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How Paul Haynes plans to keep Kent State football trending upward

By Allen Moff | Staff writer Published: December 27, 2012 4:00 AM
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Paul Haynes was announced as the new head football coach at Kent State University on Dec. 18.

The former Flashes standout and KSU alum enters to replace Darrell Hazell, who quickly turned the programs long traditioned losing history into the greatest season the school has ever seen.

Here is a look at the core components of how Haynes plans to keep Kent State atop the Mid-American Conference.

HIS BACKGROUND

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Age 43; born in Columbus, graduated from St. Francis DeSales High School in 1987; four-year starter at defensive back for Kent State from 1987-91; assistant coach at Kent State (1999-2000), Ohio State (2005-11) and Arkansas (2012, defensive coordinator).

HIS GOALS

I have three basic goals. I wanna graduate all players, so they can be respectable citizens of this great country. I want to win, I want to be successful. The last thing, I want this football program to have a positive impact on this university, this community and this state.

HIS PHILOSOPHY

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Were gonna focus and concentrate on what got us on top, the little things. I know Darrell Hazell and I know his philosophies, and his philosophies are a lot of my philosophies. We come from the same (coaching) tree. Theyre all about building men. If I build great men Im gonna put a great product out on the field. Were gonna do the little things right, then well find out how we can improve on everything else. Our philosophy works. Ive seen it work for a long time.

HIS RECRUITING STRATEGY

Were gonna pound Ohio. We can win with Ohio kids. Were gonna recruit our kind of guys, not get caught up in stars and all that. Ive had more success with two-stars than I have five-stars. Lets recruit two- or three-stars and coach them into five-stars.

HIS MISSION

These kids are gonna understand that their purpose in life is more important than their goals in life. Were gonna get out in the community, were gonna read to kids, visit hospitals.

Well make sure these kids understand that it is a privilege to be a Kent State football player. Were gonna pay forward for sure.


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