Purdue has made the splash hire of the ‘offseason’ in the Big Ten. Darrell Hazell, the former Kent State head coach, has taken a previously-mediocre team and turned them into an 11-2 squad and one win away from a BCS game.
Well, the newly-acquired Boilermaker coach expects the exact same for Purdue.
Hazell signed a six-year contract and has one goal in his mind: Rose Bowl. He is a former receivers’ coach under the legendary Jim Tressel at Ohio State, so he knows what the Rose Bowl means to Big Ten teams.
Although it took two decades for the 48-year-old coach to earn his first head coaching job, many people see this hire as well-deserved.
Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke made this hire with full confidence in Hazell:
”We did it because we want to get back to Pasadena,” Burke said
It won’t take this young coach long before he makes a Rose Bowl. If there was any coach that Purdue could hire to turn this team around, it’s Hazell.
The Boilermakers are in the midst of a 6-6 season with a bowl game coming up Jan. 1, but Purdue fans know quite well how disappointing that record was.
The Boilermakers were many people’s pick to win the Leaders Division with 19 starters returning from 2011. Danny Hope, however, failed to produce the results that were expected of him. If there was any year in which the Leaders Division was win-able it was this year due to the top two teams in the division facing a postseason ban.
Whatever happens to Purdue in the bowl game will mean nothing because there is a new era in West Laffayette, and that era will consist of winning.