Kent State University coach Paul Haynes has taken a medical leave of absence from the Golden Flashes football program.

Haynes will miss KSU’s season opener at noon Saturday at Clemson against the defending national champion Tigers.

A source close to the program, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Haynes is dealing with a personal health issue, and that he expects to return to the team in two to three weeks.

KSU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Don Treadwell will serve as interim head coach during Haynes’ time away.

Haynes is in his fifth year as KSU coach.

“We fully support head coach Paul Haynes during his leave,” KSU Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen said in a news release. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Haynes family as we look forward to his return to Kent State.”

KSU will make its home debut at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 9 against Howard. The Golden Flashes will then travel to play at Marshall on Sept. 16 and at Louisville on Sept. 23, before returning home to meet Buffalo on Sept. 30.

“I know that his optimistic, ideal situation would have him in the booth for the Howard game,” the source said. “He would be up above in the press box.”

The KSU football team did not practice Monday, but will return to the field Tuesday morning under the direction of Treadwell.

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