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Kent State vs. Western Michigan | Preview

By admin Published: October 30, 2009

KENT STATE (4-4, 3-1 MAC) vs. WESTERN MICHIGAN (4-4, 3-2)

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KSU Basketball unveils new uniforms

By admin Published: October 29, 2009

Back on September 30 we told you the KSU men's basketball team would have new home uniforms this season.  Take a look at them.  The team has adapted the "baggy short, tight top" Nike look.  The road jerseys will look the same as years past, with a Centennial patch on the back below the neck.

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KSU Notes - October 29

By admin Published: October 29, 2009

The Mid-American Conference has officially released their basketball television package.  As we have reported, the Kent State men will be on television at least six times this season.  The Kent State women's basketball team will be on FS Ohio when they travel to Bowling Green on February 27.

Chris Singletary and Rod Sherman's injuries appear to be a little less severe then initially thought.  Hopefully they will only miss a week or two instead of three or four.  Both players will miss Monday's exhibition game with Ohio Northern.  Geno Ford has told me they will re-evaluate Sherman and Singletary in a week.

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KSU Notes - October 28

By admin Published: October 28, 2009

Stephanie Storm from the ABJ checks in with a KSU basketball notebook.  She reviews the injury situation and recaps the pre-season media polls with both the men and women.

Listen to Geno Ford break down the state of the team.

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KSU women's basketball picked second in MAC East

By admin Published: October 28, 2009

The Kent State women's basketball team was picked to finish second in the MAC East on Wednesday morning in the media pre-season poll.  The Golden Flashes return nine players from last season, including four starters.  KSU got 12 first place votes.  Their season will begin on November 13 at Robert Morris.  Bowling Green is the pick to win the East and the tournament.  Toledo was picked to win the West. 

EAST DIVISION
1. Bowling Green (22)
2. Kent State (12)
3. Miami (2)
4. Akron
5. Ohio
6. Buffalo 

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KSU men's basketball picked second in MAC East

By admin Published: October 28, 2009

The Kent State men's basketball team was picked to finish second in the MAC East on Wednesday morning in the media pre-season poll.  The Golden Flashes got three first place votes in the division, and got one vote to win the MAC Tournament.  Senior Chris Singletary was named to the East pre-season first team.  The Chicago native recently re-injured his ankle and will be out about 2-4 weeks. 

Not surprisingly, the Akron Zips were tabbed as the run away winner to win the East with 19 first place votes, and the tournament with 19 votes.

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Sherman dislocates left elbow

By admin Published: October 27, 2009

The injuries continue for the Kent State men's basketball team.  Chris Singletary re-injured his ankle during a scrimmage on Sunday and will be out about 2 to 4 weeks. 

Now Rod Sherman has dislocated his left elbow at the beginning of practice on Tuesday afternoon.  Sherman's timetable is uncertain at this time, pending an X-ray on the elbow.  Both players are in doubt to start the season on November 13 against Samford as part of the Hispanic College Fund Classic hosted by Kent State. 

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Future (and present) is bright for KSU Football

By admin Published: October 27, 2009

A very highly regarded recruiting class for Kent State football is already paying huge dividends in the 2009 season as many of the Golden Flashes' key contributors are freshmen and sophomores.  The future of Kent State football is looking very bright.  Jonas Fortune from the ABJ has the complete story.

The Kent State defense will face a very accomplished, gun-slinging quarterback this Saturday when they face Tim Hiller and the Western Michigan Broncos.  Hiller, an Orrville product, has passed for 2,254 yards and a 62.4 percent completion percentage on the season.  KSU's defense, mainly the front four, will have to get some pressure on Hiller.  Elton Alexander from The Plain Dealer is breaking down the matchup.

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Singletary aggravates ankle - Scrimmage notes

By admin Published: October 26, 2009

Elton Alexander from The Plain Dealer was on hand at a spirited Kent State basketball scrimmage last night and provides some notes on it.  Senior Chris Singletary re-injured an ankle that he had hurt earlier in the individual sessions.

FOOTBALL

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Catching up with Jay Youngblood

By admin Published: October 26, 2009

I was able to chat with former Kent State men's basketball swingman Jay Youngblood the other day.  Youngblood is playing in Austria for the Furstenfeld Panthers. 

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Kent State beats Bobcats, 20-11

By admin Published: October 24, 2009

In what could be one of the biggest wins in recent program history, Kent State went to Athens and beat the Ohio Bobcats 20-11 on Saturday afternoon to improve to 4-4, 3-1 in the MAC. 

