Who will replace Darrell Hazell at Purdue?
Purdue is the second Power 5 team to make an in-season coaching change in 2016, as Darrell Hazell was fired on Sunday following the Boilermakers loss to Iowa. Hazell came to Purdue after a successful 16-10 stint at Kent State, including an 11-3 record in 2012. However, Hazell was only 9-33 in his tenure with the Boilermakers and never won more than one game in Big Ten play.
Assistant Gerad Parker will serve as the team’s interim coach for the rest of the 2016 season.
Purdue is a tough job, but this program is in the easier division of the Big Ten (West). Additionally, the program is upgrading some of its facilities and is under the direction of new athletic director Mike Bobinksi.
10 Candidates to Replace Darrell Hazell as Purdue’s Coach
Jeff Brohm, head coach, WKU
Brohm is a sharp offensive mind and is 24-10 through three seasons with the Hilltoppers. He’s a rising star and his background on offense would bring some excitement to the program.
Pete Carmichael, offensive coordinator, New Orleans Saints
Carmichael is a wild card to watch, as he hasn’t coached in college since 1994 (New Hampshire). However, he’s worked under Sean Payton in New Orleans since 2006 and is regarded for his work with the Saints’ offense.
Tim Drevno, offensive coordinator, Michigan
Drevo, Jedd Fisch and coach Jim Harbaugh have brought marked improvement to Michigan’s offense over the last two years. Drevno was hired as the Wolverines’ offensive line coach in 2015, but the California native does not have any head coaching experience. Drevno also has experience from stops at USC, Stanford, Idaho, San Jose State and in the NFL with the 49ers.
Dan Enos, offensive coordinator, Arkansas
Enos went 26-36 in five years at Central Michigan (2010-14), and in somewhat of a surprise, left Mount Pleasant to be Arkansas’ play-caller after the 2014 season. Enos has ties to the Big Ten as a former assistant at Michigan State under Mark Dantonio and has emerged as one of the SEC’s top offensive coordinators over the last two years.
Jedd Fisch, assistant coach, Michigan
Fisch has never been a head coach at the FBS level, but he’s gathered a wealth of experience as an assistant in college and in the NFL. After a two-year stint as a graduate assistant at Florida from 1999-00, Fisch worked in the NFL from 2001-08 with three different teams (Texans, Ravens and Broncos). Fisch called the plays for the Golden Gophers in 2009 and later worked with the Seahawks (2010), Miami (2011-12) and with the Jaguars (2013-14) before landing at Michigan in 2015.
P.J. Fleck, head coach, Western Michigan
Fleck is a rising star and primed to move up the coaching ranks at the FBS level. He’s 24-21 at Western Michigan and regarded as an outstanding recruiter. However, Fleck can probably aim higher than Purdue.
Les Miles, former LSU head coach
Miles has popped up in the rumor mill as a possible candidate for this job or any FBS opening this offseason. He went 114-34 at LSU from 2005-16, but he also struggled to develop an offense and underachieved with some of the nation’s best talent at the end of his tenure.
Greg Schiano, Co-Defensive Coordinator, Ohio State
It’s only a matter of time before Schiano gets another chance to be a head coach at the FBS level. The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach is back in college in his first year as Ohio State’s defensive coordinator. Schiano went 68-67 at Rutgers from 2001-11.
Brock Spack, head coach, Illinois State
Spack is a former Purdue assistant and played linebacker for the Boilermakers from 1980-83. He’s 59-33 as a head coach at Illinois State, which included back-to-back FCS playoff berths from 2014-15.
Ed Warinner, Co-Offensive Coordinator, Ohio State
Warinner has strong ties to the Midwest and has Big Ten experience from the last five years at Ohio State and a previous stint at Illinois. He also has experience as an assistant from stops at Notre Dame, Kansas, and Army.