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Total Clips (62)
Alumni; Athletics (3)
Athletics (47)
Collaboration; College of Applied Eng, Sustainability and Tech (1)
Enrollment; Human Resources; University Conference Bureau (1)
Hillel; Quality Initiatives and Curriculum, Office of (2)
Hotel and Conference Center; Town-Gown (1)
Journalism and Mass Communications (1)
Journalism and Mass Communications; Students (1)
KSU at Stark (1)
Marketing and Entrepreneurship (1)
Office of the President (1)
Psychology (1)
Recreational Services (1)


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Alumni; Athletics (3)
Kent State watch parties scheduled for GoDaddy.com Bowl 01/07/2013 Plain Dealer Text Attachment Email

Kent community celebrates KSU's bowl appearance (Vincent) 01/07/2013 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

Flashes Prep for 1st Bowl Game in 40 Years 01/07/2013 Fox 8 Morning News - WJW-TV Text Attachment Email


Athletics (47)
Kent State kicker April Goss' GoDaddy.com Bowl blog: Football mixed with fun in Mobile 01/07/2013 Plain Dealer Text Attachment Email

Kent State bowl notebook: Former MAC commissioner Karl Benson enjoying success 01/07/2013 Plain Dealer Text Attachment Email

Kent State rushers Dri Archer, Trayion Durham look to build on success after GoDaddy.com (Haynes) 01/07/2013 Plain Dealer Text Attachment Email

Kent State kicker April Goss' GoDaddy.com Bowl journal: A bittersweet time as practices end 01/07/2013 Plain Dealer Text Attachment Email

Kent State kicker April Goss' GoDaddy.com Bowl journal: A battleship tour, a parade and a lot of game preparation 01/07/2013 Plain Dealer Text Attachment Email

Kent State players pick up some nice rewards: GoDaddy.com Bowl Insider 01/07/2013 Plain Dealer Text Attachment Email

Kent State Golden Flashes prepared for hurry-up attack in GoDaddy.com Bowl (Hazell) 01/07/2013 Plain Dealer Text Attachment Email

New Kent State coach Paul Haynes will retain at least two assistants: GoDaddy.com Bowl Insider 01/07/2013 Plain Dealer Text Attachment Email

Kent State falls to Arkansas State, 17-13, in GoDaddy.com Bowl (Hazell) 01/07/2013 Plain Dealer Text Attachment Email

KSU football: Guided imagery helps shape Flashes into winners with an ironic twist 01/07/2013 Akron Beacon Journal, The Text Attachment Email

Marla Ridenour: Belief, luck, coaching alums come together in Year of the Golden Flashes (Page, Nielsen, Stricklin) 01/07/2013 Akron Beacon Journal, The Text Attachment Email

Special helmets inspire Kent State players at GoDaddy.com Bowl (Hazell) 01/07/2013 Akron Beacon Journal, The Text Attachment Email

Kent State notebook: New coach Paul Haynes gets set to take over Flashes program (Haynes, Hazell) 01/07/2013 Akron Beacon Journal, The Text Attachment Email

Arkansas State 17, Kent State 13: Flashes fall short in bowl game without injured Dri Archer on last drive (Hazell) 01/07/2013 Akron Beacon Journal, The Text Attachment Email

Steubenville football sex charges spur city response (Vincent) 01/07/2013 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

OUR VIEW Win or lose, a proud moment for Kent State 01/07/2013 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

Senderoff to speak at KACC luncheon 01/07/2013 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

Focused Flashes prepare for game, goodbyes (Hazell) 01/07/2013 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

Watching from the sideline has not been easy for Kent State's Goode 01/07/2013 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

Moff's Memoirs from Mobile: Hazell responds to interesting questions 01/07/2013 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

Moff's Memoirs from Mobile: USS Alabama Battleship tour steals spotlight 01/07/2013 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

Flashes set to put finishing touches on historical season tonight in GoDaddy.com Bowl (Hazell) 01/07/2013 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

New Kent State football coach Paul Haynes aims to keep stability in coaching staff (Haynes) 01/07/2013 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

Kent State fans soak up bowl experience in Mobile for GoDaddy.com Bowl (Lefton) 01/07/2013 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

Golden Flashes put the 'Golden' in helmets for first bowl game in four decades (Hazell) 01/07/2013 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

Kent State Golden Flashes come up short in GoDaddy.com Bowl loss to Arkansas State (Hazell) 01/07/2013 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

Kent State falls to Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl 01/07/2013 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

2 Roosevelt Grads Suit up for Kent State in GoDaddy.com Bowl 01/07/2013 Kent Patch Text Attachment Email

Kent State QB is Arkansas Native, Faces Arkansas State in Sunday's Bowl Game 01/07/2013 Kent Patch Text Attachment Email

