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Darrell Hazell Reportedly Being Hired as Purdue Head Coach

PISCATAWAY, NJ - OCTOBER 27: Head coach Darrell Hazell of the Kent State Golden Flashes looks on against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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Tim KeeneyContributor IDecember 5, 2012

Let the college football coaching carousel continue. 

Not long after we saw several head coaches agree to deals with new schools, the Purdue Boilermakers have reportedly wrestled Darrell Hazell away from Kent State. 

UPDATE: Wednesday, December 5 at 10:17 a.m. ET

It's official, Purdue has hired Darrell Hazell to coach the Boilermakers. GoldandBlack.com's Staff has the latest:

After the news broke Tuesday night, Purdue made its decision official today, announcing Darrell Hazell as its next head football coach. 

Terms of the agreement were not announced.

'Darrell is a great fit to build on our existing foundation,' athletic director Morgan Burke said in a release. 'His leadership at Kent State, combined with his prior experience at Ohio State and other stops along the way, has prepared him to help us continue to move toward developing a championship-caliber program. He understands our '25/85' vision as well as our desire to recruit both locally and nationally. Furthermore, it is clear that he appreciates the Cradle of Quarterbacks tradition, and it will remain a focal point of our program.'

---End of Update---

CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman originally reported the news:

Purdue is hiring Darrell Hazell as its new coach, a source tells CBS.

— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) December 5, 2012

Hazell will take over for Danny Hope, who led the Boilermakers to a 6-6 record this season and a 22-27 record over the past four years. 

After just two seasons with Kent State, it was clear that the 48-year-old Hazell would soon be headed to a major program. 

He led the Golden Flashes to a 5-7 record in his first-ever year as a head coach, but came back this season to put them on the national radar. Despite inconsistent quarterback play, he helped the Flashes win 11 games, rise to No. 18 in the AP Poll and come within one game of a BCS bowl. 

Considering Kent State was picked by most to finish fourth in the MAC East division alone, it's pretty safe to describe Hazell's season as miraculous, and it is not surprising that he got attention from the big boys. 

Before resurrecting the Kent State program, Hazell served under Ohio State as the wide receivers coach. He has also worked with Rutgers, West Virginia and several other schools since starting his coaching career all the way back in 1986. 

Hazell has successfully moved through the chain of command during his career, and now he'll finally get his chance at the big time when he looks to turn around this Big Ten program. 

 

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