It looks like the growing calls for Darrell Hazell’s job have finally been answered. According to multiple reports, including Nathan Baird of the Journal and Courier, Hazell was fired on Sunday, a day after the Boilermaker’s latest befuddling loss. The school later in the day made the news official.
Darrell Hazell out as #Purdue football coach. More details coming.
— Nathan Baird (@nbairdjc) October 16, 2016
Hazell went 9-33 as Purdue’s head coach since taking over prior to the 2013 season.
BoiledSports.com reports WR coach/recruiting coordinator Gerad Parker will be the interim coach. Baird confirmed that news.
Hearing @GeradParker1 will be interim coach.
— Boiled Sports (@BoiledSports) October 16, 2016
Purdue (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) lost its homecoming to Iowa 49-35 on Saturday, one week after winning needing overtime to win 34-31 at Illinois.
Here are Hazell’s year-by-year record in West Lafayette:
Before taking over at Purdue, Hazell went 16-10 in two seasons at Kent State. He was 11-3 with the Golden Flashes in 2012. He then took over for Danny Hope, who was 22-27 in his three-plus seasons at Purdue, with the Boilermakers making a bowl game in his last two seasons. Hope was actually fired after the 2012 regular-season finale, before Purdue played in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.