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Meyer, Hazell up for Coach of the Year

By Zac

Ohio State’s Urban Meyer and Kent State’s Darrell Hazell are among 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Football Club Collegiate Coach of the Year Award, it was announced Monday.

Being nominated for such an honor is familiar territory for Meyer, but not for Hazell. In his second year at Kent State,Hazell’s Flashes are 10-1, ranked in the top 25 and headed to their first bowl game in 40 years.

The 10 wins are a program record. Kent State hadn’t had a winning record since 2001.

Also on the list is Dave Doeren of Northern Illinois, Kent State’s opponent in the Nov. 30 MAC Championship Game in Detroit. Hazell and Doeren will both be hot names in the coming weeks as the coaching carousel picks up steam.

The other semifinalists for the award are below.

Sonny Dykes, Louisiana Tech
Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
Chip Kelly, Oregon State
Mike MacIntyre, San Jose State
Jim Mora, UCLA
Will Muschamp, Florida
Bill O’Brien, Penn State
Mark Richt, Georgia
Mike Riley, Oregon State
David Shaw, Stanford
Bill Snyder, Kansas State
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
Dabo Swinney, Clemson

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