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Paul Haynes leaves OSU to become Arkansas’ defensive coordinator/DB coach

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.University of Arkansas football head coach Bobby Petrino has announced Paul Haynes as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for the Razorbacks.

Haynes most recently spent the last seven seasons at Ohio State where he was the co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach in 2011 after working with the defensive backs from 2005-10. While Haynes was in Columbus, the Buckeyes compiled a 66-11 record, won six Big Ten titles and played in six straight BCS games while consistently putting one of the best defenses in the Big Ten on the field. The OSU defensive backs earned five first-team All-America citations and 10 first-team All-Big Ten selections under Haynes’ direction. Eight defensive backs were selected in the 2006-11 NFL Drafts, including first rounders Donte Whitner and Malcolm Jenkins. Whitner, a safety, was taken with the eighth overall pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2006, and Jenkins, a cornerback, was picked 14th overall by the New Orleans Saints in 2009.

Paul Haynes (courtesy of OSU athletics)

Haynes has coached at Michigan State, Louisville, Kent State, Northern Iowa, Ferris State and Bowling Green in addition to one year as defensive quality control with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he worked with then offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino. Haynes also worked with former Razorback coaches John L. Smith (Louisville and Michigan State) and Garrick McGee (Northern Iowa).

“Through his experiences, Paul Haynes is extremely familiar with the way we operate,” said Coach Petrino. “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.”

Before the 2011 season, Haynes was promoted to co-defensive coordinator and the Buckeyes ranked fourth in the Big Ten in turnover margin and fifth in the conference in pass defense and sacks. Ohio State also ranked in the top 30 in the NCAA in total defense and scoring defense, and John Simon was tied for third in the Big Ten with an average of 0.58 sacks per game.

In 2010, Ohio State became the first team in Big Ten history to win at least 10 games in six straight seasons, finishing with a 12-1 record and a victory in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The Buckeye defense led the Big Ten and ranked second in the NCAA in total defense by allowing 250.6 yards per game and topped the conference and ranked third in the country with an average of 13.3 points per game allowed. They also led the Big Ten while tying for third in the country in turnover margin, and ranked fourth in the nation in rushing defense, pass efficiency defense and pass defense.

In 2009, the Buckeyes were 11-2 and defeated Oregon in the Rose Bowl. Ohio State allowed just 262.5 yards per game, first in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA, and 12.2 points per game, second in the conference and fifth in the country while also ranking number one in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA by allowing 83.4 rushing yards per game. Ohio State also was second in the Big Ten and seventh in the nation in pass efficiency defense and second in the conference and 17th in the nation in pass defense.

Malcolm Jenkins brought the Thorpe Award to Columbus as the nation’s best defensive back in 2008. He recorded 57 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles while leading the Buckeye secondary that held opponents to 164.3 passing yards per game, first in the Big Ten and eighth in the NCAA. Ohio State ranked in the top 20 in the country and top three in the conference in rushing defense, scoring defense, total defense and pass efficiency defense.

Ohio State played in the BCS National Championship Game in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, the Buckeyes led the country in total defense, allowing 233.0 yards per game, in scoring defense, giving up just 12.7 points per game, and in pass defense, as opponents passed for 150.2 yards per game. Ohio State also led the Big Ten in rushing defense, allowing 82.9 yards per game to rank third in the country, and in pass efficiency defense with a mark of 98.73, which was fourth in the nation.

The 2006 squad allowed just 12.8 points per game and 280.5 yards of total offense while running undefeated through all 12 games in the regular season. Ohio State, which was ranked No. 1 in the country throughout the season, twice defeated the No. 2 team in the country by taking down Texas in Austin and Michigan in Columbus.

In Haynes’ first season at Ohio State, the Buckeyes finished the year with seven straight wins, including a victory over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl, to finish 10-2. OSU’s opponents scored 15.2 points per game and gained 281.3 yards of total offense, including just 73.4 rushing yards per game. The Buckeyes grabbed six interceptions and recovered six fumbles as Whitner garnered first-team All-America honors.

Haynes spent the 2002 season at Louisville, where he coached the cornerbacks under former Arkansas special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach John L. Smith. In 2002, the Cardinals ranked fifth in C-USA and No. 35 nationally in pass efficiency defense (112.9 rating).

