Ray Perkins, former coach of the New York Giants, Alabama, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, agreed Saturday to become head coach at Arkansas State.
Perkins, 50, replaces Al Kincaid, who was fired after a 1-10 season and a 4-17-1 two-year record.
Arkansas State will be moving from Division I-AA to Division I-A next season.
Arkansas State President Eugene Smith said Perkins accepted a three-year contract at $65,000 per year, plus fringe benefits. The salary will increase to $70,000 annually in Arkansas State's next fiscal year.