Purdue coaching search: the Boilermakers fired head coach Darrell Hazell today after a 9-33 record through three-plus seasons. Who will replace him?
The move moves the number of FBS head coach openings to four. Baylor fired Art Briles during the off-season. LSU let go of long-time head coach Les Miles a few weeks ago. FIU fired Ron Turner in September.
Purdue is a very interesting opening. While LSU is a powerhouse that can draw most coaches, the Boilermakers have not been a major factor in college football since Joe Tiller led the program in the late-1990s and 2000s. Since his departure in 2008, Purdue is 31-61 with two middling bowl appearances, and one winning season. Things have bottomed out under Hazell, and Purdue is one of the weakest Power Five programs, but it is still a Big Ten job, which will be attractive to many.
So who will new athletic director Mike Bobinski look to bring in to replace Hazell? We’ve compiled 10 candidates, from all across the college football landscape, who could make sense for Purdue. A few are long shots for a program that has struggled as of late, but a number of others make a lot of sense for the team.
Here are our 10 early candidates for the Purdue head coaching job.