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REPORT: Purdue fires head football coach Darrell Hazell

08 OCT 2016: Purdue head football coach Darrell Hazell watches his team in the second half during a Big Ten Conference football game between the Purdue Boilermakers and the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. Purdue won in overtime 34-31. (Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire)
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After three-plus seasons at the helm of the program, Purdue University fired head coach Darrell Hazell on Sunday, per a report from the Indy Star.

Hazell posted a 9-33 record in his time with the Boilermakers, including a 3-24 mark in Big Ten Conference play. Purdue did not appear in the AP top 25 at any point during his tenure, nor did they reach a bowl game.

In fact, the Boilermakers never even managed to win back-to-back games under his watch.

Hazell had a two-year stint as head coach at Kent State before Purdue hired him as their 35th head coach on December 5, 2012. Purdue gave him a six-year, $12.75 million contract and will still be responsible for the remaining salary.

Hazell previously replaced Danny Hope, who compiled a 22-27 record and made two bowl games in his last two years.

Purdue opened Big Ten play with 50-7 loss at Maryland this season. They then defeated Illinois in overtime by the score of 34-31, but lost 45-37 to Iowa in their homecoming game on Saturday. Following the loss, a reporter asked Hazell why he felt confident that he was the right leader for the program.

“I’m doing everything right to help these guys become better,” Hazell replied. “There’s no question we’re moving forward. Obviously, it doesn’t feel good right after this game. We’re doing a lot of good things. We just have to keep pushing.”

Purdue fired offensive coordinator John Shoop and defensive coordinator Greg Hudson after last season, but retained Hazell nonetheless. Now that he has been let go, wide receivers coach Gerad Parker will reportedly be named interim head coach

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