Myriad names have been linked to Purdue’s head coaching vacancy ever since Darrell Hazell was dismissed on Oct. 16. For now, these reports are simply speculative.
But, Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported on Monday that whoever the university does go after, it will be prepared to “step up its financial commitment.”
Hearing from sources that #Purdue is prepared to really step up its financial commitment with its head coaching search.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) October 31, 2016
Hazell received just over $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.
Purdue went 9-33 under Hazell in less than four seasons. The athletic department fired the coach following a 3-3 start to the 2016 season.
The Boilermakers have finished the season with a winning record just once since 2008.