Mount Union College football coach Larry Kehres has been offered the job and been given a deadline _ reportedly sometime this morning _ to decide whether to accept an invitation to become Kent State's 18th head football coach, sources close to the situation have confirmed.
Kehres and Michigan State defensive coordinator Dean Pees are the only two candidates remaining in the university's search for a football coach.
Kehres, a Southeast High School and Mount Union graduate, has guided the Purple Raiders to back-to-back NCAA Division III national championships and six consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference crowns.
KSU director of athletics Laing Kennedy said Monday afternoon that "Larry was on campus (Monday), and both parties are still exploring the possibility of Larry becoming Kent State's next head football coach."
Kennedy did not elaborate when contacted Monday evening.
The Golden Flashes director of athletics has been searching for a football coach since Nov. 12, when former coach Jim Corrigall's contract was not renewed. Corrigall had served as coach for four years, posting an 8-35-1 record over that span.
If Kehres accepts the reported offer, his hiring will have to be approved by KSU President Carol Cartwright and the board of trustees.
Kehres could not be reached for comment.
Mount Union President, Dr. Harold Kolenbrander, would like to see the highly successful coach stay put.
"We hope he stays part of our team," said Kolenbrander, who met with Kehres Monday evening.
Kehres was part of the Mid-American Conference for a year back in 1971-72 as a graduate assistant at Bowling Green State University.
The Mount Union boss has spent 12 years in Alliance compiling an outstanding 124-16-3 record, including a 94-6-1 mark in the 1990s and three national championships. In the regular season during this decade, he has posted a 77-2-1 record.