Kent State hires Buckeyes assistant
Darrell Hazell is the new Kent State coach after developing receivers Santonio Holmes and Ted Ginn Jr. into first-round draft picks during seven seasons as an Ohio State assistant.
Hazell becomes the Golden Flashes' 20th head coach. He replaces Doug Martin, who resigned with a few weeks left in a 5-7 season and went 29-53 in seven years overall. He also helped design Ohio State's offensive game plans.
Hazell served as the running backs coach at West Virginia from 1999-2000.
The last assistant to leave Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel for a head coaching job was Mark Snyder, to Marshall after the 2004 season.
Operations honor for WVU assistant AD
Mike Kerin, West Virginia University's assistant athletic director, has been selected the FootballScoop Director of Football Operations of the Year. Kerin has worked in the West Virginia football program for 30 years in various capacities.
"This is a well-deserved honor for Mike," coach Bill Stewart said. "He has done a lot for the Mountaineer football program and the university. He goes about his business with the utmost integrity and passion and works hard to make sure the players, coaches and staff are taken care of in a first-class manner. In my opinion, there isn't a better operations man in college football.''