People in West Lafayette are still buzzing about the hire of Darrell Hazell as the next Purdue Boilermaker head coach. The hire comes as a surprise to many as other names were circulating around the vacant coaching position.
The Kent State head coach will finish the season with the Golden Flashes and coach their bowl game game before departing to coach Purdue.
The coaches new contract makes him one of the higher paid coaches in the Big Ten, making $12 million over the next six years.
Hazell has been Kent State’s head coach for just two seasons but turned this program around completely. They were 5-7 the first year he was in control of this team, which was already a huge improvement from the previous season, and then followed that up with an 11-2 record this season.
With the GODADDY.com Bowl still left against Arkansas State on Jan. 6, the second year head coach has a chance to be one of just a select number of teams to reach 12 wins in 2012.
Hazell spent 10 season as an assistant coach under Jim Tressel at Ohio State and Tressel saw the potential of the young coach early on, promoting him from receivers coach to assistant head coach after just one season on staff.
If that is any indication of what is to come for the Boilermakers, they should be thrilled to have one of the great young coaches in the game.
A Rose Bowl could be coming in the near future for these Boilermakers, something that hasn’t happened since 1967. Yes, it’s been a while.