Ohio State Co-Defensive Coordinator Paul Haynes was named the Razorbacks DC today, just a few days after EX-DC Willy Robinson “stepped down.”
Here’s what Hogs coach Bobby Petrino said about the hire (courtesy of CollegeFootballTalk.com):
“Through his experiences, Paul Haynes is extremely familiar with the way we operate,” said Petrino in a statement. “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.”
Haynes helped the Buckeyes defense finish in the top 30 over all in the country. Ohio State had the 15th best pass defense in the nation. Haynes has spent most of his career as a DBs coach, coaching at Michigan State and Louisville before getting to Ohio State in 2005. Haynes played his college ball at Kent State and also spent a year as a defensive quality control coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Personally, I really thought that former Miami coach Randy Shannon was going to get the job as it had been rumored that he had interviewed.
Arkansas’ defense was ranked 51st in the nation this year, 31 spots behind the Red Wolves of Arkansas State. And that’s when you know you have to make a change!!!