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Snyder gets Kent job, television station says

Dec. 18, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

KENT, Ohio -- Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mark Snyder has been hired as Kent State's new football coach. WKYC-TV in Cleveland reported the hiring Monday evening.

Snyder, who turns 48 later this month, is a former head coach and football player at Marshall. He coached the Thundering Herd from 2005-09 when the school entered Conference USA. Snyder's overall record at Marshall was 22-37.

Tom Dienhart, senior writer for the Big Ten Network, posted a tweet Monday afternoon saying Kent State was talking to Snyder.

After leaving Marshall, Snyder served as defensive coordinator at South Florida. He was an assistant at Ohio State under Jim Tressel prior to coming to Marshall. In his final year with the Buckeyes, he was defensive coordinator. Snyder's also been an assistant at Minnesota, Youngstown State and Central Florida.

Snyder, born in South Point, replaces Darrell Hazell, who took the head coaching job at Purdue. The Golden Flashes finished 11-2 overall, 8-0 in the Mid-American Conference East Division, lost to Northern Illinois in the MAC title game and got a bid to the GoDaddy.com Bowl on Jan. 6.

He was the league's coach of the year. This was Kent State's first winning season since 2001 and first bowl appearance in more than four decades.