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KSU Notes - September 10

By admin Published: September 10, 2009

As we hinted at earlier on NewsFlashes, the Kent State at Akron men's basketball game on Friday, March 5 will be shown in front of a national television audience on ESPN2 at 8P.M.

Lou Holtz shared his experiences and thoughts last night in the Kent Student Center Ballroom as part of his speech entitled, "If You Didn't Show Up, Who Would Miss You and Why?"  Steve Hare from the Kent Sports Report has posted videos from Holtz's pre-speech visit with the local media in the "Varsity K" room.  Holtz spoke to the football team prior to the speech.  According to Hare, one player was quoted as saying, "He talked about a lot of things; how to be successful, teamwork and confidence.  It was awesome.  He is a legend and he inspires a lot.  Seeing him in person and not just on TV was really something special."    

Dave Carducci from the Record Courier writes that Kent State should not hesitate to pull redshirt sophomore quarterback Giorgio Morgan for true freshman Spencer Keith if Morgan's ankle sprain is limiting him.  The offensive line surrendered three sacks against FCS opponent Coastal Carolina last week.  The Golden Flashes' coaches should be more worried about when the Miami RedHawks visit on September 26 and the rest of the MAC schedule than having Morgan limp it out against a stingy BC defense.     

Mark Blaudschun is the Boston College beat reporter for the Boston Globe and he lays out the BC defensive game plan after visiting practice on Wednesday.

" The Eagles defensive game plan is simple: Find a way to stop Kent State's talented tailback Eugene Jarvis. "You are going to see him on first down, second down, and third down,'' BC defensive coordinator Billy McGovern told his players as they ran against the scout team with running back Jeff Smith playing the role of Jarvis. The 5-foot-5 inch 170 pound senior running back had 141 yard rushing yards (1 TD), 3 receptions for 30 yards and a total of 265 all purpose yards against Coastal Carolina, which led the country for the week."

Even though Boston College's massive offensive line, that averages 6-6, 306 pounds, dominated Northeastern 54-0 on Saturday afternoon, senior center and tri-captain Matt Tennant says that line still has a long way to go in this BC Notebook section from Steve Conroy with the Boston Herald.

The Kent State men's basketball team will open the 2009-10 season on November 13 at home against Samford as part of the Hispanic College Fund Classic.  Tragically, the Samford Bulldogs lost forward Jim Griffin as the Chicago native was found dead Tuesday morning in his room.  Griffin was 23 and a sociology major.  Griffin apparently died in his sleep.

Elton Alexander from The Plain Dealer writes that MAC men's basketball coaches are hard at work on the recruiting scene.  Kent State has three verbal commitments for 2010.  Mark Henniger from Massillon Jackson, Kenny Knight from Cincinnati and Eric Gaines from Chicago are all expected to join Geno Ford's program for the 2010-11 season.

Speaking of recruiting, the Golden Flashes are reportedly recruiting Nate Tait, 5-10 point guard from Brush High School in Lyndhurst.  JJHuddle.com writes:

JJ Huddle checked in with Lyndhurst Brush's Nate Tait this past week to find out the latest with the 5-foot-10 point guard.  Tait said that he has no offers yet, but is hearing from Cleveland State, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Western Michigan, Wright State, and Youngstown State.  Tait is waiting patiently.  "I played pretty good all summer, and now I am just waiting for an offer," Tait stated.  We asked the youngster how his overall game is coming along.  "My jump shot definitely is my weakness, but I have been working on it all summer so it is almost there," Tait explained. "My strengths are really everything else in a point guard."

ESPN.com recently had their 'Best of the Rest Shootaround' of the teams and players you do not want to face.  KSU's Tyree Evans is mentioned by Andy Katz.  Akron is mentioned as a team to watch and freshman Zeke Marshall is named as a 'Freshman We Can't Wait To See.' 

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