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Kyle Smith signs with Indians organization

By admin Published: June 28, 2009

Former Kent State right handed pitcher Kyle Smith (Louisville) has signed to a deal with the Indians.  The Indians selected Smith in the 20th round of the June draft.  Smith went 4-2 with a 4.79 ERA in 11 starts in 2009.  He was bothered by shoulder problems for much of the season.  Smith was the winning pitcher in the MAC Championship game as Kent State defeated Toledo 5-3 to win its seventh tournament championship in program history.

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Football announces game times

By admin Published: June 25, 2009

Kent State announced the times for its football games today, including four night contests.

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Three former Flashes on new team in Avon

By admin Published: June 23, 2009

Former Kent State right handed pitcher J.J. Pacella has joined former Golden Flashes Andrew Davis and Drew Saylor playing for the Lake Erie Crushers in Avon, Ohio.  The Crushers compete in the Frontier League and are an independent team.  Davis is playing third base and batting .296 with 2 HR and 19 RBI while Saylor is playing second base and batting .282 with 4 HR and 22 RBI.  The team is 16-13 going into tonight.   

The Medina Gazette had featured Saylor a few weeks ago here.

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DeAndre Haynes article

By admin Published: June 18, 2009

DeAndre Haynes is one of 14 former Kent State men's basketball players playing professional basketball in a foreign country.  This past season Haynes played in Hungary.  Haynes is in town to help out at the Golden Flashes' summer basketball camp for kids.  Dave Carducci from the Record Courier has the story with the 2006 MAC Player of the Year and some of his experiences, both good and bad, playing professional basketball overseas.  

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Interview with new MAC Commissioner

By admin Published: June 16, 2009

The Plain Dealer recently interviewed new Mid-American Conference Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher.  Steinbrecher, the former Commissioner of the Ohio Valley Conference and Mid-Continent Conference, took over on May 1.  "What I want to make sure we're doing, at virtually every meeting, basketball is the topic of conversation," Steinbrecher said.  Read the full Q and A here. 

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KSU Notes

By admin Published: June 13, 2009

Dave Carducci from the Record Courier checks in today with some news and notes. 

-Currently the football program has 64 players on campus to participate in the summer strength and conditioning program. 

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Dix Stadium to host 'Football University' this weekend

By admin Published: June 11, 2009

Dix Stadium will host Football University this weekend for the second straight year.  Football University was founded by Rich McGuiness, the president of the New Jersey based company SportsLink.  This football camp offers instruction by former and current professional players.  More than 150 athletes have registered for Football University which will last Friday-Sunday.  The Plain Dealer's Tim Rogers has the full story. 

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Flashes selected in the MLB Draft

By admin Published: June 10, 2009

Kent State baseball has had seven players selected in the first-year player draft, tying the 1994 class for the most draftees ever.

Kent State right handed pitcher Brad Stillings was selected by the Minnesota Twins with the No. 222 pick.

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KSU Notes

By admin Published: June 10, 2009

Dave Carducci from the Record Courier weighs in on the changes made to the MAC Basketball tournaments including thoughts from men's basketball head coach Geno Ford, former head coach Jim Christian and Athletic Director Laing Kennedy.

Three Kent State track and field athletes have the opportunity to compete at the 2009 NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas which will begin today and conclude on Saturday. 

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Women's Basketball commitment

By admin Published: June 9, 2009

Cincinnati Walnut Hills junior center Tayler Stanton has orally committed to play for the Kent State women’s basketball program, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Men's Basketball scheduling update

By admin Published: June 9, 2009

The Kent State men's basketball team should open up the season by hosting the Hispanic College Fund Classic during a weekend in mid November.  The Golden Flashes will welcome in UAB, Samford and Wisconsin-Green Bay.

It's possible that KSU should round out the month of November by playing at Youngstown State and Morehead State, the return game of the thrilling BracketBuster game last year.

