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Reports: Kent State to hire Buckeyes assistant Darrell Hazell
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Reports: Kent State to hire Buckeyes assistant Darrell Hazell

The coaching search is apparently over for Kent State. Darrell Hazell, Ohio State assistant coach leading the wide receivers will be introduced as the next head coach according on Monday to multiple reports.

“It should be interesting to see what happens Monday,” Hazell said Sunday when reached by phone by NBC 4 in Columbus, Ohio. Hazell would not confirm that the job is his or whether or not he will coach the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2011 Sugar Bowl against Arkansas.

This will be the first time Hazell will lead a program as the head coach. A veteran assistant dating back to 1986, Hazell has made many stops on his way to the top of the coaching pecking order including stops at Penn, Eastern Illinois, Oberlin, Western Michigan, Army, West Virginia, Rutgers and Ohio State. Hazell joined the Buckeyes coaching staff in 2004 to coach the wide receivers and kick returners. Most recently his title had been elevated to wide receivers coach in an assistant head-coaching role.

As a wide receivers coach at Ohio State Hazell helped develop a number of players that went on to the NFL, including New York Jets receiver Santonio Holmes and Ted Ginn Jr. of the Miami Dolphins.

The Cinnaminson, N.J. native was a star high school football player and won all-conference honors at Division 3 Muskingum University in Ohio.

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Kevin McGuire
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