WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue University has fired head football coach Darrell Hazell.
Hazell’s firing comes less than 24 hour after the Boilermakers’ 49-35 homecoming loss to Iowa on Saturday.
“The hope was that we would build on the victory at Illinois and carry it over to the Iowa game,” Athletic Director Mike Bobinski said Sunday. “It didn’t happen. We weren’t showing progress so it was time to make a change.”
Wide receivers coach Gerad Parker will be the interim coach. Parker is in his fourth season with Purdue.
“We met with the team early [Sunday] afternoon, and we have a bunch of men who are hurting,” Parker said. “For me, there is great sadness, but it also is a great challenge. It is awkward, but I will lean on Mike Bobinski, our staff and our players. We have to get prepared to get on a plane, and fly to Nebraska, and play a great Nebraska team — that must be our focus.”
The Boilermakers visit No. 8 Nebraska on Saturday.
Hazell posted a 9-33 overall record at Purdue. He was 3-24 in Big Ten play.
Hazell was named head coach of the Boilermakers on Dec. 5, 2012. Prior to his hiring, Hazell was the head coach at Kent State, where he went 16-10 with a Mid-American Conference championship in 2012. He replaced Danny Hope at Purdue.