In a game that wasn't always pretty, ended up turning into a thing of beauty for the Golden Flashes.  The Kent State defense didn't allow an offensive touchdown, had 15 tackles for loss for - 68 yards and 7 sacks.  Kevin Hogan had 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss on the day.  The Golden Flashes held the Bobcats to - 9 rushing yards on the day.  

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Kent State @ Ohio | Preview

By admin Published: October 23, 2009

Martin & Solich speaking the same language

By admin Published: October 22, 2009

If you listen to Kent State head coach Doug Martin and Ohio head coach Frank Solich, they sound pretty similar.  Both coaches speak of balanced football teams. 

Both teams feature exceptional special teams that are able to change the complexion of games, and use it to score touchdowns.  The Bobcats have blocked three punts this season.  They also feature a kick return and a punt return for a touchdown this season.  KSU has scored touchdowns on kickoffs and blocked field goals, the coverage units have also been great this season. 

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KSU Notes - October 21

By admin Published: October 21, 2009

The Kent State football team has a great opportunity in front of them this weekend in Athens.  They have a chance to play for a share of first place when they play Ohio at 2 p.m. on Saturday.  It's the reason you play college football, for a chance to compete for a conference championship.  It's something that hasn't happened for Kent State too often in late October.  The Daily Kent Stater previews the game with the Bobcats.

The Kent State field hockey team will travel to Michigan and play the Wolverines today in their final non-conference game of the season. 

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Edelman out with broken arm

By admin Published: October 20, 2009

Former Kent State quarterback and current New England wide receiver Julian Edelman has broken his arm and his timetable to return is unclear at this point. 

Edelman would have been battling for the third receiver spot after the team has recently released veteran receiver Joey Galloway.  Edelman has adjusted to his new position very well with 21 catches and 188 yards while also returning punts. 

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Men's Basketball announces game times

By admin Published: October 20, 2009

KENT, Ohio –  With the opening tip less than one month away the Kent State Men’s Basketball team has released game times for the 2009-10 season.  In addition to the 15-game home slate, the Golden Flashes will also host Ohio Northern in an exhibition contest on Nov. 2 at 7:00 p.m.

The season gets underway with the five-team, four-day Hispanic College Fund Classic starting Nov. 13.  The field for the event consists of Samford, UAB, Green Bay and Rochester (Mich).  The Golden Flashes opener will be against Samford at 7:00 p.m. following a match-up between UAB and Green Bay.  The next night on Nov. 14, Kent State takes on UAB at 7:00 p.m. after the Green Bay and Samford at 5:00 p.m.  The Classic continues on Sunday, Nov. 15 when KSU takes on Green Bay at 4:00 p.m. after the 2:00 p.m. Samford and UAB contest.  The final game of the weekend will take place on Nov. 16 when Green Bay and Rochester square off at 6:00 p.m. 

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KSU Football Notes - October 20

By admin Published: October 20, 2009

Kent State football has turned a dismal unit into a positive unit that is helping them win games.  Special teams used to be ugly to watch if you were a Golden Flashes fan.  Now, KSU leads the nation in kickoff coverage, have a kickoff return for a touchdown, blocked punts, big punt returns, blocked field goals, etc.  Stephanie Storm from the ABJ writes about the new emphasis on special teams and how it is helping the team to their 2-1 start in MAC play. 

It hasn't been very often the Golden Flashes have been in title contention in late October.  KSU is treating this week's game at Ohio as a showdown for first place, writes Dave Carducci from the Record Courier.

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Ohio football notes

By admin Published: October 19, 2009

Before I fully start researching the Ohio Bobcats...here's what I know

- They lead the nation in takeaways at 23
- Offensively, they are running the ball effectively while using the pistol formation.
- The offensive line is physical and playing well. They are a diverse line that can play physical and also run well while doing some pulling/trapping.
- They have improved their team speed in recruiting.
- They also have solid special teams. They have blocked three punts on the season and prior to the Miami game had scored a TD on special teams in three consecutive games. They blocked a punt against Miami that went out of bounds at the MU 5 yard line.
- RB Chris Garrett should be fine to play this week from injury. He will practice early in the week to see where he is at. If not, Harden is a solid back.
- The offensive line has gone 5 games in a row without giving up a sack.
- Part of that is due in part to a very mobile QB in Theo Scott who is playing at a very high level.
- The WR'S are deep and talented and do a good job of blocking.
- WR Terrance McCrae is big (6-4, 203) and athletic with 15 catches for 247 yds and 4 td's. He turned down an offer from Duquesne to play basketball.
- LB Noah Keller leads the defense.
- OU has several injuries and players out for the season that has really tested their depth.

