Purdue University has fired its head football coach after three-and-a-half seasons. Darrell Hazell, who amassed a 9-33 record at the helm of the Boilermakers, will be replaced in the interim by receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Gerad Parker.
Hazell was hired at the end of 2012 after two seasons as head coach of the Kent State University Golden Flashes. While at Purdue, Hazell’s record against Big Ten opponents was 3-24. The team is currently 3-3 and is coming off a loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Purdue new Director of Athletics Mike Bobinski says "from the first time I met Darrell, I could tell he was a man of high character – a quality person who you would want leading a group of young men – but 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. This is not a decision taken lightly, and I respect and appreciate the dedicated effort Darrell has put forth on behalf of Purdue. We have a lot of football still ahead of us this season, and it’s important that our primary focus be on providing our team with the best possible preparation and opportunity for success. I appreciate Gerad taking over on an interim basis and look forward to his leadership and the continued commitment and efforts of our entire football coaching staff."
Purdue President Mitch Daniels says "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. But while character is mandatory every day at Purdue, positive performance also must be there. With new leadership and the rapidly evolving Football Performance Complex, I’m confident that better days are ahead. The Board and I fully understand and support the need for a successful football program and recognize the positive impact it brings to the intercollegiate athletics department, the campus community and Boilermaker alumni and fans everywhere."
Parker came to Purdue in 2013.