Purdue Head Coach Darrell Hazell Already Taking Control

By Connor Muldowney
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Newly-appointed Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell has announced the suspension of junior wide receiver O.J. Ross this weekend and this can be taken both as good news and bad news.

The bad news is that former-four star receiver Ross has been suspended because of a violation of team rules and his return is unknown. Ross was Purdue’s second-leading scorer from a year ago and would be a major loss for a team that is already looking to rebuild.

The good news is that Hazell is instilling some discipline in this team that seemed to be missing when Danny Hope was head coach. People have talked about how he is a “no-nonsense” type of coach and that he will not be taking any type of poor decisions by his players lightly.

This has been a problem for the Boilermakers in years past as they have been a program that has been lacking any sort of leadership at the coaching position.

Is Ross another example of wasted talent that the Boilermakers know all about?

He had 56 catches for 454 yards and two touchdowns despite missing three games this year. He caught at least two passes in every game that he played in this season and looked to be the team’s top returning receiver and would be the team’s No. 1 going into spring ball.

This is Ross’ second suspension since being at Purdue and has been under close watch as of late.

This could be a sign of things to come with Hazell as he is a respected head coach and if the players take notice of a situation like this, the chances of it happening again are slim.

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