Students looking forward to fresh, new start for Purdue football team

(AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
(AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The future is still up in the air when it comes to whom Purdue will name as the future head coach of the football team.

Students said either way, they’re just ready for a fresh start for the Boilermakers after head coach Darrell Hazell was fired Sunday.

“I think this is really good for the future of the football program,” Purdue senior Allie Davis said. “I just don’t think we were going anywhere with Hazell.”

The search is on to replace Hazell after a 9-33 overall record while at Purdue.

“I’m a senior now,” Purdue student Nathan Campbell explained. “Hazell said freshman year that the entire roster had graduated and that we needed a couple years to get back into it. But he said by the time my junior year came around we would be doing well, and that didn’t end up happening.”

Davis is a Purdue swimmer and said she personally knows the frustration some of the players have had the past few years while playing under Hazell.

“Just being a student athlete and being close with a lot of the football team, you can see how much they’ve been struggling the past few years,” Davis said. “I know that they put in so much work and they were not getting the outcome that they wanted, which is also frustrating for other people who know what kind of effort they put in every day.”

Students said regardless of who comes in next to coach the Boilermakers, they just want to see the seats filled at Ross-Ade Stadium.

“When we go to the football games, it’s always empty and it’s sad to see that,” Davis explained. “So I understand that people are frustrated, and they don’t want to spend money on a ticket if they’re not going to be able to have fun and see the football team here succeed.”

Campbell added, “The problem is that we’ve been bad for a while now. I mean, you always hear the stories of Drew Brees and the times that Purdue was really good, and it would be good to see that again.”