Former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Greg Olson has interviewed for the head coaching job at Purdue, according to the Sporting News’ Alex Marvez.
Olson, who was the Boilermakers’ quarterbacks coach from 1997-2000 and tight ends coach in 2002, has spent the last 14 years coaching in the NFL. He was dismissed by the Jaguars in October following the team’s 2-5 start.
Purdue fired Darrell Hazell in October following a poor start to the 2016 season. Hazell was 9-33 in less than four seasons as the coach at Purdue. Wide receivers coach Gerad Parker has served as the interim head coach since Hazell’s departure.
Most of the talk surrounding Purdue’s head coaching vacancy has been speculative. CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd wrote that Western Michigan’s P.J. Fleck was a perfect fit for the Boilermakers on Oct. 16, a day after Hazelll was dismissed.
Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported on Oct. 31 that Purdue’s athletic department was prepared to “step up its financial commitment” in its head coaching search.
Hazell received more than $2 million this year, which ranked 53rd among FBS head coaches, according to USA Today. Hazell’s salary also ranked 11th among coaches in the Big Ten, with only Illinois’ Lovie Smith, Minnesota’s Tracy Claeys and Rutgers’ Chris Ash receiving less.