It’s true: There is other Big Ten news NOT involving Bret Bielema shocking the hemisphere by ditching Wisconsin for Arkansas (Arkansas?!). I have some below in my daily links. Really. The headliner: Purdue took the wraps off a new era with a press conference to announce the hiring of … ta-dah! … Darrell Hazell as head coach.
Danny Wild-US PRESSWIRE
Purdue made it official Wednesday night, introducing Kent State’s Darrell Hazell as its new head football coach. A former Ohio State assistant, Hazell replaces Danny Hope, who was fired last month after four seasons. As previously reported, Hazell will coach Kent State in its bowl game Jan. 6, 2013, and come to West Lafayette for good the following day. Check out some of the tweets on Hazell in this post.
(AP) 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.
Time to open up the mail bag. And, as you would suspect, the bag was stuffed with questions about Bret Bielema’s shocking move from Wisconsin to Arkansas that still has the nation buzzing.
Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
After failing to land Cincinnati coach Butch Jones, Purdue was able to grab Kent State coach Darrell Hazell.
Terone Johnson scored 16 points and A.J. Hammons added 13 as Purdue routed Lamar 72-39 on Tuesday night. The win allowed the young Boilermakers to climb back to .500 after Saturday’s rare nonconference home loss to Xavier.