I still feel like an ass, but at least I am an ass who is right this time. First Darrell Hazell was hired by Purdue. Then it was skeptical. Then he was telling his players at Kent State he wasn't leaving. then I was giving a heartfelt mea culpa and wondering if I had destroyed all journalistic credibility I had built up.
So, I went for a run, and in the end was redeemed:
Hazell will be Purdue’s first minority coach in football or men’s basketball, as he takes over a program that’s headed to play Oklahoma State in the Heart of Dallas Bowl after a 6-6 season.
Lest you need more sources (and I don't blame you):
Purdue is hiring Darrell Hazell as its new coach, a source tells CBS.— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) December 5, 2012
Then, there is ESPN:
Even Brendan has a word:
Earlier I reported 'agreement in principle' not Darrell Hazell officially accepted Purdue job. Now he has. Discern from that what you want.— Brendan Murphy (@BMurphySports) December 5, 2012
Now, allow me to use all caps hyperbole with the following:
PURDUE HAS NOT YET RELEASED AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT, NOR HAS GBI!
At least now if I look like an ass I am not alone.
UPDATE: GBI is making it even more official:
#Purdue will hire Kent State coach Darrell Hazell as its next football coach. It is preparing an announcement right now.— GoldandBlack.com (@GoldandBlackcom) December 5, 2012