Purdue’s Hazell not worried about job security


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Nothing has been easy for Purdue football coach Darrell Hazell.

Now in his fourth year as head coach, Hazell has compiled an 8-32 overall record. He’s 2-23 in Big Ten play.

The Boilermakers are coming off a 50-7 loss to Maryland on Saturday.

“We’re all frustrated,” Hazell said. “But every game is its own separate entity and that’s what college football is all about. We have to keep coming back and get prepared next week, and try to fix the problems, and have a better performance next time out.”

The Terrapins gashed the Gold and Black for 400 rushing yards. The Boilers, on the other hand, managed just 10 rushing yards.

Sophomore quarterback David Blough felt constant pressure throughout the game. Purdue missed its two starting tackles. As a result, Blough was sacked six times.

With the loss, Purdue drops to 2-2 this season. But after Saturday’s blowout defeat, speculation is swirling around Hazell’s job.

Hazell has not spoken to new Athletic Director Mike Bobinski about his job security.

Hot seat or not, the Boilermakers’ signal-caller knows what it’s going to take to alter the negative perception of the program.

“The only way we can change it is the outcome of the football game, that’s the only thing that changes it,” Hazell said. “But for us to play to it, I don’t know how that helps us get any better. That’s what I addressed — that’s what I said to them yesterday in our team meeting: I said, ‘You’re going to get a lot of noise on the outside and I’m not sure it can help us.’ I think what can help us is [for] each position room getting better.

One week people are here, and one other week they’re here, then they are here,” Hazell explained while rating high and low. “You can’t predict or determine what people say or what people think about you. You can’t. That’s life.”