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Ohio State's Hazell heading to Kent State

12/19/2010

Ohio State receivers coach Darrell Hazell has been hired as Kent State's new coach, colleague Joe Schad is reporting.

Kent State scheduled a news conference for 3 p.m. ET Monday to introduce its new head coach.

Hazell certainly is ready to make the jump, and this looks like a solid hire for the Golden Flashes. Hazell served as Ohio State's assistant head coach, and has taken on a greater role with play-calling duties in recent years. When Ohio State coach Jim Tressel couldn't attend the Big Ten spring meetings in May because of his wife's heart procedure, Hazell went in his place.

For a true national powerhouse, Ohio State has a very unassuming staff of assistants. But these guys can coach, and Hazell is a good get for a Kent State program that needs a boost.

He's a classy guy, and it's good to see him get a shot.