Athletic director Morgan Burke wants Purdue back in the Rose Bowl, and he’s willing to put his money on Darrell Hazell to get there.
After a whirlwind week of speculation, Burke ended the chatter by introducing the 48-year-old New Jersey native as the Boilermakers’ head coach Wednesday.
“We did it because we want to get back to Pasadena,” Burke said.
Hazell is a disciplined student of the game who spent seven seasons as the receivers coach at Ohio State under Jim Tressel.
In Hazell’s first year, the Golden Flashes went 5-7 in 2011. Kent State delivered on that promise this season, finishing 11-2 (8-0 MAC) for the school’s first winning season since 2001. Kent State was picked for the Jan. 6 GoDaddy.com Bowl, where it will face Arkansas State with Hazell on the sideline.
“I had two goals when I went to Kent State,” Hazell said. “One was to win a MAC championship, and the other was to go to a bowl game, so this is too big to miss.”
Former Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema says he won’t coach the Badgers in the Rose Bowl. Athletic director Barry Alvarez has a news conference scheduled today and there’s speculation he’ll return to the sideline when the Badgers play Stanford on Jan. 1. … Cincinnati coach Butch Jones denied he has agreed to become the football coach at Colorado. … Florida International fired Mario Cristobal nearly two weeks after FIU finished an injury-filled season 3-9. … California WR Keenan Allen will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft. … South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney has won the 2012 Ted Hendricks Award as the nation’s top defensive end. … Kansas State QB Collin Klein is the AP Big 12 offensive player of the year. … Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert has won the John Mackey Award that goes to college football’s best tight end.