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.