My Purdue football coaching list
When you're vested as an alumnus, having spent your parent's hard earned money to graduate in four, er, five years, you feel like you have a say in who gets your vote to be the next coach.
Unfortunately, Darrell Hazell was way, way over his head. Yes, he had to deal with the mess left over from the Danny Hope years, but he did little, very little (9-33) to right the ship.
Purdue now finds itself in the search for another head coach after letting Hazell go. Rather than let him finish the season, new athletic director Mike Bobinski decided to end the misery for everyone.
So, we move on...
2. Ed Warinner - Off. Coordinator at Ohio State. He's the guy who calls the plays for the Buckeyes and there's no question they look damn good on offense. Was offensive line coach. Has learned a lot under Meyer. But, can he recruit? Huge positive is he's affordable and up and coming.
2A. P.J. Fleck - One of the hottest names out there. Only 35 years old. Has demonstrated he can recruit, but can he do it on a Big Ten scale? Obviously has an excellent relationship with young guys. Has totally turned around the Western Michigan program. "Row The Boat" is cutting through the waters. Purdue, however, is leery about hiring another coach from the MAC where Darrell Hazell came from. Before that, it was Danny Hope from the Ohio Valley Conference. Purdue might be looking for major conference experience. But, Fleck seems to have the "it" factor right now.
3. Ed Orgeron - interim head coach at LSU. Took over for Les Miles. Stepped up at USC as interim coach when Lane Kiffen was fired. Has progressed a ton from when he coached at Ole Miss. His players love him. He has a good offensive oriented mind. Having been around three major programs is a big plus. He went 6-2 while at USC and currently is 2-0 at LSU. He can coach.
1. Les Miles, former LSU coach. Miles is 62 and no guarantee he'll embrace a long-term contract to be in West Lafayette without always listening to the next big offer. Has a national title under his belt, but the knock on him is he's not very innovative on offense. Purdue has the reputation of developing quarterbacks and that is not a Miles specialty. He will also be expensive.
2. Brock Spack, Illinois State Head Coach. Was Joe Tiller's defensive coordinator and toward the end, his defenses faltered. Was passed over for the head coaching position at Purdue once. Spack perhaps isn't a big enough name to attract meaningful recruits, and a 3-4 record this season isn't helping.