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Hazell says Purdue decision had to be fast
ESPN reports Purdue will pay $2 million a year to Kent's coach
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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Darrell Hazell spent seven years as an assistant at Ohio State before coming to Kent.
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UPDATE: Kent State announced late this afternoon that Coach Darrell Hazell will coach the team in the godaddy.com bowl on Jan. 6.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of the story included an incorrect record for the Kent State Golden Flashes this year.


The most successful Kent State football coach in 40 years says he had a narrow window to decide whether to leave Kent for Purdue University. 

Darrell Hazell confirmed this morning, he’s taking over at Purdue. He’s finishing his second year at Kent, took the team to a 11-2 record and MAC championship game and was to coach them in the godaddy.com bowl on Jan. 6.

Hazell said he couldn’t wait until then to make a decision.

 

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“You can’t delay them that long. They want to get things rolling from their end, which you  have to have respect for. There’s no way we could have delayed it for three or four weeks, so we had to make the decision relatively quickly.”

Purdue is giving Hazell permission to coach in the godaddy bowl, but that will be up to Kent State’s athletic director.

 Hazell is not discussing the terms of his contract, including whether Purdue will buy out the final three years on his agreement with Kent State. ESPN says he’ll make $2 million a year over six years. He had a base pay of $300,000 at Kent State, plus incentives.

 

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