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Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Sources: Darrell Hazell joins Purdue

By Brett McMurphy

Kent State coach Darrell Hazell, who led the Golden Flashes to an 11-2 record this season, has accepted the job at Purdue, sources told ESPN.

Hazell will replace Danny Hope, who was fired after compiling a 22-27 record over four years with the Boilermakers.

Hazell, who compiled a 16-9 record in two seasons at Kent State, previously served as Ohio State's wide receivers coach from 2005 to 2010.

The Golden Flashes have a team meeting scheduled for Wednesday morning, sources told ESPN.

Purdue also interviewed Cincinnati's Butch Jones as a possible replacement for Hope, who was fired after going 23-27 in four seasons.

Hazell was named the Mid-American Conference's Coach of the Year after leading the Golden Flashes (11-2, 8-0 MAC) to their first winning season since 2001.

Kent State reached No. 17 in the BCS standings, the best in school history, before losing to Northern Illinois 44-37 in double overtime in the MAC Championship Game.

Kent State will play Arkansas State, whose own head coach, Gus Malzahn, has left for a job at Auburn, in the Bowl on Jan. 6 in Mobile, Ala.

Purdue (6-6) will play Oklahoma State in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year's Day.