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Heart of Dallas Bowl: Purdue has new head coach

The Purdue Boilermakers have a new head coach in Darrell Hazell, but he will not be coaching them in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

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Purdue's coaching search following their firing of Danny Hope on Nov. 25 is over, as the team announced that they would be bringing in Kent State head coach Darrell Hazell for next year.

A former disciple of Jim Tressel, Hazell spent two years with Kent State and turned heads with an improved 5-7 record in 2011 and an 11-2 record in 2012, leading the Golden Flashes to their first winning season since 2001. He was a win away from being in a BCS game, which would have been the first one ever for a MAC school.

His resume was good enough for Purdue to sign him to what is reportedly a six-year deal worth $12 million.

Hazell will not actually be coaching the Boilermakers during the Heart of Dallas Bowl. He will be with Kent State for one final game after leading them to the GoDaddy.com Bowl, where they will play Arkansas State. Patrick Higgins has been named the interim coach for Purdue against Oklahoma State on Jan. 1.

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