Did a high-scoring win over a struggling Nebraska team buy Darrell Hazell another season at Purdue?
Whether or not that’s the case, Hazell will be back for Year No. 4 in 2016, according to a Wednesday-night report from Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde.
Hazell, to whom Purdue gave a six-year contract ahead of the 2013 season, has posted an abysmal 6-26 record in two and a half seasons leading the Boilermakers with four games remaining on this season’s schedule.
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Last weekend’s 55-45 win over Nebraska was just Hazell’s second Big Ten victory and his first at home.
After posting a 16-10 record in two seasons at Kent State, Hazell went 1-11 in his first season, the school’s first one-win season since 1993. He posted three victories last season, including his first conference win over Illinois. You have to go back to 1941 and 1942 to find a consecutive two-year stretch with four or fewer combined wins.
Purdue made 10 bowl games during Joe Tiller’s 12-year tenure, including a Rose Bowl to finish the 2000 season. Then came the four-season Danny Hope Era, during which the Boilermakers never won more than seven games in a season but made a pair of bowl games.