Purdue has fired head coach Darrell Hazell. Wide receivers coach Gerad Parker will be named the interim head coach.
Darrell Hazell’s disappointing tenure at Purdue is over.
On Sunday afternoon, Boilermakers athletic director Mike Bobinski fired Hazell following Saturday’s 49-35 loss to Iowa, which dropped Purdue to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten. Purdue will be responsible for the remaining portion of Hazell’s six-year, $12.75 million contract he signed in December of 2012.
“… Our inconsistent performance and inability to generate positive momentum thus far this season, along with the disappointing results of the past three seasons, made it clear to me that we needed to make a change,” Bobinski said in an official statement. “This is not a decision taken lightly, and I respect and appreciate the dedicated effort Darrell has put forth on behalf of Purdue.”
Hazell spoke at his postgame press conference Saturday and said he was confident he was the right person to lead the program despite his failures since taking the job.
“I’m doing everything right to help these guys become better,” Hazell said. “There’s no question we’re moving forward.”
Bobinski didn’t agree, apparently. The firing seemed to be a long time coming, and it was a move many Purdue fans have wanted for quite awhile. The Boilermakers hired Hazell after he went 11-3 at Kent State in 2011, only his second season as the Golden Flashes’ head coach. His tenure with Purdue was rough from the start, though.
Hazell went 1-11 in his first season and improved only marginally in the years following, finishing with a 9-33 record at Purdue that includes a 3-24 mark in Big Ten play. The three victories this season are the most the team has seen since 2014 when it went 3-9, but that wasn’t enough to save Hazell’s job.
Wide receivers coach Gerad Parker has been named the interim head coach, but it’s unlikely he will serve as head coach past this season. Purdue is expected to conduct a national search and will look to find a coach with plenty of experience, who can turn around the program quickly.