Darrell Hazell

Purdue finalizes Hazell’s six-year, $12 million contract


Exactly 10 days after Purdue finalized the hiring of Darrell Hazell as its new head football coach, the school has done the same with his contract.  And, suffice to say, Hazell won’t be forced to decide between Hydrox and Oreos at any point in the near future.

Purdue confirmed via a press release that Hazell’s new contract is for six years and will pay the coach $2 million annually in guaranteed compensation.  Of that, $250,000 is the base university salary while the other $1.75 million is considered a supplemental stipend consisting of compensation for radio, television, and other development and marketing appearances.

At Kent State in 2012, Hazell made $300,000 in guaranteed compensation.  He also had a $725,000 buyout built into his KSU deal, which he is paying off via an interest-free loan from his new employer included in his new contract.  The release states that “[t]he loan will be forgiven in installments over time as Hazell meets the conditions of his Purdue contract.”

To put Purdue’s commitment to Hazell into the proper financial perspective, Danny Hope made $970,000 in his fourth and last season with the Boilermakers in 2012.  Hazell also has the opportunity to earn $1 million in bonuses; Hope’s bonus potential topped out at $779,000.

(Writer’s note: excellent work, Mr. Kopp.  Excellent work.)

As part of his Purdue contract, Hazell will have a compensation pool of $2.1 million for the hiring of assistant coaches.

Report: Duke Williams injured Auburn teammate with punch in ‘bar rampage’

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 29:  D'haquille Williams #1 of the Auburn Tigers misses a touchdown catch in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the Iron Bowl at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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D’haquille Williams may have some additional explaining to do to NFL personnel if another report is accurate.

Monday night, Auburn announced that the star wide receiver had been dismissed from Gus Malzahn‘s football program.  A day later, reports surfaced that Williams’ dismissal came after he went on a weekend “bar rampage” following one of his friends getting the heave-ho from a local drinking establishment over a dress-code issue. It was alleged that Williams had punched a pair of security guards, a bartender’s assistant and an unnamed patron of the bar.

The unnamed, however, now has a name.

According to the ABC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., and a citing a source close to the AU program, Tigers center Xavier Dampeer‘s jaw was on the receiving end of one of Williams’ alleged punches. The website wrote that “Dampeer has been treated and released from East Alabama Medical Center, according to a worker at the hospital.”

Malzahn was asked Tuesday if any other Tiger players were involved in the incident. “I’m not going to get into any details,” the coach said according to al.com.

No charges have been filed in connection to the incident.

“We cannot file charges until the injured person(s) comes forward,” Auburn police chief Paul Register told the television station. “Unless an officer personally sees a fight, no arrests can be made.”

Illini’s leading rusher, Josh Ferguson, officially ruled out vs. Iowa

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If Illinois is going to improve upon its solid 4-1 start to the 2015 season, it’ll have to do so without a significant cog in its offensive machinery.

On the official injury report release Thursday night, the Illini confirmed that Josh Ferguson has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against No. 22 Iowa.  The decision is not exactly a surprise as Ferguson has been doubtful in the run-up to the road game against the Hawkeyes.

Ferguson sustained an injury to his right shoulder in the first quarter of last Saturday’s last-second win over Nebraska, and has been unable to practice at all this week.

Ferguson’s 381 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and 5.4 yards per carry are all tops on the team.  He’s added 12 receptions for 28 yards and another touchdown coming out of the backfield.

With Ferguson sidelined, the bulk of the running-game load is expected to shift to Ke’Shawn Vaughn.  Through five games, Vaughn is second on the Illini with 325 yards and a pair of touchdowns.