It’s not looking good for Darrell Hazell in West Lafayette.

Prior to today’s home matchup with Iowa, Hazell had a 9-32 (3-23) record and desperately needed an upset win against a quality opponent like the Hawkeyes in order to remain relevant with bowl conversations — an achievement Purdue hasn’t come close to under the fourth-year coach’s tenure.

Purdue is down 35-7 at halftime and has been outgained 397 yards to 144. It’s almost inevitable that new Boilermakers athletic director Mike Bobinski makes a change for the football program this offseason, and it wouldn’t be all too shocking to see it happen after today’s all too familiar result (unless they’re able to show some serious fight in the second half).

Who would he look to if that’s the case? USA TODAY national college football reporter Dan Wolken speculates that it might be Les Miles:

Though Miles’ firing at LSU was warranted considering the high-demanding pressures of the SEC West, a program like Purdue is in need of a leader with a proven track record and extensive background in the art of winning football games.

The Boilermakers just want to participate in the postseason again. Miles, who was born and raised in Ohio and is a midwest native, could be the guy to get the program back to respectability.

But for now, Purdue needs to focus on not getting beat 50-7 for a second time in three weeks so that it will stop getting booed by its home crowd.


Tyler Waddell is a news desk writer for Saturday Tradition. For tips or questions, send him an e-mail at [email protected] and give him a follow on Twitter (@Tyler_Waddell).