Report: Darrell Hazell will be back at Purdue in 2016
There will not be a coaching change in West Lafayette.
According to Yahoo college football writer Pat Forde, Purdue will bring back Darrell Hazell for the 2016 season.
Despite the fact that Hazell compiled a 6-26 record in three seasons — the lowest win percentage in program history — he’ll get a fourth year leading the Boilers. Hazell is under contract through the 2018 season, and is the highest paid coach ever at Purdue.
Hazell is coming off a 55-45 victory against Nebraska, which marked his first B1G home win in his three seasons at Purdue. It was also Purdue’s first win against an FBS opponent in 2015.
But the athletic department did give Hazell a vote of confidence when it announced that it will be receiving a $60 million facilities upgrade, which would be the program’s first in 25 years.
Former Purdue coach Joe Tiller told Forde that the athletic department is standing behind the investment it made in 2012.
“Purdue is pretty close to the buck, and they’re not going to pay him that kind of money to [buy him out],” Tiller told Yahoo Sports. “People have asked me during the course of this fall if coach Hazell is on his way out and I said, ‘I don’t think Purdue will replace him for at least one more year, and maybe two.’
Since August, three B1G coaches have been fired and Rutgers coach Kyle Flood was suspended. It appears — for now — that a fourth coach won’t be added to that list.