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Arkansas Hires Paul Haynes from Ohio State as Defensive Coordinator.

The rumors and speculation are over as to who the Razorbacks next defensive coordinator would be.

Paul Haynes has been co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for Ohio State since 2005. Before that he worked at Michigan State, Louisville and for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. He worked with Coach Petrino at both Louisville and Jacksonville.


Here’s his complete resume:

2011 – Ohio State (co-defensive coordinator/safeties)
2005-10 – Ohio State (defensive backs)
2003-04 -Michigan State (defensive backs)
2002 – Louisville (defensive backs)
2001 -Jacksonville Jaguars (quality control)
1999-2000 – Kent State (assistant head coach/secondary)
1997-98 – Northern Iowa (running backs/secondary)
1995-96 – Ferris State (defensive backs)
1994 – Bowling Green State (graduate assistant)
1993 – St. Francis DeSales (Columbus, Ohio) High School (assistant coach)

Home Town: Columbus, Ohio
Family: Wife, Denita; Daughters, Jordyn and Kennedy Rose; Son, Tarron
Bowl Games: Sugar Bowl, 2011; Rose Bowl, 2010; Fiesta Bowl, 2009; BCS National Championship, 2008; BCS National Championship 2007; Fiesta Bowl, 2006; Alamo


Coach Petrino had this to say about Haynes.

“Through his experiences, Paul Haynes is extremely familiar with the way we operate, he has a professional approach and is an exceptional coach and recruiter. This is a competitive conference and we are determined to go head-to-head with the very best. Having Paul join our program will help us as we continue on the path toward our goal of consistently winning championships. He has been a part of a team with a culture of doing just that. Paul has incredibly high standards and the defenses he has built have been challenging to prepare for and have always played with toughness, intensity and desire.”


I hear he’s a great recruiter and has a lot of connections in Florida. Would have liked to see Arkansas hire a bigger name, but from everything I’ve heard this guy knows his stuff.

What do you think? Good hire? Bad hire?

I guess we’ll find out.

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