While the college football world speculates about the next coach at Purdue, the current one has a game to worry about.
Gerad Parker was named the Boilermakers interim head coach after the school fired Darrell Hazell on Sunday. And Parker is trying to get things as close as back to normal as he can before Purdue faces No. 8 Nebraska on Saturday.
“We’re excited about our opportunity to get our guys back on the field today and the chance to remove some distractions and prepare for a great team with Nebraska,” Parker said on his first appearance on the Big Ten coaches teleconference. “I’m just anxious and excited to move forward.”
Parker is in his fourth season at Purdue and was the wide receivers coach and a recruiting coordinator before getting the in-season promotion. The 35-year-old played at Kentucky in the early 2000s.
As he steadies the team with the administration having discussions about Purdue’s future, Parker is attempting to make the best of the situation.
“It’s been a difficult situation in our whole staff and our players and a weird situation for me,” he said. “All we can do now is embrace it and turn what we can in our positive.”