Minnesota has reportedly found its next cornerbacks coach.
Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports reported on Friday that Minnesota is expected to hire Paul Haynes to be the cornerbacks coach for the 2020 season. Haynes was most recently the defensive backs coach at Michigan State, where he held that position for the last two seasons under Mark Dantonio.
Haynes would also bring head coaching experience to the Twin Cities, having been the head coach at Kent State from 2013-17.
Source: Minnesota expected to hire Paul Haynes as cornerbacks coach. He spent last season at Michigan State and served as head coach at Kent State from 2013-17.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) February 21, 2020
Haynes would replace Rod Chance, who left Minnesota to join Mario Cristobal at Oregon. He was with the Golden Gophers for just one season before returning to the West Coast.
Haynes is familiar with the B1G, having had stops at Michigan State and Ohio State during his coaching career. He’s also been an assistant coach at Arkansas and Louisville at the FBS level.
From 2013-17, Haynes led the Kent State football program, but struggled in the head coaching role. In five seasons, the Golden Flashes were 14-45. But Haynes has had plenty of success coaching defensive backs during his career and has had several major stops along the way.
This would be a big addition for P.J. Fleck and company.