It's now official: Ohio State receivers coach Darrell Hazell has been named Kent State's new head coach.
Ohio State coach Jim Tressel issued the following statement:
“I’m so excited for Darrell Hazell as he takes over as the head coach at Kent State. He has certainly been a difference-maker at Ohio State. The Golden Flashes are starting a golden era led by Darrell Hazell. His Buckeye family wishes him every success.”
Amazingly, Hazell is the first Tressel assistant to leave Ohio State for a head-coaching position since defensive coordinator Mark Snyder left for the Marshall job after the 2004 season. Linebackers coach/co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell likely would be the next in line to make a move. Fickell has been mentioned as a possibility for the vacancy at Miami (Ohio).