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MAC Basketball Tournament back to eight teams

By admin Published: June 8, 2009

Today the Mid-American Conference Council of Presidents voted to reduce the number of teams coming to The Q in Cleveland for the MAC basketball tournaments from 12 to 8 teams.  The approved format will be in place for at least 2010 and 2011.  Also, there will be no men's or women's media day luncheon, and a minimum one year moratorium on student-athlete gifts at the 23 sponsored MAC Championships.  There will also be no printed conference media guides for any sport.  Elton Alexander from The Plain Dealer has the full story here.

I agree with the move back to the old format.  Trying to bring 24 teams to Cleveland got a little bit ridiculous last year with six games on one day including the first game starting at 9A.M.

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Stricklin says as many as nine players could be drafted

By admin Published: June 8, 2009

The Major League Baseball 2009 First Year Player Draft will take place on Tuesday.  Kent State baseball coach Scott Stricklin says that as many as nine KSU players could be drafted but realistically six or seven should be taken for sure.  Jonas Fortune has the story here.  The MAC Daily has previewed the draft while talking about a few Golden Flashes and Dennis Manoloff from The Plain Dealer previews the draft and also looks at some Ohioans who should hear their name called. 

Lou Holtz's speech in the Centennial Starner Distinguished Speaker Series that will take place on September 9, 2009 has sold out in just a week.  The Kent State Athletic Department announced that it will simulcast the speech in the KIVA, which will roughly open up another 400 free tickets.  Holtz will speak in the Kent Student Center Ballroom at 7p.m.  A 1959 KSU graduate,  Holtz will share his life experiences as part of his speech entitled "If You Didn't Show Up, Who Would Miss You And Why?".

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Chafin Named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American

By admin Published: June 3, 2009

Freshman relief pitcher Andrew Chafin was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.  It's the third consecutive year a KSU player has received this honor following Anthony Gallas in 2007 and Ben Klafczynski in 2008.  Chafin was 4-1 on the season with eight saves and a 1.26 ERA that led all pitchers in the MAC and is second in KSU history for a single season.  Earlier, Chafin was named MAC Freshman of the Year.

Senior Jason Patton was named to the All-Tempe Regional team.  In three games in Arizona Patton was 8 for 14 with seven RBI and four runs scored.

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Hamilton's quest continues

By admin Published: June 3, 2009

Kim Hamilton had an outstanding, All-MAC softball career for four years at the Diamond at Dix during her Kent State career.  Now after only eight months of training to learn how to throw the javelin at the college level, Hamilton will participate in the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas next week.  Hamilton, who is getting her Master's degree in sports management, was looking for an activity during her fifth year and it looks like she found some success that could lead to even more success in the future.  Dave Carducci from the Record Courier has the interesting story. 

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KSU Claims Reese Trophy in Men's Athletics

By admin Published: June 1, 2009

It was another excellent season for athletics for Kent State University.  The Golden Flashes men's athletic programs were recently honored for having the top teams for the 2008-2009 school year.  Kent State won league titles in golf, indoor track & field and wrestling while basketball, baseball and cross country finished in third place.  The women's programs finished in second place to Miami for the Jacoby Trophy.  The Flashes earned championships in field hockey, gymnastics and golf.  This is the eighth straight year that Kent State has finished in third place or better in both standings.  Overall, KSU has six Jacoby trophies and four Reese titles.  

Cleveland Indians scouting director Brad Grant praised the Kent State baseball coaching staff and the talent that the Flashes are able to produce year after year in addition to having very competitive teams.  Stephanie Storm has included that and much more in her KSU Notebook.

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Kent State ends season with loss to Oral Roberts

By admin Published: June 1, 2009

The Kent State baseball team's thrilling season came to a close yesterday with a 15-10 loss to Oral Roberts in an NCAA Regional game in Tempe, Ariz.  Kent State ends the season at 43-17, which is good for the third most wins in school history.  Also shortstop Chris Tremblay became the career assists leader in school history with 591.

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