UPDATE (2:03) Kent State beat writer Stephanie Storm just passed this on Via E-mail:
Longtime Kent State athletic director Laing Kennedy is expected to announce his retirement at an impromptu press conference today at 4 p.m.
During his 15 seasons at the KSU helm, Kennedy has twice been honored as the Northeast Region Division I-A Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics in 2006 and ‘02.
During his tenure, Kent State has claimed 208 individual MAC titles, 72 team championships and celebrated 75 All-America honors. One of his most recent projects has been spearheading various improvements to Dix Stadium – Kent State’s off-campus football site.
Kennedy was hired at KSU in 1994 after 11 years in a similar position at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. During his tenure at Cornell, the university celebrated nine national championship teams, 36 Ivy League championship teams and 102 All-Americans.
Sports has always been in his blood as Kennedy, a native of Ontario, Canada, was an All-America goalkeeper and team captain for Cornell’s ice hockey team, earned All-Ivy League honors for three consecutive years and was named the University’s Outstanding Athlete in 1963.