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Purdue to hire Kent State coach Hazell after Cincy's Jones passes on job

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer
Purdue will hire Kent State coach Darrell Hazell to replace Danny Hope, a source confirmed to (US Presswire)

Purdue is set to hire Kent State 's Darrell Hazell as their next head football coach, a source tells's Bruce Feldman.

Hazell led the Golden Flashes to an 11-2 season in 2012, falling just short of a conference title in a double-overtime loss to Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship game. The second-year coach was named MAC Coach of the Year for his efforts in leading Kent State to its first winning season since 2001.

Before accepting his current role at Kent State, Hazell spent six seasons as an assistant under Jim Tressel at Ohio State. Hazell's Big Ten experience made him a top candidate for the job, particularly after Cincinnati coach Butch Jones -- who has also a candidate for the job -- reportedly turned down the opportunity to lead the Boilermakers.

Purdue fired Danny Hope on Nov. 25 after he went 23-27 in four seasons as head coach.

Kent State is set to face Arkansas State in the Bowl in Mobile, Ala. The Red Wolves also lost their coach on Tuesday after Auburn named Gus Malzahn -- the offensive coordinator on the Tigers' 2010 National Championship team -- as their new head coach. Needless to say the bowl game will likely be missing two of the names adding intrigue to this MAC-Sun Belt showdown.

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