Boilermakers coach ready to finally face Buckeyes

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

INDIANAPOLIS It's reunion week for Darrell Hazell.

Suddenly, he's talking about some of his star pupils who went on to play in the NFL - Ted Ginn Jr., Anthony Gonzalez, Santonio Holmes, Brian Hartline and Brian Robiskie - and some of the guys he recruited still playing for unbeaten Ohio State. Luke Fickell is still on the Buckeyes coaching staff, and Hazell still hangs out with former Buckeyes linebacker Marcus Freeman.

The difference is that Hazell finds himself on the opposite sideline Saturday, trying to make life difficult for the nation's No. 4 team.

Hazell bluntly acknowledges this game won't tug at his heartstrings though he speaks reverently about the six seasons he worked for coach Jim Tressel, the players he coached and what he learned in Columbus.


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