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Razorbacks land Buckeyes’ co-DC as new coordinator

Paul Haynes AP

Just three days after Willy Robinsonstepped down” as Arkansas’ defensive coordinator after four seasons with the program, the Razorbacks have found his replacement.

In a release, the school announced that Paul Haynes has been hired as Bobby Petrino‘s new coordinator.  Haynes spent this past season as Luke Fickell‘s co-defensive coordinator/safeties coach at Ohio State.

“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.”

In addition to spending the past seven years with the Buckeyes, Haynes has also spent time on coaching staffs at Michigan State, Louisville and Kent State.

Haynes and Petrino worked together on the same staff at Jacksonville, the latter as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach and the former as a quality control assistant.

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6 Responses to “Razorbacks land Buckeyes’ co-DC as new coordinator”
  1. sssjim7 says: Dec 9, 2011 11:15 PM

    And another one bites the dust… not suprising, though… Urban is slowly cleaning house…

    I like that the current coaches are being given time to find new jobs before being thrown out… it might not be the case, but it looks like it. Too many times the new coach comes and and fires everyone first and then hires his own assistants.

    If it is true, it strikes me as classy…

    Just my .02

  2. dryzzt23 says: Dec 10, 2011 7:47 AM

    I agree, I have to wonder how much of time these coaches spend on bowl game prep vs their job search

  3. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Dec 10, 2011 12:01 PM

    Hey Urban! The defense isn’t the problem. Hang on to those guys and dump the offensive coaching staff.

  4. zurnvs says: Dec 10, 2011 7:35 PM

    Defense is not the problem, those DB’s taste like toast. And no one can tackle the ball.

  5. obstructedview195782 says: Dec 10, 2011 7:50 PM

    The same defence that knew Michigan was going to run the ball and still couldn’t stop them? Or how about trotting shazer out there when it was obvious he was hurt and couldn’t cut. nope, no problems on the D at all.

  6. tryagainplease says: Dec 11, 2011 3:22 AM

    so umm haynes didn’t take the job b/c it was for the coordinator position i.e. a step up- he took it because urban gave him time to find something else.

    the arrogance is astonishing.

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