Darrell Hazell is new Purdue football coach

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

West Lafayette, IN, United States (4E Sports) – Purdue named Darrell Hazell its football coach Wednesday. No contract terms were released immediately.

“Darrell is a great fit to build on our existing foundation,” said Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke.

Burke made it clear after firing Danny Hope that he wanted an offense-minded coach. Hazell guided the Kent Stated Golden Flashes to an 11-2 record and a MAC East Division title in his second season.

He has two years of head-coaching experience and served as an assistant under Jim Tressel in Ohio State from 2004-2010. Hazell coached the Buckeyes’ receivers and served as assistant head coach for his final six seasons.

He was instrumental in Ohio State’s offensive game plans.

As a Tressel disciple, Hazell places an emphasis on special teams and turnover margin, two areas where Kent State excelled this season.

A New Jersey native who worked as an assistant at Rutgers, Hazell’s ties to New Jersey should be beneficial in recruiting.

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