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KSU roundup

By admin Published: October 19, 2009

The Kent State football team has a lot to prove this week on the road in Athens in a pivotal MAC East showdown with the Ohio Bobcats.  The PD's Elton Alexander writes...

Kent State freshman quarterback Spencer Keith was able to make several big plays, including a 48-yard TD pass to Tyshon Goode. But he also threw two interceptions, giving him five on the season (vs. seven TDs). That is not conducive to beating a good team on the road.

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Kent State rebounds with a 28-6 victory

By admin Published: October 17, 2009

Kent State rebounded this week after a tough loss to Bowling Green last week.  The Golden Flashes came and out scored Eastern Michigan 14-0 in the second half to post a solid 28-6 win.  Kent State recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff and that led to a one yard touchdown pass from Spencer Keith to Jon Simpson.  Kent State came up with a goal line stand in the second quarter to keep a 14-6 lead.  Leneric Muldrow threw a touchdown pass in the second half to Kendrick Pressley for his second TD pass of the season. 

Keith finished 10-24 for 164 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. 

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Kent State @ Buffalo men's basketball game on ESPNU

By admin Published: October 17, 2009

According to the Buffalo athletic website, Kent State at Buffalo on February 13 will be broadcast on ESPNU and start at noon.  Kent State currently has five games slated for television in the 2009-10 season thus far.  In addition, all home games should appear on K-Zone, on the Kent State athletic website.

Television Schedule (so far)

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Kent State @ Eastern Michigan | Preview

By admin Published: October 16, 2009

KENT STATE (2-4, 1-1) @ EASTERN MICHIGAN (0-5, 0-2)

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Basketball season kicks off

By admin Published: October 15, 2009

The Kent State men's basketball team will begin practice today for the 2009-2010 season.  The Golden Flashes begin year two under Geno Ford with the most seniors (6) since the 1991-1992 season.  "Our success as a team is going to hinge on the type of year the seniors have," Ford said.  "They can't be just decent.  They have to play with that sense of urgency most seniors have in their last year.  It's a talented group that has to find a way to not have their talent outshine their production."  Dave Carducci from the Record Courier takes a look at five question marks as they begin practice.   

Tyree Evans shot 40 percent from three point range last season.  Over the summer in Italy, Evans connected on 13 triples in four games.  Now, Jeff Goodman, senior college basketball writer at FoxSports.com, has named Evans the 38th best shooter in the country.

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Football notes...

By admin Published: October 13, 2009

Now that I've had a few days to cool down from Kent State's devastating loss on Saturday, here are some observations...

1. The defense was bad.  OK, you knew that.  Missed tackles, too much cushion in the secondary and not coming up big in the fourth quarter were the main problems.  Scoring 35 points should be enough to get a victory at home, but not on Saturday. 

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KSU is devastated, loses 36-35 on Homecoming

By admin Published: October 11, 2009

Courtesy: Kent State Athletic Communications

KENT, Ohio- Tyler Sheehan's quarterback draw with five seconds to play broke the hearts of Kent State fans Saturday (Oct. 10) in a 36-35 Bowling Green win at Dix Stadium.  The Golden Flashes led 35-23 midway through the fourth quarter, but the combination of Sheehan and Falcon receiver Freddie Barnes proved to be too much.

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Kent State vs. Bowling Green | Preview

By admin Published: October 9, 2009

KENT STATE (2-3, 1-0 MAC) vs. BOWLING GREEN (1-4, 0-1 MAC)

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January 23rd Kent State - Akron men's basketball game on ESPNU

By admin Published: October 8, 2009

Another Kent State - Akron men's basketball game will be on national television in the 2009-2010 season.  Kent State's January 23 home game with Akron had been rumored to appear on ESPNU, and now Associate Head Coach Rob Senderoff confirmed it as he appeared on the 'Inside Kent State Sports' show on Thursday night at the Water Street Tavern.  The March 5 season finale will be shown on ESPN2 at Akron.  Senderoff was on hand to discuss the upcoming season because Geno Ford is in Dallas recruiting at a junior college jamboree.  Senderoff was joined by sophomore big man Justin Greene.  Women's head coach Bob Lindsay was joined by seniors Rachel Bennett and Yoshica Spears.

MEN'S BASKETBALL NOTES...

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KSU Notes - October 8

By admin Published: October 8, 2009

It is Kent State's Centennial Homecoming this week and here is a list of activities and events for the weekend.

