Pees leaves Kent State for Patriots

KENT, Ohio -- Kent State football coach Dean Pees resigned
Wednesday to become a linebackers coach for the Super Bowl champion
New England Patriots.

The school did not immediately name a replacement for Pees, who
went 17-51 in six seasons. Offensive coordinator Doug Martin is
among the leading candidates to fill the vacancy.

In December, after a 5-7 season, Pees signed a one-year contract
extension through 2006.

Pees has a long-standing relationship with Patriots coach Bill
Belichick, who interviewed Pees to be Cleveland's special teams
coach in 1991.

In 2001, Pees led Kent State to a 6-5 record -- the school's best
mark in 15 years.