Team: Purdue Boilermakers B1G West
Head Coach: Darrell Hazell 2nd year
Last Yearâ€™s Record: 1-11
Key Assistant: DC Greg Hudson
Trending: Upward. Yes I said upward. I really like Coach Hazell. On and off the field. He is a very solid football mind. Purdue is a tough place to build and win and when you do, it is never enough for the delusional fan base.
He is rebuilding a program and even though I project them to only get to three wins it is still an improvement. Add to that he is adding talent and it takes time. I think he is still two seasons from being consistently bowl eligible, but he can get there.
Last year it was clear the issues for this team. They couldnâ€™t score and they couldnâ€™t stop anyone from scoring. Hazell wonâ€™t cut corners and he will do it right. I am a buyer on the man and the coach. Two more tough seasons are ahead Boilermakers, but learn from your past with coaches and remain patient. Hazell can do it.
Western Michigan: Win
Central Michigan: Win
Notre Dame (Indianapolis): Loss
Southern Illinois: Win
At Illinois: Loss
Michigan State: Loss
At Minnesota: Loss
At Nebraska: Loss
At Indiana: Loss
Final thoughts: In todayâ€™s fast paced right now mentality, rebuilding is a tough thing to do. Add to it you are Purdue and it is worse. The problem with Purdue in the past is not coaching; itâ€™s that you are Purdue. They ran Joe Tiller out and should have erected a statue to the man. Developing players is the only way to win consistently at Purdue. Will they run Hazell out before he can lay a foundation and reap the reward? That remains to be seen, but I would let my son play for him.