Minnesota offensive line coach and run game coordinator Ed Warinner is a “strong candidate” for the head coaching job at Kent State, according to a report.

Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated tweeted on Thursday that Warinner is being looked at heavily by Kent State. The Golden Flashes are searching for a new head coach after firing Paul Haynes.

This was Warinner’s first season with Minnesota, joining P.J. Fleck’s staff in the offseason. But the O-line coach has plenty of experience, as his coaching days date back to 1984. He’s had stops at Akron, Michigan State, Army, Air Force, Kansas and Illinois, among other stops. Before coming to Minneapolis, he was on Ohio State’s staff from 2012-2016.

Warinner is a Strasburg, Ohio native and has plenty of experience coaching in the Midwest and in Ohio. Because of his ties to the area, Warinner may be a really good fit with the Golden Flashes.

Kent State fired Haynes after five seasons with the program. He was a paltry 14-45 during that time and 9-30 in conference play. His teams never won more than four games and the Flashes ended the 2017 campaign with a 2-10 mark.