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Darrell Hazell lands soft job at previous Kent State staff

Kent State wrapped up spring practice last weekend. The Blue topped the Gold in a 6-0 barn burner.

Head coach Darrell Hazell said, "I would attribute the final score to good defense. The defense was flying around. The offense was moving the ball between the 20s and stalled in the redzone."

This week, while speaking at a booster club engagement, Hazell seemed to take a little shot at the previous coaching staff.

Hazell said, “One of the problems that existed at Kent State before we got there was that they never committed to recruiting the great players in this great state. There are 719 schools in this state that play football. There’s more than enough players to go around.”

According to the Kent State spring roster, only 41 of 84 players come from the state of Ohio. Some other states that are represented on the Kent State roster include Florida (8), Pennsylvania (7), Georgia (7), and North Carolina (5).

Hazell added, “We visited 177 schools in the state of Ohio, once we took the job, in three weeks in January. We are so excited to be representing Kent State University, and there’s no way in the world we’re going to let the good players (Massillon) puts out and the rest of this state puts out get away from us. We are very, very, very blessed and committed to this area and this state.”

Hazell, the former wide receivers coach at Ohio State, will visit Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa for his first game as a head coach. Kent State opens at Alabama, against UL-Lafayette, at Kansas State, and against South Alabama.