Haynes followed Smith to Michigan State for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. In those two years, the Spartans were 13-12 overall and 9-7 in the Big Ten and advanced to the Alamo Bowl against Nebraska in 2003. In each year, safety Jason Harmon was an honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection, and three other members of the secondary earned Academic All-Big Ten acclaim in those two seasons.

In 2003, the Spartans intercepted 15 passes and returned two for touchdowns. During the 2004 season, MSU picked off 17 passes, returning one for a touchdown, while collecting 241 yards on interception returns.

In 2001, Haynes was with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, where he served as the defensive quality-control coach. His duties included assisting the defensive coaching staff in all aspects of game preparation — compiling scouting reports, breaking down opponent film and writing the playbook. He also helped coach the secondary. The Jaguars ranked among the AFC leaders in passing defense (second at 190 yards per game), scoring defense (fourth at 17.9 points) and total defense (seventh at 316.9 yards).

He worked for two years at Kent State, where he coached the secondary in 1999 before taking over the duties as assistant head coach and safeties coach in 2000. Prior to joining the Kent State staff, Haynes coached the running backs and secondary at NCAA I-AA Northern Iowa in 1997-98.

Haynes served as secondary coach at Ferris State for two seasons, from 1995-96. Haynes began his coaching career at St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, Ohio, in 1993, before moving on to Bowling Green as a graduate assistant in 1994.

Haynes walked on at Kent State University in the fall of 1987 and went on to play four years of football for the Golden Flashes. As a freshman, he led the team in interceptions. As a sopho­more, he led the team with 116 tackles. After missing the 1989 campaign with a knee injury, he started his final two years and wound up his career as the seventh leading tackler in Kent State history with 440 stops.

Haynes and his wife, Denita, who graduated from Florida A&M with an education degree, have three children – daughters Jordyn and Kennedy Rose, and one son, Tarron.


Press Release courtesy of Arkansas athletics


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SUGAR BOWL NEWS: Terrelle Pryor named Manning Award Finalist

Terrelle Pryor talking to media (file photo)

The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, announced that among the 10 finalists is Ohio State junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

Pryor tied for the Big Ten lead with 25 touchdown passes this season and ranks in the Top 15 nationally in passer efficiency rating (158.0). He led an Ohio State offense that ranked second in the Big Ten and 10th nationally in scoring (39.4 ppg) while averaging 265.8 yards of total offense per game.  Pryor has completed 66 percent of his passes for 2,551 yards while rushing for 639 yards and four touchdowns. With 2,049 yards rushing overall, Pryor enters the Sugar Bowl game against Arkansas 17 yards shy of setting an Ohio State record for career rushing yards by a quarterback.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday January 19.

The winner is always announced after the completion of all bowl games in January and will be honored at a ceremony in New Orleans. The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football careers and accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that takes the candidate’s bowl performance into consideration in its balloting.

Terrelle Pryor in action vs. Penn State (photo by


Andy Dalton, TCU

Colin Kaepernick, Nevada

Andrew Luck, Stanford

Ryan Mallett, Arkansas

Kellen Moore, Boise State

Cameron Newton, Auburn

Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State

Denard Robinson, Michigan

Darron Thomas, Oregon

Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State

This year’s finalists are an outstanding class which is used to winning and big-time statistics. Nine of the 10 finalists are from teams with 10 or more wins. Overall, they have combined to throw for over 28,000 yards and 257 touchdowns. This year’s class of Manning Award finalists is likely the most versatile group of quarterbacks ever honored, as a group, they have combined to rush for 5,840 yards, including three 1,000-yard rushers, with 70 touchdowns on the ground.

The 2011 Manning Award winner will the seventh in the history of the award. USC’s Matt Leinart was the inaugural winner in 2005.

Info courtesy of Ohio State

Bobby Petrino given new seven-year contract by Arkansas

Bobby Petrino (courtesy of Arkansas athletics)

The University of Arkansas and Bobby Petrino have agreed upon a new seven-year contract that will extend through the 2017 season.

