EUGENE BAKER ADDED TO FOOTBALL STAFF - Kent State is welcoming back one of its own, as head football coach Doug Martin announced Wednesday that Eugene Baker has been named an assistant coach for the Golden Flashes. Baker will work primarily with the wide receivers. “We’re tremendously excited to be able to add unquestionably the best wide receiver in the history of the program to our coaching staff,” Martin said. “Eugene’s success here and his experience in the NFL will be a great asset as we continue to develop our wide receiving corps.” The school’s career leader in receptions (229), yards (3,513) and touchdowns (35) — all by wide margins, Baker played for the Flashes from 1995-98 and was a three-time All-Mid-American Conference selection. His junior season, the Monroeville, Pa., native established program-bests with 103 catches for 1,549 yards and 18 touchdowns en route to earning third team All-America honors from Football News. His 9.36 receptions per game also led the NCAA that season. Baker was selected in the fifth round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He went on to play for five different teams over his seven-year career, including a stint with the Carolina Panthers during their run to Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2003.
MAC vs. HORIZON - A little dated, but this writer is comparing the Horizon League and the Mid-American Conference when it comes to men's basketball.
FLASHES GO PATRIOTIC - Starting with the men's basketball game on Saturday night against Western Carolina, all Kent State athletic teams will be on the court or field for the national anthem in the future. The ABJ has the story here.
SOCCER WELCOMES SEVEN - The Kent State women's soccer program announced the addition of seven student athletes into their program for the 2010 season.
WRESTLING ON STO - Kent State's Feb. 21 dual meet against Central Michigan will air live on SportsTime Ohio from the M.A.C. Center at 2 p.m. Featuring two of the region's top programs, the rivalry has determined the Mid-American Conference regular season champion in each of the previous four years.