OFFICIAL: Scottie Hazelton to become Michigan State Defensive Coordinator

Kansas State defensive coordinator Scottie Hazelton has officially accepted the same position at Michigan State.

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - After early reports indicated the change, the word has become official. Michigan State's football twitter account posted a picture welcoming the Spartans new defensive coordinator, Kansas State's Scottie Hazelton.

The now former Wildcats defensive coordinator also took to Twitter for a statement.

"Thank you to the entire K-State family." Hazelton said. "Our year here has been wonderful and it's because of all of you that my family and I have had such a great experience. Head Coach Chris Klieman and Athletic Director Gene Taylor are great men and leaders and I have no doubt that they'll keep K-State's winning tradition rollin'! #EMAW"

Hazelton had spent the previous year in Manhattan. Underneath his watch, the Wildcats defense excelled. K-State ranked second in the Big 12 in scoring defense (21.4 points allowed per game). Kansas State also gave up the second fewest passing yards per game in the conference (202.9 yards per game).

Hazelton joins the staff of new head coach Mel Tucker. Tucker previously was the head coach at Colorado.

"Scottie has been a defensive coordinator in the Power 5 and coached in the NFL." Tucker said in a tweet. "He's been on a national championship winning staff and has the Spartans hard working and something to prove mentality. Welcome to the Spartans family Coach Hazelton."

No word has been released yet on who will step up as the new defensive coordinator for Kansas State.