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By admin Published: April 29, 2010

I've decided to take my act to the Kent Sports Report and put my Kent State sports reporting efforts into that site.

We are doing a lot of great things over there with a lot of new ideas and intensified Kent State coverage.  So come join us at KSR!

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Konz selected by Seattle in 7th round

By admin Published: April 24, 2010

Kent State's Jameson Konz was selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the 38th pick of the seventh round of the NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon.  The 245th pick overall, Konz becomes the 39th player to be drafted in KSU history.  He is the fourth Golden Flash in the last four years to be drafted.

Originally projected as a tight end/wide receiver, the Seahawks drafted Konz as a fullback in the NFL.  The fifth-year senior turned in a 46-inch vertical leap and a 4.38 40-yard dash among his other measurements at his pro day at the Kent State field house.  Konz’ vertical leap was two inches better than what any player turned in at the NFL combine, while his 40 time would have ranked second among all tight ends and wide receivers.

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Flashes hold final scrimmage before Spring Game

By admin Published: April 24, 2010

The Kent State football team held its final scrimmage on Saturday morning before their official spring game on Friday, April 30. 

Kent State football radio analyst Rob Polinksy was on hand this morning and provided me with these observations on what he saw. 

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Future Flashes excel in North-South Classic

By admin Published: April 24, 2010

Several future Kent State football players excelled last night at the Ohio North-South All-Star Classic at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.

The South beat the North 23-20 in front of about 5,000 fans.  The game featured five players going to Ohio State, five going to Michigan and five on their way to Notre Dame.

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Kent State recruits to play in North-South Classic

By admin Published: April 23, 2010

Kent State football recruits Luke Wollet (Poland, DB, 6-1, 185), Mark Fackler (Kenton, DE, 6-4, 235), Phil Huff (Hilliard Davidson, OL, 6-3, 245) and Roosevelt Nix (Reynoldsburg, DL, 6-0, 250) will participate in tonight's 65th Ohio North-South Classic.  The game is at Ohio Stadium in Columbus at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $5 with proceeds benefiting the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association scholarship fund.

Wollet will play for the North squad, while Fackler, Huff and Nix will suit up for the South. 

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NCAA tournament close to expanding

By admin Published: April 22, 2010

The NCAA is about to expand the men's basketball tournament from 65 to 68 teams starting next year.  It also has a new $10.8 billion TV deal that will show every game live.

The Division I men's basketball committee unanimously passed the proposal and it will now be reviewed by the Board of Directors on April 29.

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Flashes pound Pittsburgh, 16-3

By admin Published: April 21, 2010

The Kent State baseball team pounded 24th-ranked Pittsburgh on Tuesday afternoon at Trees Field in Pittsburgh by a score of 16-3.  The Flashes smacked out 20 hits on their way to the lopsided win.  

Back on April 7, the Flashes beat Pittsburgh 19-6.  Throw in Tuesday and the Flashes beat up on the Panthers this season by a combined score of 35-9.  Kent State improves to 21-18 on the season while Pittsburgh falls to 26-10.

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Football scrimmage recap

By admin Published: April 17, 2010

The Kent State football team scrimmaged for the first time on Saturday with officials in conditions that featured rain, wind and snow.

Speedster Dri Archer ran for 107 yards on 14 carries including a touchdown, while Jacquise Terry ran for 90 yards on 14 carries.

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Nielsen to start May 1

By admin Published: April 16, 2010

Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton announced Friday that Joel Nielsen’s start date has been bumped up two weeks to May 1.

The Athletic Director at the University of South Dakota for the last seven years, Nielsen was formally introduced March 25 as Kent State’s 11th Director of Athletics with an anticipated May 15 start date.  The earlier date allows Nielsen to be included in several key long-range planning meetings early in the month.

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Vanderink becomes student coach

By admin Published: April 16, 2010

A nagging back injury has forced former Crestwood star Alan Vanderink to make the difficult decision of giving up his football playing days and starting his coaching career.  Vanderink will be a student coach for the Golden Flashes in the upcoming 2010 season. 

