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By Allen Moff | Staff writer
Kent State star speedster Dri Archer is still mulling whether to leave school after his junior season and enter the NFL Draft.
"I've been thinking about that for awhile. I get questions every day about it," said Archer. "When I go home over break, I'll sit down with my mom and we'll talk about it. But I haven't really made a decision. You've gotta do what you've gotta do, but coach Hazell leaving definitely played a big part in it. If he would have stayed, my decision would have been a whole lot easier. Now we'll see what happens."
Archer and the rest of the Flashes' returning upperclassmen will play for their third head coach at Kent State after Haynes takes over.
"I was sitting in my bed thinking about that last night," said Archer. "It's pretty difficult. You've gotta get used to a whole (different) coaching staff, another (head) coach. It's the third coach since I've been here, so I've gotta build that relationship with him now. It's just hard. But it's a business."
Ironically, Haynes also played for three coaches while he was at Kent State.
"I got emotional (during a team meeting before the news conference), cause I was in their shoes. I went through three coaches," said Haynes.
"I know what they're going through. They're sitting there wondering about who I am," Haynes said.
Haynes is familiar with many members of Kent State's current staff. Defensive coordinator Jon Heacock's brother Jim was on the Ohio State staff along with Haynes and Hazell.
"I will not hire anyone until I talk with this previous staff and give them a chance to interview with me," said Haynes. "I know a lot of them. The job that they have done here, the respect that I have for them, I think I owe it to them first before I do anything else."
KEEPING HIS DISTANCE
Hazell said on Tuesday that he didn't mind if Haynes attended practices leading up to the bowl game. However, Haynes said he plans to stay away.
"I'm not gonna screw it up," said Haynes. "Out of respect to this staff and coach Hazell, they've done a great job this year and they need to finish it out. I watched Kent State every week. I know the names of these guys, just cause I'm a Kent Stater."
Haynes did say he will attend the bowl game.
"I'll watch from the stands," said Haynes. "Not from the sideline."