Kent State’s Darrell Hazell named MAC’s top coach

Kent State’s Darrell Hazell has been named the Mid-American

Conference’s coach of the year after directing the Golden Flashes’

stunning turnaround.

In his second season, Hazell has Kent State ranked in the AP

poll for the first time since 1973 and headed to its first bowl

game since 1972. The No. 18 Golden Flashes have won 10 straight

games going into Friday’s MAC title game against No. 19 Northern

Illinois.

Kent State’s 11 wins are the most in the program’s 90-year

history. The Golden Flashes went 8-0 in conference play and went on

the road to beat then-No. 15 Rutgers.

Hazell spent seven years as an assistant at Ohio State before he

was hired at Kent State. He’ll likely be pursued by several of the

major programs with coaching vacancies.