10 Coaches to Replace Fired Danny Hope at Purdue

Who will replace Danny Hope at Purdue?

Even though Purdue will make its second consecutive bowl trip under Danny Hope, the school decided to end his tenure on Sunday. Hope went 22-27 in four seasons at Purdue and never had a conference record over .500 during that stretch. Although Hope had a couple of close calls this year against Ohio State and Notre Dame, it wasn't enough for the school to bring him back for a fifth season.

10 Coaches to Replace Danny Hope at Purdue

Jim Chaney, offensive coordinator, Tennessee – Although Chaney does not have any head coaching experience, he fits what Purdue is looking for in its next coach. The Missouri native is a bright offensive mind and worked under Joe Tiller at Purdue from 1997-2005, which included helping to mold Drew Brees into one of the nation’s top quarterbacks. Even though Tennessee struggled to win games this year, the offense certainly wasn’t the problem. The Volunteers ranked 15th nationally in passing offense and 20th with 475.9 yards per game.

Dave Clawson, head coach, Bowling Green – Clawson took a lot of heat for Tennessee’s struggles on offense in 2008, but he is a proven head coach at three different stops. The New York native went 29-29 in five seasons at Fordham (1999-2003), which also included a trip to the FCS playoffs in 2002. Clawson jumped to Richmond in 2004 and led the Spiders to two playoff appearances, including an 11-3 mark in 2007. After the failed season at Tennessee, Clawson landed at Bowling Green and went 7-6 in his debut year and 8-4 in 2012.


Bob Diaco, defensive coordinator, Notre Dame – Although Purdue has indicated it wants to hire an offensive-minded coach, Diaco should be a candidate that draws some interest. Diaco played at Iowa, so he’s certainly no stranger to life in the Big Ten. And he’s made stops as an assistant at Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Virginia and Cincinnati before coming to Notre Dame. Diaco has been one of the top coordinators in college football this season, leading the Irish defense to rank No. 2 nationally in points allowed and No. 6 in yards allowed. Diaco has no head coaching experience but has a strong resume from his time as an assistant and as a player at Iowa during the 1990s.

Dave Doeren, head coach, Northern Illinois – Even though Doeren has spent his career coaching defense, his Northern Illinois’ teams the last two years have ranked among the nation’s best. Doeren is only 40 years old, so he doesn’t have a ton of experience from other coaching stops. He spent two seasons at Montana (2000-01), before moving to Kansas in 2002. After a couple of seasons in Lawrence, Doeren took over as Wisconsin’s defensive coordinator in 2006 and held that position until 2010, when he became Northern Illinois’ head coach. Doeren inherited a good situation in DeKalb, but he’s also done a good job of putting his own stamp on the program. And despite his defensive background, Doeren would likely run an uptempo, spread offense at his next stop.

Darrell Hazell, head coach, Kent State – Just like Northern Illinois’ Dave Doeren, Hazell has done a terrific job in a short amount of time at Kent State and is due for a promotion to a BCS program. Hazell inherited a program that had not won more than five games in the four seasons prior to his arrival and has quickly turned Kent State into a MAC title contender. Hazell is 16-8 in two seasons with the Golden Flashes, which includes a huge road win over Rutgers in 2012. Although this is his first head coaching gig, Hazell has an impressive resume from stops at Western Michigan, Army, West Virginia, Rutgers and Ohio State.

Butch Jones, head coach, Cincinnati – Jones has been in the rumor mill quite a bit over the last few weeks, especially with the open vacancy at Kentucky. Considering the uncertainty over Cincinnati’s future conference and long-term stability in the Big East, it’s no surprise Jones could be looking to leave for the Big Ten or SEC. Jones followed up Brian Kelly at Central Michigan and Cincinnati, recording a 27-13 mark in three seasons with the Chippewas and a 22-14 record with the Bearcats. Another reason for Jones to be targeted by Purdue? His background on offense, which includes a stint as Central Michigan’s offensive coordinator and at West Virginia as a wide receivers coach. 

Kliff Kingsbury, offensive coordinator, Texas A&M – If Purdue is wiling to take a risk and wants to hit a home run with this hire, Kingsbury is the perfect candidate to target. Although he has no prior head coaching experience, the former Texas Tech quarterback is clearly one of the nation’s top assistant coaches. Kingsbury played a key role in developing Houston’s offense into one of the nation’s best and helped to mold Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel into a top quarterback this season. And how’s this for an interesting connection: Kingsbury’s current boss (Kevin Sumlin) played at Purdue.

Chuck Martin, offensive coordinator, Notre Dame – Although Brian Kelly plays a large role in calling the plays each week for Notre Dame, Martin should get his chance to be a head coach on the FBS level in the next few seasons. He succeeded Kelly at Grand Valley State and recorded a 74-7 mark in six seasons, including back-to-back national titles in 2005-06. Martin came to South Bend in 2010 and spent two years on defense, before moving to offensive coordinator in 2012. With his background on offense and successful stint at Grand Valley State, Martin fits the mold of what Purdue is looking for on in its next head coach.

Todd Monken, offensive coordinator, Oklahoma State – Monken is another coach with a background on offense and is also due for his shot to run a program. The Illinois native has no head coaching experience but has built a solid resume with stops as an assistant at Eastern Michigan, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Oklahoma State and in the NFL with the Jaguars. Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy has helped to build a foundation for offensive success in Stillwater, but Monken has done a tremendous job this season, starting three quarterbacks and dealing with a revamped offensive line to rank No. 3 nationally in scoring offense.

Pat Narduzzi, defensive coordinator, Michigan State – Narduzzi isn’t an offense-first coach, as he has spent his entire career on defense. However, Narduzzi has helped to mold Michigan State’s defense into one of the nation’s best and has been rumored to be in the mix for a couple of head coaching jobs over the last few seasons. Although Purdue seems to be targeting coaches with a strong background on offense, Narduzzi is a good coach that’s ready for a promotion. 

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