Purdue fired football coach Darrell Hazell on Sunday after he compiled a 9-33 record in three-plus seasons, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.
Wide receivers coach Gerad Parker will serve as Purdue’s interim coach for the remainder of the season, a source said. Hazell’s contract ran through the 2018 season, and Purdue will owe him a $4.45 million buyout.
Hazell was 3-3 this season but had won no more than three games in his previous three seasons. His dismissal comes a day after Purdue’s 49-35 home loss to Iowa, which dropped Hazell to 3-24 in Big Ten play.
“I am doing everything right to help these guys become better,” Hazell said after the Iowa loss. “There’s no question that we are moving forward. Obviously, it doesn’t feel good right after this game, but we’ve done a lot of good things, and we just need to keep pushing.”
Hazell came to Purdue after guiding Kent State to an 11-3 record in 2012. He served on Jim Tressel’s staff at Ohio State from 2004 to 2010.
The school has a new athletic director in Mike Bobinski, who came in from Georgia Tech in August. Purdue visits No. 8 Nebraska on Saturday.