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Football coach turns down Akron job, signs extension through 2016

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Posted: Monday, December 19, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 11:12 am, Fri Apr 5, 2013.

Coach Paul Winters signed an extension to stay as the face of Wayne State football through 2016, according to The Detroit News.

Officials from Division I University of Akron flew down to visit Winters late Sunday to offer him the head coaching gig. He mulled the decision overnight then returned to Wayne State this morning with a signed extension he'd been given weeks ago.

"It was a very difficult decision," Winters said when Akron presented him with a "generous" offer. "(Now) I wanna quit talking about it and get into recruiting (for next season)."

Akron is Winters' alma mater where he starred as its hall-of-fame running back starting in 1977. He was the Zips' assistant coach at times from 1994-2003 before coming to WSU in 2004.

"You know, I love it here, isn't that enough?" he said. "I think we have something special here."

In eight seasons Winters is the Warriors' winningest coach in school history (47). This season he coached in 16 games -- the second time in Division II history -- including a loss in the national championship game Dec. 17.

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