Purdue’s head football coach fired following Saturday’s loss

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CHAMPAIGN, IL - OCTOBER 08: Head coach Darrell Hazell of the Purdue Boilermakers watches the winning field goal kick being made against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on October 8, 2016 in Champaign, Illinois. Purdue defeated Illinois 34-31 in overtime. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University has fired head football coach Darrell Hazell.

The school says Hazell will be replaced by Gerad Parker as interim head coach for the remainder of the 2016 season.

The firing comes after a 49-35 loss to Iowa during the team’s homecoming game Saturday.

Hazell’s record hasn’t been the best since he was hired in 2012. He’s compiled a 9-33 record in the three-plus seasons as head coach. Purdue never won more than three games a season under his leadership and they never won back-to-back games.

Vice president and director of athletics Mike Bobinski explained the decision to let Hazell go in a press release:

“From the first time I met Darrell, I could tell he was a man of high character – a quality person who you would want leading a group of young men – but our inconsistent performance and inability to generate positive momentum thus far this season, along with the disappointing results of the past three seasons, made it clear to me that we needed to make a change. This is not a decision taken lightly, and I respect and appreciate the dedicated effort Darrell has put forth on behalf of Purdue,” Bobinski said. “We have a lot of football still ahead of us this season, and it’s important that our primary focus be on providing our team with the best possible preparation and opportunity for success. I appreciate Gerad taking over on an interim basis and look forward to his leadership and the continued commitment and efforts of our entire football coaching staff.”

Hazell received a six-year contract worth $12.75 million in 2012. Two years remain on that contract after the end of this season. The university is responsible for the remaining value of the contract.

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