Congratulations goes out to Kent State senior Danny Mitcheff for being named MAC Wrestler of the Year. Mitcheff recently closed his career by earning All-America status with a sixth place finish at the NCAA Championships in Omaha.
Mitcheff was one of five NCAA qualifiers this season. Kent State ranked #16 in the final NWCA Coaches Poll.
KONZ IMPRESSES SAINTS - Word is from the Kent State athletic department that Jameson Konz really impressed during his workout on Tuesday morning at the KSU field house for the New Orleans Saints. Konz did 27 225-pound reps, which were seven more than any wide receiver at the NFL combine and better than all but one tight end.
BASKETBALL RECAP - Stephanie Storm from the ABJ is recapping the men's basketball season in today's paper and on Ohio.com. Kent State will have a couple of good building blocks back next season with Rod Sherman on the perimeter and Justin Greene inside.
I like to refer to Sherman as the "Ultimate Senior" for next season. Sherman has been through just about all one can go through in a college career. He's a fifth year guy. He's won regular season championships, tournament championships, played in the NCAA tournament and the NIT, missed an entire season due to a knee surgery, suffered injuries at the start of this season, made a major position change, started games, come off the bench, etc.
LOOKING AHEAD - The Cleveland Plain Dealer is looking ahead to next season for the men's basketball team. Elton Alexander includes this update on the schedule for next season.
Kent will find its new identity against a non-conference slate that includes Florida, South Florida, James Madison, Cleveland State, Youngstown State, Iona, Lehigh and Robert Morris.
It's about time Cleveland State decides to renew the local series with Akron and Kent State. One year off in KSU's case, and five years off in Akron's case was way too much. There is absolutely no reason why these teams should not be playing every season. I'm not sure what former KSU coach Gary Waters was trying to prove at Cleveland State with his 2009-10 schedule. Put together a decade long run of success before you "big time" the very quality programs in your own backyard to take on the BCS big boys. Kent State loses six seniors next season while CSU returns their entire roster. How convenient.
KOWALCZYK OFFICIALLY IN AT TOLEDO - Former Green Bay coach Tod Kowalczyk was officially introduced yesterday as the next head coach of the men's basketball program at Toledo. Former KSU coach Jim Christian is a good friend of Kowalczyk's and had this to say on the hire.
"Tod is a great hire and the ideal fit for leading the University of Toledo program. He is an incredible teacher, possesses a dynamic personality and is a true leader. Toledo is not only getting a tremendous coach, but they are getting a tremendous and passionate family-oriented person that parents should want their kids to play for. Tod has a proven track record with the success that he experienced at Wisconsin-Green Bay, and I'm confident that he will do a terrific job in building the Toledo men's basketball program."
Hopefully Kowalczyk can restore some pride in a Toledo program that is coming off its worst season in school history.
JOYCE TO COACH IN McDONALD'S GAME - Congratulations goes out to Saint Vincent-Saint Mary's head coach Dru Joyce II, who will coach the East team tonight of the McDonald's All-American game to be held at the Value City Arena in Columbus. Joyce will coach a team headlined by Jared Sullinger, younger brother of former Kent Stater Julian Sullinger. Joyce's son Cameron attended Kent State for a year and a half and was on the basketball team before transferring out at the semester break this past season.
BASEBALL WINS SLUG FEST OVER PENN STATE - The Kent State baseball team (11-14) beat Penn State 9-8 yesterday at Schoonover Stadium. The Flashes will play at Penn State this evening.
SOFTBALL OPENS HOME SLATE - Winners of 12 of their last 15 games, the Kent State softball team will host Penn State today in a doubleheader at the Diamond at Dix.