Has Sandy Barbour gone to “The Cradle of Coaches” to find the man who will lead Cal’s football program?
Kent State’s Darrell Hazell, who guided the Golden Flashes to their first winning season in 11 years, was scheduled to interview Sunday for the Cal football coaching job, ESPN reported.
Hazell, 48, is the latest name to surface in the Bears’ search for a replacement for Jeff Tedford, fired Nov. 20 after 11 seasons.
In his second season, Hazell led Kent State to an 11-1 regular-season record and was Mid-American Coach of the Year. The Golden Flashes lost 44-37 in double-overtime to Northern Illinois in Friday’s MAC title game.
Hazell, who inherited a program that hadn’t had a winning season since 2001, is 16-9 in two seasons, with wins in 15 of the past 18 games. The Golden Flashes upset then-15th-ranked Rutgers during a 10-game win streak this season.
A native of Cinnaminson, N.J., Hazell spent his previous seven seasons as a wide receivers coach for Jim Tressel at Ohio State. He also has coaching experience at Oberlin, Eastern Illinois, Penn, Western Michigan, Army, West Virginia and Rutgers, where he was assistant head coach in 2003.
The MAC is known as “The Cradle of Coaches,” having spawned the likes of Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, Ara Parseghian and Urban Meyer, currently coach at Ohio State.
The Bears reportedly interviewed Louisiana Tech’s Sonny Dykes in recent days, and also are known to have contacted Gary Andersen, who announced Friday he would remain at Utah State.