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Kent State alum Paul Haynes is new football coach
Haynes says he doesn't plan on making many changes to Hazell's winning formula
by WKSU's OZIE IKUENOBE

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Kent State University introduced the new coach today (Tuesday) of its bowl-bound football team.

Paul Haynes was most recently defensive coordinator for the Arkansas Razorbacks. He was also part of Ohio State’s coaching staff under Jim Tressel, and a former player and assistant coach for Kent State.

Haynes says that he won’t join the team until after the upcoming GoDaddy.com Bowl. He says he wants to let outgoing coach Darrell Hazell and the team finish what they started this season.

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“Hey I’m not gonna screw it up. I’m not gonna put my hands on it at all. Again, out of respect to this coaching staff and Coach Hazell, they’ve done a great job this year. They need to finish it out.”

Haynes says he doesn’t plan on changing much of the team’s direction, and that consistency is key to the success of the team.

Kent State went 11-2 this season and will face Arkansas State January 6th.

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