Hazell confirms Bollman departure to MSU

So far, Michigan State hasn't confirmed numerous reports that Jim Bollman will join the Spartans' staff as its offensive coordinator.

But if there was any lingering doubt, Purdue coach Darrell Hazell dispelled that this morning. Speaking to the Lafayette Journal and Courier's Mike Carmin, Hazell confirmed that Bollman -- who had joined the Boilermakers' staff as offensive line coach in January -- is indeed headed to East Lansing.

"Coach Bollman is a great guy," Hazell told Carmin. "I have nothing but high regard for him. Coach [Mark] Dantonio and him have worked together in the past. He had a chance to be a coordinator. I'm happy for him."

Bollman, Dantonio and Hazell were all former assistants at Ohio State under Jim Tressel. Bollman was the Buckeyes' offensive line coach and offensive coordinator from 2001 to 2011. At Michigan State, he would replace Dan Roushar, who left last month to coach running backs with the NFL's New Orleans Saints.

Hazell also told Carmin that he hoped to have a new offensive line coach in place as soon as Monday and that he has already spoken to a couple of candidates.