Baylor hires Hays to be new offensive coordinator

Updated: December 12, 2005, 10:13 PM ET
Associated Press

WACO, Texas -- Lee Hays was hired Monday as offensive coordinator at Baylor, his first NCAA Division I-A coaching job after a successful stint in the same position at West Texas A&M.

Hays replaces Brent Peace, who resigned Nov. 23, four days after the Bears finished a 5-6 season in which they were considered much improved but were still 96th nationally in total offense (317.9 yards per game) and 90th in scoring (21.45 points per game).

West Texas was 10-2 this year, its first 10-win season since 1950, and made it to the NCAA Division II playoffs. The Buffaloes were Division II's top passing team (363 yards per game), ranked seventh in scoring (40.3 ppg) and ninth in total offense (477.3 ypg).

"We will continue to seek a 60-40 pass-to-run ratio moving forward," Bears coach Guy Morriss said. "I believe Lee can take what we are doing and enhance it. Lee and I have a clear vision of the style of offensive football we want to play."

After serving in the Marine Corps from 1987-96, Hayes had two coaching stints at both Texas A&M-Kingsville and West Texas.


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