Kent State Coach Takes Job with Purdue

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KENT, Ohio — Kent State University football coach Darrell Hazell on Wednesday announced that he was leaving to take a job at Purdue University.

According to a posting on Purdue’s website, Hazell will become the school’s 35th head football coach in history.

“Darrell is a great fit to build on our existing foundation,” Purdue Athletics Director Morgan J. Burke said. “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.”

Hazell served as head coach at KSU for the last two seasons compiling a 16-9 record and leading the Golden Flashes to their most-successful season ever in 2012 as the team went 11-2 and won the school’s first-ever Mid-American Conference East Division Championship. 

Kent State will play in the GoDaddy.com Bowl on January 6th in Mobile, Alabama.  It will be Kent State’s first bowl game in 40 years.    

With Hazell’s departure to Purdue, he becomes the 13th former head coach from the MAC in current FBS head coaching positions –including nearly half of the Big Ten (five total) and both coaches in this year’s BCS Championship Game – Alabama’s Nick Saban (Toledo) and Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly (Central Michigan).  

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