John Shoop, the offensive coordinator for the Purdue football team, was called into the office of Darrell Hazell, the team’s head coach, and fired. It was 12:45 p.m. Sunday.
At first glance, this would appear to be a classic case of a coach firing some assistants — two defensive coaches were also given the boot — to save his own skin. The day before, Purdue ended its season with its 10th loss; indeed, in his three years as head coach, Hazell has gone 6-30, winning only twice against Big Ten opponents. Many Purdue fans believe that Hazell should have been fired, and that the main reason he was allowed to keep his job was that the university did not want to pay him the $6.7 million buyout his contract calls for.