Following earlier reports, Purdue made it official on Sunday: Darrell Hazell is no longer the Boilermakers’ coach.
In a mid-afternoon release, the Purdue athletic department said the embattled Hazell is out after three-plus seasons, and that receivers coach Gerad Parker will take over as interim coach.
Here is some of athletic director Mike Bobinski’s comments from the release. Bobinski was named Purdue’s director of athletics on Aug. 9:
“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 went 9-33, 3-24 in the Big Ten, under Hazell. The Boilermakers lost to Iowa, 49-35, in their homecoming game on Saturday.