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                  === Hazell leaves Kent State for Purdue ===
 
 West  Lafayette, IN  (Sports Network)  - Purdue  University has  named Darrell
 Hazell its new football coach.
 
 Hazell spent the past two seasons at Kent State, leading the Golden Flashes to
 a  record of 16-9.  This year's team was 11-2 and lost to Northern Illinois in
 the Mid-American Conference championship.
 
 "I'm  extremely excited to work with the players at Purdue, and I look forward
 to  experiencing a  lot of success in  the future," said Hazell in a statement
 Wednesday.  "It's  a wonderful  opportunity.  Purdue  University has  a  great
 football tradition, and I can't wait to get started."
 
 Purdue  needed  a replacement for  Danny Hope, who  was fired in late November
 despite  a three-game  winning streak  to conclude  the season  that gave  the
 Boilermakers  a  6-6 record  and a berth  in the Heart  of Dallas Bowl against
 Oklahoma State.
 
 Hope  was 22-27 in  four years with the Boilermakers and just 13-19 in the Big
 Ten.
 
 Hazell has experience in the Big Ten, serving as assistant head coach and wide
 receivers  coach at  Ohio State from 2004-10. He's also worked as an assistant
 at  Rutgers, West  Virginia, Army, Western Michigan, Penn, Oberlin and Eastern
 Illinois since 1986.
 
 "Darrell  is  a great  fit to  build on our  existing foundation," said Purdue
 athletic director Morgan J. Burke on Wednesday. "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."
 
 Hazell  was selected as  the top coach in the MAC this season. Kent State will
 play in the GoDaddy.com Bowl against Arkansas State in January.
 
 
 12/05 19:08:17 ET