Kent State hires Arkansas defensive coordinator Paul Haynes as new head coach

CLEVELAND (Cleveland Plain Dealer) - There will be a homecoming Tuesday as Kent State sources confirmed Monday that Paul Haynes will be introduced at 2:30 p.m. in the Student Center as the next head football coach for the Golden Flashes.

Haynes, a former KSU alum, was defensive coordinator at Arkansas last season, with previous stops at Michigan State and Ohio State.

Haynes, a defensive back and former walk-on who played for coaches Dick Crum and Pete Cordelli, spent all day Monday interviewing for the job before getting the offer early in the evening. He was an assistant head coach at Kent (1999-2000) under Dean Pees and co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State (2011) under Luke Fickell, before moving to Little Rock.

The hiring ended a day with some suspense as the team and outgoing coach Darrell Hazell were practicing in Dix Stadium for the upcoming Jan. 6 Bowl. Privately, several current assistants said it was an unique situation, working under a coach who has already left for another job, while waiting to see if they will be retained by the new coach, or hired by Hazell to go to Purdue.