Purdue’s week-and-a-half-long search for its 35th head football coach has met its end.
Kent State coach Darrell Hazell, the 2012 Mid-American Conference Coach-of-the-Year, has accepted Purdue’s offer to succeed Danny Hope atop the Boilermaker program, sources confirmed to GoldandBlack.com Tuesday night.
As of 9:30 p.m., Purdue was preparing its announcement, likely in advance of a Wednesday press conference.
Kent State has called a meeting 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, at which time its players will be informed of the coach’s departure. Hazell presided Tuesday afternoon over Kent State’s first practice in advance of the GoDaddy.com Bowl.
The 48-year-old Hazell guided the historically middling Golden Flashes to an 11-2 season. Had it not been for a narrow overtime loss to Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship Game in Detroit, Kent State would likely have made history by being included in the Bowl Championship Series field.
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