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The Scoop on Darrell Hazell to Purdue

After taking over a program that had struggled to break out of the middle of the MAC standings for years, Darrell Hazell revitalized the Kent State program, leading them to an 11-2 record in just his second season on campus. That caught the attention of many decision makers around the country, namely Purdue, who will announce the hiring of Hazell Wednesday morning to help resuscitate the Boilermaker program.

Hazell spent just a year or two (beginning in the late 80's) at most of his early stops like Oberlin, Eastern Illinois, Penn, Western Michigan, Army, West Virginia, and Rutgers before getting somewhat settled into things at Ohio State beginning in 2004. In December of 2010, Hazell left his job as the receivers coach and assistant head coach for the Buckeyes for his first head coaching job at Kent State.

This season the Golden Flashes improved over 90 spots in rushing offense, and were one of the only programs in the country to produce two 1,000 yard rushers. You can't get that done without developing a physical mindset up front and among your entire team. Hazell's group also ranked second nationally in turnover margin, and 26th in sacks.

There's no doubt that the program made significant strides under coach Hazell and his staff. Just a few days ago Kent State took a BCS bowl bound Northern Illinois squad down the the wire in the MAC title game before losing 44-37 in double OT.

At Purdue, Hazell takes over a similar that he inherited upong taking the job at Kent State. The Boilermakers have been stuck in the middle to bottom of the Big Ten for years. The Boilermakers have reached the 9 win mark just three times since 1990, and haven't won the Big Ten title since Drew Brees' senior season in 2000.

As a first time head coach, Hazell has proven he can take a struggling team and change their mindset, while getting them ready physically, mentally and emotionally to compete at a high level all season long. Hazell's experience recruiting the Midwest, and Ohio and Indiana in particular, were likely huge assets for him in getting the Purdue job, and will play a even larger role if he's going to be successful in West Lafayette.


The Scoop on Gus Malzahn to Auburn

Gus Malzahn's first words as the head coach at Auburn were the only words they could be, "War Eagle!"

Malzahn came across confident and ready to take the reins of the Auburn press conference on Tuesday night, gripping the podium like he was watching a 3rd-and-goal. Malzahn leaves behind a 9-3 Arkansas State team headed to the GoDaddy.com Bowl. He said he had not yet spoken with the Arkansas State adminstration but added, "I'm 100 percent committed to Auburn and getting this thing going as soon as possible."

The credentials Malzahn brings to the job are unique. On one hand, he had a very successful run as the offensive coordinator at Auburn that ended less than 365 days ago. On the other hand, he takes over a BCS program just seven years after breaking into college football for the first time.

Malzahn thinks he is ready for the high stakes that come with the Auburn job, saying that his time at the high school level prepared him for the task of being a head coach on game day. "For college football, it's the off the field that you've got to get used to," said Malzahn. "Being a head football coach is very natural to me."

Malzhan very quickly laid out his vision for how Auburn will be constructed under his watch. "We will have a up tempo, fast-paced offense," he said. "We will run the ball, that will be our staple. We will be attacking in all areas. We will be multiple up front. I think you've got to do both, odd and even. That's what gives offenses trouble."

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs stated that Malzahn will receive a five-year, $11.5 million contract. 

Who exactly will assist him is an issue Malzahn will be patient on. "I'm going to take my time find the right person, wherever he is," Malzahn explained. "I'm going to get the best fit for Auburn. No matter if it's guys that are here, guys that were (at Arkansas State), or guys elsewhere."

Malzahn's familiarity with the roster, he recruited all of the upperclassmen, will certainly allow him to hit the ground running. "I think it's a huge advantage," Malzahn said of his working knowledge with the roster. "Not only the offensive guys but the defensive guys, I'm very familiar with them."

Malzahn is very familiar with Auburn, its resources and, most importantly, its expectations. Like everything else he does in coaching, Malzahn attacked those expectations aggressively, stating, "My goal is to get Auburn back to a championship level." 

The Scoop on Steve Addazio to Boston College

Boston College announced today that it has hired Temple head coach Steve Addazio to the same position.

Addazio is a New England native, hailing from Farmington, Conn. He started four years on the offensive and defensive lines at Central Connecticut State and started his coaching career at Western Connecticut State. He then moved to Cheshire (Conn.) High School before coaching the offensive line at Syracuse (1995-98), Notre Dame (1999-01), Indiana (2002-04) and Florida (2005-10). He also held special teams coordinator responsibility at Notre Dame and spent one season as the offensive coordinator at Indiana and his last two years at Florida in that role. 

Addazio went 9-3 in his debut season at Temple before falling back to 4-7 this fall. At Boston College, he inherits a program that made a dozen straight bowl games from 1999-2010 before falling back to 4-8 and 2-10 seasons under Frank Spaziani in 2011 and 2012. 

Boston College is banking that Addazio's offensive background, New England roots and ties to Florida will improve a Boston College offense that ranked 97th in total offense, 109th in scoring offense, 115th in rushing offense and 99th in passing efficiency this season. 

After announcing the hire, Boston College athletic director Brad Bates immediately shared what sold him on Addazio on his Twitter account:

Two big SEC dominoes fall Tuesday afternoon

Within minutes of each other, we learned that Bret Bielema will leave Wisconsin for Arkansas and Gus Malzahn will depart Arkansas State and return to Auburn. Bielema's move to Arkansas is widely considered the most stunning news of the coaching change season, and Malzahn to Auburn is the least stunning.

Beilema went 68-24 in seven seasons in Madison, leading the Badgers to an unprecedented three straight Rose Bowls. Beilema's teams are known for a thunderous, straight ahead running game which figures to be in lock-step with he dominant teams of the SEC but in conflict with the team built by former Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino. 

Lest we forget, however, that Bielema rose through the ranks as a defensive coach, coaching linebackers at Iowa and as a defensive coordinator at Kansas State and Wisconsin before his promotion to head coach. The Badgers ranked 13th nationally in total defense and 19th in scoring defense, allowing just 19.1 points per game. Wisconsin was eighth in total defense and sixth in scoring defense during its 11-2 season in 2011. Even if the offensive transition goes through some growing pains, Bielema figures to improve an Arkansas defense that ranked 12th in the SEC in total defense and scoring defense this fall. 

Meanwhile, SEC West foe Auburn is bringing Gus Malzahn back to the Plains. Malzahn famously served as the Tigers' offensive coordinator from 2009-11, where his work with Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton brought Auburn the 2010 national title. Malzahn spent the 2012 season as the head coach at Arkansas State, where he led the Red Wolves to a 9-3 record and Sun Belt championship. 

Malzahn's return to Auburn figures to be a boon for Auburn quarterback Kiehl Frazier. Recruited to be Newton's successor, Frazier struggled in Malzahn's absence, completing just 62-of-116 passes for 753 yards with 2 TDs and 8 INTs. The TIgers were ranked 115th in total offense and 112th in scoring offense this fall, while Arkansas State placed 17th in total offense and 21st in scoring offense. 

We will update with more details as they become available. 

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