Multiple reports and sources have indicated Eastern Kentucky coach Danny Hope will be the choice to replace Boilermakers coach Joe Tiller and is expected to be announced at a news conference Friday.
Hope is a former offensive line coach at Purdue under Tiller from 1997 through 2001. He recently concluded his fifth season at Eastern Kentucky, a Football Championship Subdivision school that finished 9-3 and was ranked 13th in the final FCS poll.
Several sources from Indiana and Wisconsin-based news outlets indicated Chryst was the top choice of Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke and it was thought that Burke wanted to have Tiller's successor on the staff next season, before likely taking over in 2009. This is the same system Purdue used with the men's basketball program. Matt Painter coached under legendary Gene Keady before taking over the program.
Tiller apparently was unaware of the plan and became upset, according to reports. The choice of Hope could be an effort to smooth the transition, since he has worked on Tiller's staff.
Late last week, UW defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz was fired by Bielema while offensive line coach Bob Palcic left on Monday to take the same job at UCLA.