Kent -- A source confirmed with the Record-Courier late Dec. 17 that Kent State University and Paul Haynes had agreed in principal to a contract that would make the former Arkansas defensive coordinator the new football head coach of the Golden Flashes.

A 2:30 p.m. press conference on the second floor of the student center was scheduled for Dec. 18 to formally announce and introduce Haynes.

After arriving in Kent on Dec. 16, Haynes was on the KSU campus Dec. 17 and was interviewed by Kent State Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen.

Haynes served as the defensive coordinator last year at Arkansas, after spending the previous seven seasons as an assistant coach at Ohio State.

He was the Buckeyes' defensive backs coach under Jim Tressel from 2005-10, when former Flashes head football coach Darrell Hazell served as OSU's assistant head coach.

The Flashes are seeking a replacement for Hazell, who accepted a six-year, $12 million offer to become head coach at Purdue University on Dec. 5.