Joe Tiller in 2009.

Hope guided Purdue to a 6-6 mark this season and a trip to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. The Dec. 27 game against Western Michigan marks Purdue's first bowl appearance since 2007.

Athletic director Morgan Burke said the program has taken important steps in developing "champions, scholars and citizens" in Hope's first three years at the helm.

"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 in a prepared statement. "(Burke) 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."

Burke also announced Purdue received a $2 million gift this week to support the football program, as well as a plan to upgrade marketing for the program and the fan experience at Ross-Ade Stadium. Purdue's average attendance dropped to 45,225 this season.

Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espnritt@gmail.com