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Football: Another day, another candidate

By Jeff Faraudo
Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 at 11:45 am in Coach search, Football.

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.

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  • Eric

    Another guy I like to see – I posted on him right after Tedford was fired.

  • Juancho

    I,dont know much about this guy. But why not give him a look.

  • Juancho

    Jeff faraudo, humor your devoted assistant.

    What qualities do you want for the next coach. Youre one of us so im curious.

  • Will

    One who answers his questions and gives the best soundbites. Duh.

  • Will

    Oh and someone who will have open practices.

  • Juancho

    Will i savoured the niners loss.

    In klines name, amen.

  • Will

    How’s Carson Palmer working out for you?

  • Juancho

    Bad. Our team blows. Amen.

  • David Swartz

    The term “Cradle of Coaches” is usually applied to Miami of Ohio, not the entire MAC.

  • ConcordBear

    If this is our guy great, don’t care who the coach is just want the new guy to bring in a top OC and DC too.
    Gould, Chandler and Ambrose should be brought back as position coaches.
    Coach M is a great OL coach but not an OC…
    Don’t know enough about Arroyo to comment but he seems like a very good, young up and coming coach.
    Go Bears!

  • Eric

    Who is worse – Sanchez or Palmer?

  • Will

    I think even Matt Leinart is better than Dirty.

  • Steve W.

    ConcordBear….why would you want to keep Ambrose and Chandler? I keep thinking about Cal’s horrific third down conversion rate on defense last year. Some of that has to go on the secondary. And I was not at all impressed with the development of Maurice Harris this season. The true freshmen WR’s looked good at times, but I just don’t know enough about Chandler’s coaching techniques. You heard good things about him?

    I would vote to keep Gould at all costs and wouldn’t be heartbroken if the rest left.

  • konamike

    Kent State? Where else is Sandy looking? Santa Monica Community College? This is simply another affirmation that Sandy couldn’t attract a humming bird to a bird feeder. She probably thinks Urban Meyer is somehow related to urban renewal. What a dunce !

  • 1brsfan

    @konamike- It doesn’t matter where they’re coaching now. it matters what they bring to the table. You think all of the today’s coaches got their start in BCS conferences?? Chip Kelly (new hampshire), Urban Meyer (Bowling Green), Nick Saban (Toledo), Brian Kelly (Central Michigan)… just to name a few.

  • Larry

    From what I understand, Gould’s wife works at CAL too, so I would think he wants to stay. If he doesn’t stay at CAL, you’ll problably see him resurface at Stanfurd or SJSU.

  • Larry

    Why do you think Sandy would go out and get a proven top-tier coach? CAL is in the moneyball mindset. Try to find that jewel in the rough for cheap. They already have to pay Tedford to go away and the new stadium needs money too.

  • Tom S

    Is Chris Peterson off the table? He should be A1 with McIntire next in line.