Purdue students react to change of football coach

Purdue coach Darrel Hazell watches from the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Wisconsin Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin won 24-7. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)
Purdue coach Darrel Hazell watches from the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Wisconsin Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin won 24-7. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — For now, Purdue has a new leader of the Boilermaker football team. This is after the decision to part ways with now former head coach Darrell Hazell.

Hazell’s firing comes less than 24 hours after the Boilermakers’ loss to Iowa on homecoming.

Wide receivers coach Gerad Parker will be the interim coach.

Purdue students are optimistic the decision was for the best.

“I think maybe it was time for a change, regarding his record,” said Purdue freshman Chase Walter. ”The students, I don’t think, were very happy with what he had done so far and it obviously could tell. The stadium wasn’t being filled every week, so maybe changes needed to be made.”

Purdue freshman Abner Perez said, “He obviously didn’t have that great of a record. We need somebody with a different coaching style. It can’t really get much worse from here.”

Hazell posted a 9-33 overall record while at Purdue and was 3-24 in Big Ten play.