The special 'Inside Kent State Sports' show is tonight at the Water Street Tavern in Kent.  Josh Cribbs and Abe Elam will be on hand to meet and greet fans.  A men's and women's basketball preview will also take place with interviews with Geno Ford and Bob Lindsay.  The show starts at 6P.M. and will be aired on 1350 AM.  Fans can also listen at sportsradio1350.com.

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BG brings aerial attack to Kent

By admin Published: October 7, 2009

The Kent State defensive secondary will certainly be put to the test when they take on the Bowling Green Falcons this Saturday at Dix Stadium for Homecoming weekend.  The Falcons' passing attack is led by veteran quarterback Tyler Sheehan.  The Cincinnati native has thrown for 7,521 career passing yards (second best in school history) and 50 touchdowns in his career.  Thus far in the 2009 season Sheehan ranks second in the MAC and ninth in the nation with 291 yards per game passing.  "Sheehan is really playing well," KSU head coach Doug Martin said.  "I think he's really adapted well to their offense.  He's really seeing the field well and really puts the ball around a lot of different places.  They got some receivers that can really make plays." 

The receiver that makes the most plays for the Falcons and the most in the country is senior Freddie Barnes.  Barnes leads the nation in receptions with 53, ten more then the second place receiver.  In the opening game win against Troy, Barnes caught 15 passes for 157 yards which was a school record for receptions in a game at the time.  Not to be out done, Barnes established a new school record with 17 catches at Marshall. 

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Keith to start on Saturday

By admin Published: October 6, 2009

As expected, Doug Martin named freshman Spencer Keith his starting quarterback for Saturday's game when Martin the media at Dix Stadium on Monday afternoon.  “Spencer has a really good vision of the field,” said Martin. “He is really unlike any freshman quarterbacks I’ve had. Usually they get locked in on one receiver they like, so they always look for that guy. Or on a particular play, they just like one particular route. He’s not like that. He understands the game. He will move his eyes around. He makes some good throws.”

As has been documented before, Keith's high school coach has some unusual methods that he uses at Pulaski Academy where Keith put up huge passing numbers.  Feeling pressure is nothing new for Spencer Keith.  The Plain Dealer takes another detailed look at the methods to Kevin Kelley's madness.

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KSU offers Orrville's Miller

By admin Published: October 5, 2009

Orrville senior WR-DB Sam Miller (6-0, 180 pounds) has been offered by Kent State, according to ScoutingOhio.com. Miller also has offers from Toledo, Louisville and Western Michigan.

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KSU is defeated by Baylor 31-15

By admin Published: October 3, 2009

Courtesy: Kent State Athletic Communications

WACO, Texas -Kent State moved the ball up and down the field all night, but had little to show for it on the scoreboard in a 31-15 loss to Baylor Saturday (Oct. 3) at Floyd Casey Stadium.  The Golden Flashes totaled 424 yards of offense including the second straight 100-yard rushing performance by sophomore Jacquise Terry.

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Kent State @ Baylor | Preview

By admin Published: October 2, 2009

KENT STATE (2-2, 1-0 MAC) @ BAYLOR (2-1, 0-0 BIG 12)

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KSU men's basketball on TV

By admin Published: October 2, 2009

David Carducci at the Record Courier is reporting that the Kent State men's basketball team's two highest profile non-conference games will be televised this season.  Up to three more could be added to the television slate, including the January 23 home game with Akron.

The Golden Flashes’ Dec. 12 game at the University of Pittsburgh will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU. Tip-off for the meeting with the Panthers will be at noon.

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KSU men's basketball lands Carlton Guyton

By admin Published: October 1, 2009

The Kent State men's basketball program has added Carlton Guyton to its 2010 recruiting class.  Guyton currently plays for Mineral Area Junior College in Missouri.  The 6-4 Chicago native was actively recruited by KSU assistant coach Armon Gates, who is becoming a rising star at recruiting, especially in his native Chicago area.  Last season at Mineral Area, Guyton averaged under six points a game but should receive a much bigger opportunity this season to showcase his talent.  At Rich South High School in Chicago, Guyton averaged 17.1 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per game and 2.4 assists per game.  Guyton turned down an offer from Drake and cancelled a visit to Illinois State, the Record Courier reports.  The scouting report on Guyton from ChicagoHoops.com is that "he is a long and athletic shooting guard who is capable of getting points both with his jump shot, and also with his ability to slash to the basket."  Guyton joins Eric Gaines (Chicago), Kenny Knight (Cincinnati), Mark Henniger (Massillon) and Robert Johnson (Bedford) in the 2010 recruiting class.

The men's basketball team has posted their team picture from last week.

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