Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Sources: Purdue hires Hazell as coach
By Adam Rittenberg
Kent State's Darell Hazell has accepted the head-coaching position at Purdue, sources tell ESPN colleague Brett McMurphy.
Purdue turned its attention to Hazell, a former Ohio State assistant, after interviewing Cincinnati coach Butch Jones on Sunday. Purdue fell out of the running for Jones earlier this week. Hazell will succeed Danny Hope, fired Nov. 24 after four seasons at the helm. McMurphy reports that Kent State has a team meeting scheduled for Wednesday morning.
CBSSports.com first reported Hazell's hiring Tuesday night.
Hazell led Kent State to an 11-2 record and a MAC East division championship in his second year as coach. He was an Ohio State assistant under Jim Tressel from 2004-2010, working with wide receivers and serving as assistant head coach for the final six seasons.
Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke said he wanted an offensive-minded coach, and Hazell, who played wide receiver and has coached exclusively on the offensive side during his career, fits the description.
More to come on Hazell after the official announcement from Purdue.