By Allen Moff | Staff Writer
While Paul Haynes is stressing the importance of team chemistry in his second spring season as leader of the Kent State football program, he did take some time following Thursday morning's practice to discuss the status of several individuals:
— Darren Goodson, a key performer on the Kent State men's basketball team the past two seasons, has been spotted at practice and will join the team as a tight end next fall. His class schedule does not allow him to practice this spring.
Before accepting Goodson, Haynes first OK'd the move with KSU men's basketball coach Rob Senderoff.
"He has no eligibility in basketball, but he still has a semester of eligibility left. And it will give him an opportunity to finish his degree," said Haynes.
Goodson actually played football at Cincinnati Withrow High School under head coach Doc Gamble, who now coaches wide receivers for the Flashes.
"Doc scared him away from football, so we've just gotta keep him away from Doc," Haynes smiled. "He's a big kid, he's got great hands. I told him once you come out, you're not quitting. We'll see what happens."
— Haynes said running backs coach Ted Bahhur left the program over the winter due to family reasons.
"It's tough when you've got three little boys and they're 800 miles away. That was tough on him," said Haynes. "I told him you've gotta do what's best for you and your family, and that's what he did. I think he got another job already from a school down there."
Haynes was thrilled to fill that hole in his staff with former Miami head coach Don Treadwell, whom he respects as a coach and a person.
"Me and (Treadwell) and his wife Lola and my wife Danita, when we had the (coach's) meetings last year in Phoenix, we spent a lot of time together," said Haynes. "I've known him for a long time. I was coming into Michigan State and he was leaving (in 2003). We have a lot of the same mutual friends. I kind of just threw a bone out there to him (about the job) with a text. He called me the next day and said he didn't know if I was calling him to talk about someone else, or to offer him the job."
"I wasn't surprised that he was interested, but I was doing back-flips when he said he was. He's an awesome person first and foremost, and he's a great coach. It was a win for us, for sure."
Haynes lost just one coach off of his original KSU staff.
"It's always tough on the so-called mid-majors to keep (assistants), and when you can keep 'em in tact it shows, that they're happy here, we're treating them well," said Haynes. "And it's great for our players."
— Haynes has been pleased with the approach his Flashes have taken during the early portion of spring practice.
"I like where our team is right now as far as our attitude," said Haynes. "We've got a lot of guys that are coming in watching a bunch of film, we've got a lot of guys meeting as groups. That's half the battle. When you talk about team chemistry and you see a bunch of guys doing that, you know they're starting to buy into what we're saying that's important. It's a different attitude right now, which I like."
— Coming up: The Flashes will practice in pads for the first time on Saturday. Practices are scheduled for next Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, then an intrasquad scrimmage is set for Saturday, April 12. The annual Spring Game will be held Saturday, April 26, at Dix Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
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