The new agreement will supersede the remaining four years of the original employment agreement and will run through December 31, 2017.

In his three seasons at Arkansas, Petrino has lifted the program to unprecedented levels of success including leading the Razorbacks to a 10-2 regular season and the program’s first berth in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) in 2010.

Arkansas will be making its first BCS bowl appearance on January 4, when the #8 Razorbacks take on #6 Ohio State Buckeyes in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana. Petrino will become only the third coach in NCAA Football to lead two different teams to a BCS bowl game. In 2007, he led the Louisville Cardinals to a victory in the Orange Bowl.

As part of the new agreement, Petrino will receive an increase in his average annual compensation to a total of $3.36 million a year during the length of the agreement. The increase to Petrino’s compensation package will be paid with athletic department-generated revenues and private gift support and will not include any taxpayer dollars or student fees. The new agreement will also expand the non-compete clause in Coach Petrino’s current contract to include all Southeastern Conference institutions, rather than being limited to western division schools only.

Coach Petrino is excited about the new agreement. “I am excited to express my commitment to the University of Arkansas. Chancellor Dave Gearhart and Jeff Long have been tremendous in terms of their support and I appreciate the positive energy the fans have demonstrated. I look forward to continuing to dedicate myself to leading the Razorback football program.”

Info courtesy of the Arkansas athletics

SUGAR BOWL NEWS: Arkansas QB Mallett named Manning Award Finalist

Logo & Photo courtesy of Arkansas athletics

Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett has been named one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award, which is sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl and presented to the nation’s best quarterback following the bowl games.

The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football career accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that takes the candidates’ bowl performances into consideration in its balloting.

The Manning Award will be recognizing its seventh winner this year. Matt Leinert of Southern California was the first winner in 2005.

Mallett, who was a finalist for the award last season, has completed 242 of 364 passes for 3,592 yards and 30 touchdowns. He is the fourth quarterback in SEC history to throw for 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in consecutive seasons and just the third to throw for more than 3,500 yards in back-to-back seasons. During his Arkansas career, he has set or matched 38 different school or stadium records. His 299.3 passing yards per game lead the Southeastern Conference and rank fifth in the NCAA, while his 30 touchdown passes lead the conference and rank sixth in the country, Mallett also leads the NCAA with five completions of 70 or more yards and four completions of 80 or more yards.

Mallett has thrown for at least 300 yards in an NCAA-high nine games this season, breaking his single-season school record from 2009 and extending his Arkansas career record to 14. Included was a 409-yard performance against Vanderbilt which broke the school record of 408 he put up in 2009. The Vanderbilt game was the fourth 400-yard outing of his career. Before the Texarkana, Arkansas native enrolled at the school, the Razorbacks had never had a 400-yard passer in a single-game.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 19 and honored at a ceremony in New Orleans.


Andy Dalton, TCU

Colin Kaepernick, Nevada

Andrew Luck, Stanford

Ryan Mallett, Arkansas

Kellen Moore, Boise State

Cameron Newton, Auburn

Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State

Denard Robinson, Michigan

Darron Thomas, Oregon

Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State

Info courtesy of Arkansas athletics

Suspended Ohio State football players will stay in 2011 in exchange for playing in Sugar Bowl game

Jim Tressel with Gene Smith earlier this season after his 100th win at Ohio State ( photo)

Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel gave the five suspended football players an ultimatum. Eventhough, the NCAA said that they were eligible to play in the Sugar Bowl, Tressel wanted to test their loyalty to the University, team and fan base.

Before the team left for New Orleans, Tressel told them to make a decision about their future. Go to the NFL and you won’t play in the Sugar Bowl. Stay in 2011 and face the suspensions and they could play in New Orleans.

Coach Tressel announced earlier Thursday in his press conference in New Orleans that the five football players suspended for the first five games of next season will return in 2011.

All five, gave their word to return to the team before Tressel agreed to allow them to play in the January 4 Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Tressel said that the five players, Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas, were all in agreement that they would staf for the 2011 season. All are eligible to enter the NFL draft had they decided to leave school.

All five players were suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling awards and memorabilia. A sixth player, Jordan Whiting, was suspended for the season opener next season.

compiled from staff & Sugar Bowl news

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