Reports: Kent State to Name Football Coach

Former Golden Flash to take helm of 2012 MAC Championship runner-up

Multiple media outlets are reporting that former Golden Flashes player and Arkansas defensive coordinator Paul Haynes will be named the new head coach of the Kent State University football team.

ESPN, Fox 8 and Ohio.com reported Haynes will take over for Darrell Hazell, who announced this month he would be leaving Kent State for the top football job at Purdue for a reported $2 million salary — twice that of his predecessor.

A press conference is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. today to announce the news.

Haynes also previously served as an assistant head coach for Kent State.

The rush to find Hazell's replacement should come as no surprise.

Kent State President Lester Lefton told university trustees last week the administration was already interviewing potential candidates for the job.

"We will hire a coach sooner rather than later," Lefton said Wednesday.


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