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Purdue officially announces hiring of Hazell

Hazell

Purdue officially announced the hiring of Darrell Hazell as the football coach.

"I'm extremely excited to work with the players at Purdue, and I look forward to experiencing a lot of success in the future," Hazell said in a statement. "It's a wonderful opportunity. Purdue University has a great football tradition, and I can't wait to get started."

Terms of the agreement were not announced.

Hazell, 48, comes to Purdue from Kent State. He is the 35th football coach in the school's history. The school plans a news conference for 7 p.m. today.

"Darrell is a great fit to build on our existing foundation," Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke said in a statement. "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. He understands our '25/85' vision as well as our desire to recruit both locally and nationally. Furthermore, it is clear that he appreciates the Cradle of Quarterbacks tradition, and it will remain a focal point of our program."

Hazell went 16-9 in two years at Kent State. The Golden Flashes are 11-2 and will play in their first bowl game in 40 years. Hazell was named the 2012 MAC Coach of the Year, the third Kent State to be so honored, following Don James (1972) and Glen Mason (1986).

Kent State's 11 wins are a school record. The Flashes won six games on the road, including a 35-23 victory at No. 15 Rutgers, their first-ever against a ranked opponent. They became the first MAC East team to finish 8-0 in the conference since 2003 and climbed to as high as No. 17 in the Bowl Championship Series standings. Kent State is ranked No. 25 heading into the GoDaddy.com Bowl against Arkansas State on Jan. 6.

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