Kent State University has decided not to renew the contract of head football coach Paul Haynes, ending his tenure with the school after five seasons.

The move comes on the heels of Tuesday night's 24-14 loss to archrival Akron which dropped the Golden Flashes' record to 2-10 on the season, their worst in 12 years.

"Making a coaching change is never easy," Athletic Director Joel Nielsen said in a statement. "As an alum, Paul gave his all for this university and to Golden Flashes football, and moved the program forward in many ways. We thank Paul and his family for their service and commitment to Kent State student-athletes."

Haynes was a defensive back at KSU from 1987-91 before going into coaching, with stops as an assistant including Michigan State, Ohio State, and Arkansas. He was hired to lead Kent's football program in 2013, after his predecessor Darrell Hazell left for Purdue following an 11-3 season.

While expectations were high that first year, the bottom quickly fell out, and the Flashes finished the season 4-8. As fate would have it, it would be the best record of Haynes' tenure, and he finishes just 14-45 overall and 9-30 in Mid-American Conference play.

The university says a national coaching search will begin immediately.