Purdue fires Hazell with 9-33 record

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Dar­rell Hazell never won con­sec­u­tive games at Purdue and his lat­est at­tempt to string to­gether a cou­ple of vic­to­ries turned out to be his last.

Purdue fired Hazell on Sun­day mid­way through his fourth sea­son and less than 24 hours af­ter the Boil­er­mak­ers again could not win two in a row.

Hazell was 9-33 over­all with just three Big Ten Con­fer­ence vic­to­ries since tak­ing over in 2013. At .220, he fin­ished with the worst win­ning per­cent­age of any Purdue coach in 95 years.

His dis­missal had seemed al­most in­evitable en­ter­ing this sea­son, but a 3-2 start with vic­to­ries over East­ern Ken­tucky and Ne­vada, along with an over­time win over Illi­nois on Oct. 8, gave some hope that he would be given a full sea­son to show progress.

Then the Boil­er­mak­ers lost, 49-35, to Iowa on home­com­ing Satur­day; they trailed 42-14 head­ing into the fourth quar­ter.

“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.”

Bobin­ski, who was hired away from Ge­or­gia Tech in Au­gust to re­place the re­tir­ing Mor­gan Burke, said he met with Hazell on Sun­day morn­ing.

“Dar­rell was dis­ap­pointed, but as he al­ways is, he was a gen­tle­man,” Bobin­ski said. “From the first time I met Dar­rell, I could tell he was a man of high char­ac­ter, but our in­con­sis­tent per­for­mance and in­abil­ity to gen­er­ate pos­i­tive mo­men­tum — along with the dis­ap­point­ing re­sults of the past three sea­sons — made it clear to me that we needed to make a change.”

Wide re­ceivers coach and re­cruit­ing co­or­di­na­tor Gerad Parker was named in­terim coach. Parker is in his fourth sea­son on staff.

Along with fail­ing per­for­mance came sag­ging at­ten­dance at Purdue. The Boil­er­mak­ers have av­er­aged 32,078 fans at Ross-Ade Sta­dium, ca­pac­ity 62,000, for four home games. That’s down from 37,152 last sea­son.

Purdue is build­ing a $65 mil­lion foot­ball fa­cil­ity.

The last Purdue coach to have a worse win­ning per­cent­age than Hazell was Wil­liam Henry Di­etz, who went 1-6 in 1921.

Hazell, 52, was hired away from Kent State, where the former Ohio State as­sis­tant went 16-10 with a Mid-Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship in 2012. He re­placed Danny Hope at Purdue. Hope had gone 22-27 in four sea­sons as suc­ces­sor to Joe Tiller, the win­ningest coach in school his­tory, with 87 vic­to­ries.

Hazell has two years left on his orig­i­nal six-year con­tract worth $12.75 mil­lion and he will be paid the full amount.

The Boil­er­mak­ers went to 10 bowl games, in­clud­ing the 2001 Rose Bowl, un­der Tiller, who re­tired af­ter the 2008 sea­son, but have fin­ished with a win­ning record only once since.

Satur­day night’s games: J.T. Bar­rett threw a 7-yard touch­down pass to wide re­ceiver Noah Brown in over­time, and No. 2 Ohio State fin­ished off No. 8 Wis­con­sin with a sack on fourth-and-goal from the 4 for a 30-23 win Satur­day night.

Bar­rett also ran for two touch­downs for the vis­it­ing Buck­eyes (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten Con­fer­ence), who passed their tough­est road test of the sea­son.

Bar­rett fin­ished 17-for-29 for 226 yards with one in­ter­cep­tion, and ran for 92 yards on 21 car­ries. Corey Cle­ment ran for 164 yards on 25 car- ries for Wis­con­sin (4-2, 1-2).

Jared Cor­nelius scored on a 6-yard touch­down run late in the fourth quar­ter to lift No. 22 Arkansas to a 34-30 win over No. 12 Mis­sis­sippi.

Austin Allen was 19-of-32 pass­ing for 229 yards and three touch­downs for the Ra­zor­backs (5-2, 1-2 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence), giv­ing the ju­nior an SEC-best 18 touch­down passes for the sea­son.

Chad Kelly ac­counted for 342 yards of to­tal of­fense for the Rebels (3-3, 1-2), throw­ing for 253 yards and rush­ing for 89 more. The se­nior also threw for a touch­down and ran for two more.

Jeremy McNi­chols ran for an 80-yard touch­down to break open a close game, and No. 15 Boise State (6-0, 3-0 Moun­tain West Con­fer­ence) with­stood a late rally by vis­it­ing Colorado State (3-4, 1-2) in a 28-23 win.

Emeke Eg­bule re­turned a fum­ble 24 yards for a touch­down with 1:21 re­main­ing to give host No. 13 Hous­ton (6-1, 3-1 Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence) a 38-31 win over Tulsa (4-2, 1-1).

The Golden Hur­ri­cane had a chance to tie the score, but Jesse Brubaker was stopped just short of the goal line af­ter a re­cep­tion on the last play of the game. The play was re­viewed and up­held.

Cen­ter Jesse Bur­kett re­cov­ered a fum­ble in the end zone af­ter team­mate Bryce Love lost the ball at the goal line, Stan­ford’s only of­fen­sive touch­down, and cor­ner­back Quen­ton Meeks re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 50 yards for a score as the Car­di­nal (4-2) ral­lied from 10 points down to earn a 17-10 vic­tory over host Notre Dame (2-5).


Dar­rell Hazell’s win­ning per­cent­age of .220 since 2013 was the worst for any Purdue coach in 95 years.

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