Darrell Hazell

Hazell officially adds six assistants to Purdue’s staff

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(Writer’s note: if you can, we ask that you please control your excitement.) 

Now that new Purdue coach Darrell Hazell has inked his six-year, $12 million contract, he’s begun the process of putting together his coaching staff. On Friday Hazell announced the addition of six assistant coaches for the Boilermakers. Those additions are:

Greg Hudson, Defensive Coordinator
Jim Bollman, Offensive Line
Marcus Freeman, Linebackers
Jon Heacock,  Cornerbacks
Kevin Sherman, Wide Receivers
Jafar Williams, Running Backs

Hudson joins Hazell’s coaching staff after spending the past three seasons as linebackers coach for Florida State. In 2012, the Seminoles ranked in the top 10 in scoring defense, rush defense and pass defense. Bollman comes from Boston College where he served as the offensive line coach/running game coordinator. He also spent 11 years as the offensive coordinator for Ohio State.

Freeman, Heacock and Williams all come to Purdue after serving under Hazell at Kent State while Sherman comes over from Virginia Tech.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.