Purdue fired its head coach on Sunday, and it opened an opportunity for a former SEC football player.
The Boilermakers terminated their relationship with Darrell Hazell after a tumultuous four years, creating an opening at the top of the Purdue football program for the remainder of the 2016 season.
Purdue announced Sunday that Gerad Parker would be taking over as the interim head coach.
If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Parker was a four-year letter winner for Kentucky football from 2001-04. From his official bio:
Parker twice was named to the Southeastern Conference Scholar Athlete Honor Roll (2002 and 2003), was selected the Most Inspirational Player by his teammates (2004) and was the UK Football Scholar Athlete of the Year (2004).
Parker earned his bachelor’s degree in business management in 2003 and his master’s in education in 2005, both from Kentucky.
After graduating, Parker served as a graduate assistant on Rich Brooks’ staff. His coaching stops between Kentucky and Purdue include UT-Martin and Marshall.
Parker was hired by Purdue in 2013 and most recently served as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator prior to his promotion.