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News roundup

By admin Published: October 16, 2008

NEWSROUNDUP
MEN’S BASKETBALL:

Senior guard Al Fisher was voted on this year’s preseason All-MAC East team Wednesday. Fisher is, of course, the defending MAC Player of the Year.

A couple stories on Tyree Evans are beginning to trickle out as the first practice approaches tomorrow.

Daily Kent Stater sports editor Brock Harrington offered this column with a little bit of fence sitting whether Kent State is making a good decision or not.

Assistant sports editor Doug Gulasy did the news story here. Although, Gulasy does have a fact error within his story; Evans and four other men were charged in the statutory rape trial. Two of the others were Winchendon teammates. Two were former teammates.

I also found this ESPN team preview.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Senior center Anna Kowalska was one of five East Division players named to the Preseason All-Mid-American Conference Team Thursday.

The women’s team is expected to be much improved over last year’s team that faced many, many…. MANY, problems.

After red shirting last season, and dealing with legal problems, Jamilah Humes is expected to make a full return on the court.

Humes’ felony charges of receiving stolen property were dismissed, according to court documents. She started her freshman year.

Currently the women’s roster breaks down like this:

GUARDS:
Asheley Harkins 5-7 5Sr.
Rachel Bennett 5-9 RJr.
Jamilah Humes 5-8 RSo.
Stephanie Gibson 5-6 So.
Jena Stutzman* 5-8 Fr. Berlin, Ohio (Hiland)

FORWARDS:
Alisa Brinkman 6-0 Sr.
Chenel Harris 5-11 So.
Lakeshia Levi* 5-11 Jr. Warner Robins, Ga. (Butler Community College) (Northside)
Yoshica Spears* 5-10 Jr. Nome, Texas (Tyler Junior College) (Hardin-Jefferson)

CENTERS:
Anna Kowalska 6-4 Sr.
Ellie Shields 6-3 So.
Lorriane Odhiambo* 6-2 Jr. Nairobi, Kenya (Jacksonville College)(Pangani)

*Indicates a new edition to the team

Never underestimate a Bob Lindsay coached team. This team should be in the thick of the MAC hunt once again.

Football:
-- Rumors have swirled that Kent state worked out an undisclosed baseball player this week as a possible kicker. No word yet if he is on the team or whether he was even good in the tryout.

-- For anyone looking for thoughts on last Saturday’s football game I apologize. Personally I felt everyone deserved a break from the headaches they have caused lately anyway. Although I did enjoy all the comments posted on the blog. Most of them were intelligently written and brought up some valid points. Others? Not so much.

Here is my thoughts: It his hard to dig yourself out of a 30-year rut when decisively bad precedents have been set forth.

When Nick Saban wanted to coach his alma mater, Kent State, they wanted nothing to do with it, so he moved on to Toledo. Former coach Ron Blackledge is still waiting for past management to tell him he was fired. Blackledge of course moved on to the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers.

This isn’t confirmed, but a former player told me the other day that Jack Lambert used to suit up and practice with the Flashes. When he wanted someone he knew and trusted to coach the Flashes; Kent State wanted nothing of it. Lambert wanted no more of Kent State.

Where is Antonio Gates and his commitment to his alma mater? Where is Lou Holtz?

My point is, decisions were made long before Laing Kennedy joined the fray that have seriously hindered and crippled this program. How much better would the program be if Saban spent three years at his school? Will he donate some of those millions here after he retires? Possibly. It depends how he has been treated and who knows how that is.

Some people of late have been raving about the job Brady Hoke has done recently at Ball State and wonders why Kent State can’t do the same thing. Hoke, in his sixth year, is reaping the benefits of a top-ranked team. He is doing so at his alma mater where he is happy. Could Saban have been happy at KSU for at least a couple of years? We’ll never know.

It also doesn’t hurt Hoke that Ball State alum David Letterman is well in touch with the University.

Hoke also is getting it done with a top-ranked quarterback named Nate Davis. Davis, of course, the younger brother of Kent State standout quarterback Jose Davis, who broke nearly all the Kent State passing records.

As the story goes Jose Davis was upset during his senior year when Kent State fired his offensive coordinator. He left KSU on not the best of terms. Kent State offered Nate Davis a scholarship. He didn’t accept.

Does that paint an ugly enough picture of KSU football?

With Kent State football there is always something. That started years ago.

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