By TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) - A person familiar with the decision says Kent State is hiring Syracuse offensive assistant Sean Lewis as its new coach.
The person says Lewis has agreed to a contract with Kent State after completing his second season with the Orange. The person spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been signed.
Kent State has scheduled a news conference Thursday to introduce Lewis.
Lewis was the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Syracuse. The Orange only went 4-8 this season, but one of the wins came against No. 1 Clemson.
Kent State has been looking for a coach since athletic director Joel Nielsen elected not to renew Paul Haynes' contract following a 2-10 season. The Golden Flashes went just 14-45 in five seasons under Haynes.
Lewis appealed to Kent State because of his offensive experience and Midwest ties. A native of Illinois, he played quarterback and tight end for Wisconsin from 2004-07.
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