Purdue fires Darrell Hazell

Darrell Hazell has been relieved of his duties as Purdue head football coach and will be replaced by Gerad Parker as interim head coach for the remainder of the 2016 season.

Hazell had posted just a 9-33 record in three and a half seasons, including a measly 3-24 mark in Big Ten play. Hazell was in the fourth year of a six year, $12.75 million contract, which necessitated a decision to either extend or terminate Hazell at the end of this season.

Purdue is expected to name wide receivers coach Gerard Parker as interim head coach.

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The Boilermakers are now 3-3, but they have never won more than three games in a season under Hazell and have never won back-to-back games. This season, the Boilermakers are 3-3 overall and 1-2 in conference play after losing to Iowa on Saturday. But new Purdue athletic director Mike Bobinski, who was hired away from Georgia Tech in August, decided to make the change in season.

"I'm doing everything right to help these guys become better", Hazell told reporters Saturday.

"College athletics can't have a better man than Darrell Hazell, and I would like to see more individuals with his virtues in Division I athletics", director of athletics Mike Daniels said in a statement. "There's no question that we are moving forward". A press conference has been scheduled for 4:30 and will be carried live on the Big Ten Network. It's very obvious to me this guy isn't right in the head. I know he still wants to coach, but who knows how good his coaching options will be this winter. Including the Iowa game, Purdue lost by an average margin of 21.3 points after the nine games it won. "But while character is mandatory every day at Purdue, positive performance also must be there".

  • Lawrence Cooper