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Polinsky to join Kent State Sports Network

By admin Published: July 31, 2009

Rob Polinsky will join the Kent State Sports Network for the 2009 football season in a full time role as the color analyst alongside Tom Linder.  Fans may remember the solid job that Polinsky did last season in the season ending victory at Buffalo.  Polinsky filled in for Linder who was on the road with the men’s basketball team at the time.  Polinsky has been at WEOL/AM930 in Elyria since 1997 calling high school games.  He is a former speech and drama student of Linder’s at St. Paul High School in Norwalk.  The two also have experience working together on high school games in Norwalk in the 1980’s.  Ty Linder will return as the sideline reporter.

There is more exciting news for Kent State fans all around the state, country and world.  With the football and men’s basketball games returning to WNIR/100.1 FM, the station now streams live audio of their station.  Station Manager Bill Klaus assured me in an email response that all Kent State football and men’s basketball games will be streamed live on the website.  Now fans can hopefully listen in all over the world to root on the Golden Flashes.

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KSU picked 6th in MAC East

By admin Published: July 31, 2009

In not much of a surprise to anyone, Kent State was picked to finish 6th in the MAC East this morning at Media Day, while Buffalo was picked to win the East and Central Michigan the West.  Elton Alexander from The Plain Dealer weighs in. 

"We're tired of being at the bottom of the poll and not living up to people's expectations," Senior running back Eugene Jarvis told the Kent Sports Report.  "You can see the fire in people's eyes. Hopefully things will fall our way this year."

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MAC Football Media Day

By admin Published: July 31, 2009

The MAC Football Media Preview will air live and be available to the public this morning as part of a free preview.  The events will also be made available on demand following the event.  FS Ohio's and Kent State grad Jeff Phelps will be the emcee for the day's events.  Head Coach Doug Martin, Eugene Jarvis and Brian Lainhart will represent KSU and their time slot is scheduled for 9:30-9:40A.M.

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2009 MAC Preseason Consensus

By admin Published: July 30, 2009

With MAC Football Media Day talking place tomorrow in Detroit, NewsFlashes recaps several of the preseason magazines and where they pick the 2009 Golden Flashes. 

Phil Steele

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Saylor is 'go-to guy' in Avon

By admin Published: July 28, 2009

On June 23 NewsFlashes told you about three former KSU baseball players who are apart of the new expansion minor league team in Avon, the Lake Erie Crushers.  Andrew Davis and J.J. Pacella join Drew Saylor who represent the Blue and Gold.  Saylor (Wadsworth) is really capturing the opportunity.  Saylor has become a mainstay at second base and in the two spot in the lineup.  The 25 year old Saylor was hitting .302 going into Sunday's action.  Saylor has matured since he started playing professional baseball.  “When I first got drafted, I saw myself as a power hitter instead of being gap-to-gap with occasional power," Saylor told the Medina Gazette.  "I think that’s just part of maturing, and that’s how the guys in the big leagues get to the big leagues. They understand what type of player they are and they hone that in and figure that out, day in and day out."  It has been a bonus that Saylor is so close to home.  “A lot of people from where I work in Wadsworth, my friends and stuff, they also come up to see me play," Saylor said.  "You just have that support system that’s around you. That gives you that relaxation and easy feeling, that hominess that I’ve been searching for.”

Read the full story in the Medina Gazette.

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KSU Football looking for wins in 2009

By admin Published: July 26, 2009

Believe it or not, the Kent State football program has come a long way.  Under Doug Martin the graduation rate is above 80 percent.  The players have been quality citizens and Martin is respected in the community.  There has also been stability among Martin and his staff.  More than $15 million in upgrades have been done to Dix Stadium.  Now it is time for the program to produce a consistent winner.  Martin and his staff are hoping the final game from 2008 will help them shake a losing culture, and win in 2009.  The Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto has the full story here.

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KSU Notes

By admin Published: July 23, 2009

The men's basketball non-conference schedule has become official.  Read the official release here including the thoughts from Coach Geno Ford. 