Vanderink will always have a spot in coach Doug Martin's heart.   

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Flashes beat Cleveland State 6-3

By admin Published: April 14, 2010

AVON- I made the short trek from my house over to All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon to watch the Kent State baseball team (19-16) play Cleveland State (8-21) on Wednesday afternoon.  The result was a 6-3 win for the Golden Flashes.  Kent State has now won 14 of their last 19 baseball games.

Sophomore Ryan Mace (Tallmadge) picked up his first win of the season for KSU.  Sophomores Kyle McMillen (Hoban) and Jimmy Rider both went 3 for 5 from the plate with McMillen contributing three RBI.

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Spring Football notes

By admin Published: April 13, 2010

Dave Carducci of the Record Courier checks in today with some news and notes about how spring practice is going for the Golden Flashes. 

I like Coach Martin's tactics to increase the intensity during the first five minutes and last five minutes of practice.  While KSU started games pretty well last season by scoring on their first possession of six games, the Golden Flashes will need to finish stronger in 2010.

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Kent State's pipeline to the pros

By admin Published: April 11, 2010

Kent State University's ability to produce high quality football players in the NFL has been well documented locally in the last several years. 

Kent State had eight NFL players on opening weekend rosters in 2009, which led the Mid-American Conference.  The MAC had 50 players on that list.

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Konz with high measurables and hope

By admin Published: April 8, 2010

Lake High School graduate and former Kent Stater Jameson Konz is trying to be the next Golden Flash to make it in the NFL.  Konz bounced around at KSU, making 21 starts at linebacker before moving to tight end for his senior season.  An ankle injury cost him the entire season.  After gaining another year of eligibility, Konz caught 21 passes for 298 yards in 2009.

With freakish athleticism and a stunning pro day, Konz may find himself drafted in the upcoming NFL Draft.

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Nielsen makes first KSU hire, football guru Kleinlein

By admin Published: April 7, 2010

Joel Nielsen will not officially become the new Director of Athletics at Kent State University for another month.

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Konz makes "2010 Welker Watch List"

By admin Published: April 7, 2010

Former Kent State football player Jameson Konz has made SI.com's "2010 Wes Welker Watch List."  The list targets off the radar NFL prospects who could make a big impact in the NFL. 

Last season former KSU star Julian Edelman was on the list and delivered with a very productive rookie season as a wide receiver with the New England Patriots.  Edelman was third on the team with 37 receptions for 359 yards.

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KSU Notes - April 6

By admin Published: April 6, 2010

SPRING PRACTICE RECAP - Dave Carducci is recapping the first day of spring football practice over at his blog.

KentStateSports.com has posted a video on the site about the first day of practice including an interview with head coach Doug Martin.

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Jarvis article on SI.com

By admin Published: April 5, 2010

Cory McCartney from SI.com writes about Kent State running back Eugene Jarvis and the long, emotional journey he has been on since lacerating his kidney on September 12, 2009 in a game at Boston College.

Kent State RB Jarvis ready for action after medical hardship - SI.com

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Flashes Begin Spring Practice

By admin Published: April 5, 2010

The Kent State Football team will begin spring practice on Monday morning at 9:00 a.m.  The Flashes will have 15 practices before holding their Spring Game on April 30 at Dix Stadium.

With eight starters returning on offense, seven starters returning on defense in addition to all specialists, Kent State is striving to win their first MAC title since 1972.

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Ford gets his contract extension

By admin Published: April 1, 2010

According to the Record Courier, men's basketball coach Geno Ford and the Kent State athletic department have worked out a contract extension to keep him in Kent through the 2014-15 season at an annual salary of $300,000 a year.

On Tuesday, Marshall University called to ask for permission to speak with Ford about their vacant head coach post.  It looks like that accelerated the process for Ford at Kent State.

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