KENT, Ohio - Kent State coach Darrell Hazell, who led the Golden Flashes to an 11-2 record this season, has accepted the job at Purdue, ESPN and CBS Sports reported.
Hazell did a radio show on WARF-AM in Akron and told the station at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday that "reports that he took the job (Purdue) were not accurate.
That still does not mean that Hazell is not negotiating to accept the position. Hazell has a buyout at Kent State University.
Kent State has played hardball with coaches trying the leave the university early. Former basketball coach Geno Ford, now at Bradley, had a legal struggle concerning his buyout.
Hazell, who compiled a 16-9 record in two seasons at Kent State, previously served as Ohio State's wide receivers coach from 2005 to 2010.
It has been reported that Hazell is making $300,000 to coach the Flashes, and that he would have a $1.4 million-buyout to accept another job.
Hazell may have another hang up if he wants to coach Kent State in the school's first bowl game in 40 years at the GoDaddy.com Bowl against Arkansas State. Arkansas State just lost head coach Gus Malzahn to Auburn. That should make the Jan. 6, 2013 bowl game in Moblie, Alabama interesting.
Hazell would replace Danny Hope, who was fired after going 22-27 in four years with the Boilermakers.
Purdue also interviewed Cincinnati's Butch Jones as a possible replacement for Hope, who was fired after going 23-27 in four seasons.
Kent State reached No. 17 in the BCS standings, the best in school history, before losing to Northern Illinois 44-37 in double overtime in the MAC championship game.
Purdue (6-6) will play Oklahoma State in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year's Day.