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Hazell: I went and watched film before I said yes to the job

Just days after winning his first national title at Florida, Urban Meyer told thousands of coaches at the AFCA Coaches Convention that the key to the profession is taking the right jobs.

Meyer urged coaches not to take any job, especially because of salary, but to take jobs where there is immediate potential (i.e. players).

Perhaps Darrell Hazell was listening. On Monday, the former Ohio State wide receivers coach was introduced as the new head coach at Kent State. Before accepting the job however, Hazell admitted, “I went and watched the film before I said yes to the job.”

Hazell said, “There are enough good players here to be competitive. If we can surround those good players we have currently with a few other guys, we’ll be OK to compete next year for what we want to compete for.”

So what the first step?

“If you don’t have a belief system, you don’t have a chance,” said Hazell. “We’re going to change the image of our guys, the way they think, to have a balanced ego and walk around with their chest out. That’s how it’s going to start.”

Hazell will coach with Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl, where the Buckeyes will face Arkansas on January 4th in New Orleans.