Report: Hazell interviews for open position at Purdue

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By Allen Moff | Staff writer

Kent State head coach Darrell Hazell is rumored to have interviewed with Purdue University officials on Monday, likely on or near the Kent State University campus.

According to the website FlightAware, a Purdue University jet landed at the Akron-Canton Regional Airport on Monday at 1:47 p.m., then departed at 4:38 p.m.

The Boilermakers are seeking a replacement for Danny Hope, who was relieved of his duties on Nov. 25 and will not coach Purdue's upcoming bowl game. Hope compiled a 22-27 record in four years with the Boilermakers, including a 13-19 mark in the Big Ten.

Current Cincinnati head coach Butch Jones is considered the front-runner to take over the Purdue program, but he reportedly decided to interview for the University of Colorado head coaching position.

A source close to Kent State confirmed that Hazell interviewed with representatives from the University of California at an undisclosed location not in California on Sunday. The 'Contra Costa Times' reported on Monday that Utah State's Sonny Dykes is the leading candidate to take over the Golden Bears.

At Monday's press conference, Hazell once again refused to discuss other jobs.

"No, I am not actively looking," he said. "There are so many rumors floating around. Every time a job comes open, my name's mentioned. That's honoring, but I can't discuss all the rumors that are out there. I even heard a rumor this morning that Dri (junior speedster Dri Archer) might be leaving (early for the NFL Draft).

"When something significant happens, I'll tell the local media. I'm not going to discuss all the rumors that are out there. I'm not gonna talk about that any more."

Hazell said none of his players have asked him about his job status, but that he would discuss it with them if it was brought up.

"If one of our players asks me about it in a team setting, I'll absolutely address it," he said. "I owe those guys everything. I will absolutely put it out there and be up front with those guys."

While they haven't asked yet, the players are obviously aware of what's going on with their coach.

"We love him, but if (leaving Kent State) is best for his family and for himself, than that's what he's gotta do," said Flashes junior defensive end Zack Hitchens.

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