"Larry will be on campus (today) to explore the possibility of becoming the football coach at Kent," said Kennedy, who added that he has had informal talks with Kehres in the past but that this is his first formal on-campus visit. "If he decides to officially explore the opportunity, then we're dealing with two candidates."
That means Kent State offensive coordinator/quarterbacks and receivers coach Charley Molnar has been eliminated from consideration, leaving Michigan State defensive coordinator Dean Pees as the sole candidate officially remaining as of Sunday.
"I've been talking with Dean all along," said Kennedy. "His interview is complete."
Kehres guided the Purple Raiders to their second consecutive Division III national championship Saturday, when Mount Union defeated Lycoming 61-12 in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl. A Southeast High School and Mount Union graduate, Kehres has compiled a 124-16-3 record (.878 winning percentage) in 12 years with the Purple Raiders, including an NCAA-best 94-6-1 mark in the 1990s. His teams have captured six consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference titles while posting a 59-1 regular-season record since 1992.
Kennedy said he hopes to make a final decision my the middle of this week.