Darrell Hazell is all about formality.
Purdue's new coach expects his players to be sharp, follow the rules and dress appropriately for their role as campus leaders. He won't accept excuses, and he refuses to change the standards for anyone.
On Tuesday, he found another succinct way to deliver his message when he showed up for this season's first weekly news conference. Hazell, cornerback Ricardo Allen and right guard Trevor Foy traded the gold and black golf shirts that had become customary attire over the last decade for suits and ties - a clear signal that it's time to get back to business at the Cradle of Quarterbacks.
''I feel pretty good right now, but it's only Tuesday,'' the new Purdue coach said five days before the season opener at Cincinnati. ''But I'm very relaxed because I think we have a good football team. I think we have a lot of good football players in our locker room, I think they're looking and seeing things ...