I was and am one of those people who had been wanting this change. There was a slight question of whether making a bowl this year would be enough to save Hope. I thought it might be. But, to the relief of many, it was not.
There obviously were quite a few reasons to make this move. First and foremost, Purdue was not really winning games. During his tenure as head coach at Purdue, Hope compiled a 22-27 record, 13-19 in the Big Ten. So, you know, middling at best. He had four, five, and a pair of six win seasons. If there were improvements, they were in pretty small increments. Fan support plummeted. Average attendance during Hope's first year was 50,457. During this past year, it was 43,588. And, I can tell you from being at quite a few games and watching almost every game I didn't attend, those are definitely the "paid attendance" numbers, not the actual number through the gate. There likely isn't a huge difference between those numbers in his first year. Last year? Huge difference. And, honestly, if Michigan hadn't come to Ross-Ade, that average probably would have been much closer to 40,000 paid.