The wrestling team also released their 2009-2010 schedule.  Coming off one of their best seasons in history, they will face tough competition throughout the schedule.

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Ford is a busy man, Football is gearing up

By admin Published: July 21, 2009

Kent State men's basketball coach Geno Ford has been a busy man this summer out on the recruiting trail.  This week he is in Las Vegas to watch one of the best basketball trainers in the world.  The rest of the week he will spend watching Nike, Adidas and Reebok AAU tournaments.  Kenny Knight, who verbally committed to KSU from the Cincinnati area, is playing in one of the tournaments.  After Las Vegas Ford will spend time in Dallas and Orlando.  So far this summer Ford has been to Cincinnati, Akron, Chicago, Tulsa, Texas and West Virginia.  Dave Carducci has the full story here. 

The Kent State football team will officially begin practice on August 7.  Head Coach Doug Martin and his staff are hard at work game planning for the first three opponents of the season (Coastal Carolina, Boston College, Iowa State).  Martin said he loves the attitude the players have exhibited this off season since their victory over MAC Champion Buffalo and is anxious to get started.

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Robert Johnson - Basketball recruit update

By admin Published: July 20, 2009

Many Kent State basketball fans have spent the last few months wondering and waiting on the future of talented wing player Robert Johnson from Bedford, Ohio.  Steve Hare from the Kent Sports Report finally caught up with Johnson.  Hare reports that Johnson said he will be a Prop 48 at KSU this year.  He'll be enrolled in school and can do individual workouts, but cannot practice with the team.  He'll need to qualify before he can play.  The good news for KSU fans is that he will be at Kent State rather than a Junior College.  The 6-6, 190 pound Johnson was a high school teammate of incoming freshman Randal Holt at Bedford, before Holt transferred to Glenville High School.  Johnson is considered by many a point forward, a wing player who has tremendous vision and ball handling ability.  "Robert is a skilled wing player with a major upside," said Head Coach Geno Ford at the time of the signing in mid November.  "A capable scorer that can play multiple positions he is a consummate team player and unselfish with the basketball."  

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Edelman signs with Patriots

By admin Published: July 18, 2009

Former Kent State quarterback Julian Edelman has signed a contract with the New England Patriots according to a report on  Edelman, who was a seventh round pick in April, signed a four year deal worth $1.7 million with a $48,700 signing bonus.  Edelman really impressed people during the rookie mini-camp and the team's mandatory mini-camp.  He will be a versatile player for the Patriots as he makes the transition to wide receiver.  Edelman can also be used in the return game and line up at quarterback in the "wildcat offense".

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Kent State Football offers Youngstown player

By admin Published: July 16, 2009

Youngstown Cardinal Mooney senior RB-DB Ray Vinopal (5-11, 185) has been offered by Kent State, according to He also reportedly has an offer from Bowling Green.

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Men's Basketball Scheduling update

By admin Published: July 2, 2009

Back on June 9 NewsFlashes updated you on the non-conference schedule for the men's basketball team for the 2009-2010 season.  Now we can give you the dates for those games.  The official non-conference schedule will probably be released next week.

HOME — Nov. 13 vs. Samford, Nov. 14 vs. UAB, Nov. 15 vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay, Dec. 8 vs. Rochester College, Dec. 20 vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Jan. 4 vs. Norfolk State, Feb. 20 a TBA BracketBuster opponent.

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Summer Baseball update

By admin Published: July 2, 2009

The Kent State Athletics Communications official website,, has released an update on many of its members of the 2009 MAC Tournament Championship team.  Brad Stillings (Minnesota), Jon Pokorny (Milwaukee), Greg Rohan (Chicago Cubs), Chris Tremblay (San Diego), and Jason Patton (Tampa Bay) have all signed professional contracts with their respective organizations.  Earlier in the week we told you that Kyle Smith had signed with the Indians.

Read the full release here. 

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