Arkansas has landed its new defensive coordinator.
Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino confirmed Friday night Ohio State co-denfensive coordinator and safeties coach Paul Haynes has a verbal agreement in place to be the new defensive coordinator for the Razorbacks.
Haynes has ties with Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino and former Razorback coordinators John L. Smith and Garrick McGee.
"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," Petrino added. " 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."
Haynes has been with the Buckeyes since 2005 and also had stops at Louisville with Petrino, Michigan State (with Smith) among other college stops and was also a quality control coach for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.
While with Jacksonville in 2001, he was the defensive quality control coach at the same time former Razorback offensive coordinator and current UAB head coach McGee was the offensive guy under then offensive coordinator Petrino.
Haynes shared the co-defensive coordinator title with Luke Fickell, the interim head coach after Ohio State forced out Jim Tressel.
Under Haynes' tutelage, Ohio State had five All-American defensive backs and 10 first-team All-Big Ten selections under Haynes' direction.
Eight of those defensive backs were selected in the 2006-11 NFL Drafts, including first rounders Donte Whitner and Malcolm Jenkins.
Haynes will take over for Willy Robinson, who was not retained after four years in the position.
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