UPDATE: Purdue announces Darrell Hazell as new head coach

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Purdue announced Wednesday that Darrell Hazell will take the reins of the university’s football program.

Terms of the agreement were not announced. Purdue athletics director Morgan J. Burke called Hazell a “great fit” for the program.

“Darrell is a great fit to build on our existing foundation,” Burke said. “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 will leave Kent state to come to Purdue. He was named the 2012 MAC Coach of the Year after guiding the Golden Flashes to an 11-2 record. Kent State will play in its first bowl game in 40 years and earned its first-ever MAC East Division Championship. He compiled a 16-9 record over two seasons.

“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. “It’s a wonderful opportunity. Purdue University has a great football tradition, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Prior to becoming head coach at Kent State, Hazell was an assistant head coach and wide receivers coach at Ohio State, where he spent seven seasons.

He will be introduced during a news conference Wednesday night.

Earlier: WEST LAFAYETTE – Rejected earlier in the day by its top choice, Purdue appears to have quickly found another to become their next head football coach.

A report from CBS Sports late Tuesday night says that the school has hired Kent State’s Darrell Hazell as its new head football coach.

Bruce Feldman, a reporter for CBS Sports, tweeted that Hazell will replace Danny Hope who was fired after the final regular season game.

Late Tuesday night, a few players took to their Twitter account to announce the coming of Hazell to West Lafayette.

Charles Torwudzo posted to his account: “Glad to say we got Darrell Hazell as our new head football coach. Awesome past as a WR coach, lookin forward to meeting him! #BoilerUp

Ryan Russell posted this to his account: “Excited to meet and get to know our new Head Football Coach Darrell Hazell, welcome!”

Purdue has yet to confirm the hire.

During his two seasons at Kent State Hazell brought the program on the brink of a BCS berth. His team went 11-1 in winning the MAC East championship this past season and went to the conference title game ranked 17th in the country.

A double overtime loss to Northern Illinois sent the Huskies to the Orange Bowl with Kent State landing in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.

Hazell served as an assistant under Jim Tressel at Ohio State, coaching wide receivers and serving as assistant head coach between 2004 and 2010.

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