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Feb. 12, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio: Darrell Hazell has been named to the Ohio State football staff. Hazell, a native of Cinnaminson, N.J. and a 1986 graduate of Muskingum College, will coach the Buckeyes’ wide receivers.

“Darrell is one of the top coaches in the country,” said Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel upon announcing the appointment. “He has a wealth of experience, he is an excellent recruiter and is very impressive from an X’s and O’s standpoint. He also comes very highly recommended. The people he has worked for can’t say enough nice things about him.”

Hazell has spent the past three years as the wide receivers’ coach at Rutgers. He also served as the Scarlet Knights’ assistant head coach in 2003.

Prior to Rutgers, Hazell coached at Oberlin College (the 1986 and ’87 seasons), Eastern Illinois (1988), Oberlin (1989-91), The University of Pennsylvania (1992-94), Western Michigan (1995-96), West Point (1997-98) and West Virginia (1999-2000). He also served a summer internship with the Oakland Raiders in 1998.

Hazell was a three-year starter and three-time all-conference pick at Muskingum between 1983 and 1985. He was team captain as a senior in 1985, winning All-America honors that year.

Hazell began his career as the running backs’ coach at Oberlin in 1986 and was the offensive coordinator for the Yeomen during the 1989, ’90 and ’91 seasons.

During his two-year stay at Army, he coached the wide receivers and the tight ends. At West Virginia, he was in charge of the running backs.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be part of such a great program and have the opportunity to be a Buckeye and work for Coach Tressel,” said the 39-year-old Hazell (4-14-64). “I can’t wait to get started.”

Hazell will officially begin his duties at Ohio State on Wednesday.

“Darrell will be a great complement to (quarterbacks coach) Joe Daniels,” said Tressel. “With our youth at those two positions, I felt it was beneficial to have a coach in each area.”