Hazell was 9-33 overall (.220) since taking over in 2013, and his dismissal had seemed almost inevitable entering this season. A 3-2 start with victories against FCS opponents Eastern Kentucky, Nevada and
Wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Gerad Parker is now interim coach. Parker is in his fourth season on staff.
"From the first time I met Darrell, I could tell he was a man of high character — a quality person who you would want leading a group of young men — but our inconsistent performance and inability to generate positive momentum thus far this season, along with the disappointing results of the past three seasons, made it clear to me that we needed to make a change," Bobinski said in a statement.
The Boilermakers lost 49-35 at home to
The last Purdue coach to have a worse winning percentage than Hazell was William Henry Dietz, who went 1-6 in 1921. The Boilermakers play at No. 8
Michigan moved up to No. 3 in The Associated Press college football poll, right behind No. 2
Alabama remained No. 1 with a season-high 60 first-place votes. The Buckeyes stayed No. 2 after an overtime victory against
Michigan has its best ranking since it was No. 3 after losing to Ohio State in '06.