Ex-Purdue interim coach Gerad Parker, facing OVI charge, lands new gig at Duke
Gerad Parker has yet another new home.
Duke announced that it hired the ex-Purdue interim coach as a football operations assistant on the offensive side of the ball.
Parker, 36, is facing drunk driving charges after he was arrested in West Lafayette on Feb. 21. His blood alcohol content was between .08 and .15.
“Everyone has made mistakes,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said via the News Observer. “This is one I felt very strongly about. This was an outlier. There are trends. There are people that have issues. He’s not one of those. I have zero concern. I know he’s comfortable with it. and I’m comfortable with it, that as we move forward that will not be any issue whatsoever.”
The longtime Darrell Hazell assistant coached the final six games of the 2016 season (he was 0-6). He wasn’t kept on Jeff Brohm’s staff, and he was named Cincinnati’s running backs coach.
He then left that position to become East Carolina’s wide receivers coach. But after his arrest, ECU took away Parker’s offer.
Now, however, Parker will have an off-the-field role with the Blue Devils. He could soon retain a full-time assistant position with Duke because NCAA legislation for schools to add a 10th assistant is expected to pass in January.
According to the News Observer, court records showed that Parker’s jury court date was scheduled for Thursday but it was postponed.