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Purdue hires new football coach

Kent State Athletics

Darrell Hazell is Purdue’s new head football coach.

Athletics Director Morgan Burke announced the hiring in a news release Wednesday morning and Hazell will be formally introduced at a news conference on campus Wednesday night.

Hazell comes from Kent State, where he’s led the program for two years and has a record of 16-9. Terms of the agreement have not been announced.

Hazell replaces Danny Hope, who was fired November 25th after four years as head coach.

“Darrell is a great fit to build on our existing foundation,” Burke said in the news release. “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.”

“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.”

Hazell Coaching History:

  • 2011-12         Kent State (head coach)
  • 2005-10         Ohio State (assistant head coach/wide receivers)
  • 2004               Ohio State (wide receivers/kick returns)
  • 2003               Rutgers (assistant head coach)
  • 2001-02         Rutgers (wide receivers)
  • 1999-00         West Virginia (running backs)
  • 1997-98         U.S. Military Academy (wide receivers/tight ends)
  • 1995-96         Western Michigan (wide receivers)
  • 1992-94         Pennsylvania (running backs)
  • 1989-91         Oberlin College (offensive coordinator)
  • 1988               Eastern Illinois (running backs/wide receivers)
  • 1986-87         Oberlin College (running backs)
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