Darrell Hazell is 6-26 in his two-plus seasons as Purdue’s football coach, and the Boilermakers have just two wins this season (one of them against FCS Indiana State). But according to Yahoo’s Pat Forde, that’s good enough.
Though it has yet to be officially announced, Forde reports that the school intends to keep Hazell for the 2016 season.
Former Boilermakers coach Joe Tiller told Forde that the school probably doesn’t want to pay Hazell’s buyout, which would be about $6.6 million if they fired him after this season. Hazell’s contract runs though the 2018 season.
“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 Forde. “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.’
“More power to him. I like Darrell. Having been a coach for more than 40 years, I hate to see any coach get fired.”
As Forde reports, Purdue announced a plan to spend $60 million on upgrades to its football facilities last month. Some speculated that Hazell would get the boot in order to give new life to fundraising efforts. But no Purdue coach has lasted less than four seasons since Bob DeMoss from 1970 to 1972, and the school will stay the course with Hazell.