Steubenville Rape Case Puts Spotlight on Teen Accepted to Kent State (Mansfield) 01/07/2013 Kent Patch Text Attachment Email

Kent State Falls to Arkansas State 17-13 in GoDaddy.com Bowl 01/07/2013 Kent Patch Text Attachment Email

Kent State University reviewing incoming freshman student's involvement in Steubenville rape case (Mansfield) 01/07/2013 WEWS-TV Text Attachment Email

Arkansas State beats Kent State in GoDaddy.com Bowl (Hazell) 01/07/2013 WEWS-TV Text Attachment Email

KSU Falls to Arkansas in GoDaddy.com Bowl 01/07/2013 Fox 8 Morning News - WJW-TV Text Attachment Email

Kent State challenges Arkansas State in GoDaddy.com Bowl (Hazell) 01/07/2013 Fox News Channel Text Attachment Email

(VIDEO) Kent State unveils strange helmets (PHOTOS) (Hazell, Nielsen) 01/07/2013 USA Today Text Attachment Email

ASU tops No. 25 Kent St. 17-13 in GoDaddy.com Bowl 01/07/2013 Sports Illustrated Text Attachment Email

(VIDEO) Arkansas St. gets first bowl win since joining FBS in 1992 01/07/2013 ESPN Text Attachment Email

'Eyes' are watching you 01/07/2013 al.com Text Attachment Email

Servicemen's heroism links Kent State football and Mobile (Nielsen) 01/07/2013 al.com Text Attachment Email

April Goss excited about her first road trip with Kent State team (Hazell) 01/07/2013 al.com Text Attachment Email

GoDaddy.com Bowl to provide historic first for Arkansas State or Kent State (Hazell) 01/07/2013 al.com Text Attachment Email

Arkansas State stops Kent State for 17-13 victory in GoDaddy.com Bowl (with photo gallery) 01/07/2013 al.com Text Attachment Email

(VIDEO) Kent State takes on Arkansas State in GoDaddy.com Bowl (Mansfield, Hazell) 01/07/2013 WKYC-TV Text Attachment Email

ASU tops No. 25 Kent St. 17-13 in GoDaddy.com Bowl 01/07/2013 WKYC-TV Text Attachment Email

(VIDEO) Kent State, Arkansas State Players and Coaches Meet for Luncheon (Sokany) 01/07/2013 Local 15 News at 10 PM - WPMI-TV Text Attachment Email

(AUDIO) Kent State football ends season with bowl loss (Hazell) 01/07/2013 WKSU-FM Text Attachment Email


Collaboration; College of Applied Eng, Sustainability and Tech (1)
KSU, NEOMED scientists collaborate on program (McGimpsey, Malcuit, Kim) 01/05/2013 Vindicator - Online Text Attachment Email

A team of scientists from Kent State University and Northeast Ohio Medical University has begun collaboration on the development of a macrophage targeted mesenchymal...


Enrollment; Human Resources; University Conference Bureau (1)
ALONG THE WAY: KSU still tops in Northeast Ohio 01/06/2013 Record-Courier - Online Text Attachment Email

Kent State University continues to be the largest university in Northeastern Ohio in terms of enrollment, according to the annual Book of Lists, published...


Hillel; Quality Initiatives and Curriculum, Office of (2)
Day of community service to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 01/04/2013 Akron Beacon Journal, The Text Email

Jan. 04--Hillel at Kent State University and the university's Office of Quality Initiatives and Curriculum are organizing a day of community service to commemorate Martin...

Day of community service to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 01/04/2013 Individual.com Text Attachment Email

Hillel at Kent State University and the university's Office of Quality Initiatives and Curriculum are organizing a day of community service to commemorate Martin...


Hotel and Conference Center; Town-Gown (1)
Kent State Hotel Rooms, Banquet Center in Demand (Lefton) 01/07/2013 Kent Patch Text Attachment Email


Journalism and Mass Communications (1)
(AUDIO) Ohio Rape Allegations Spread Through Social Media (Leach) 01/07/2013 NPR Text Attachment Email


Journalism and Mass Communications; Students (1)
Kent State Journalism Student is News21 Fellow (Wasbotten) 01/04/2013 Kent Patch Text Attachment Email

Daniel Moore earns prestigious fellowship Daniel Moore, a junior majoring in newspaper journalism at Kent State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC), has been awarded the prestigious News21 Fellowship. Moore is the first...


KSU at Stark (1)
Kent State University at Stark Theatre announces Open Auditions for 'Voices from Hurt Street' 01/04/2013 North Canton Patch Text Attachment Email

Kent State University at Stark Theatre has announced open auditions for the original theatrical production, Voices from Hurt Street. Written by...


Marketing and Entrepreneurship (1)
Library starts year with business programs for entrepreneurs, students 01/06/2013 Hudson Hub-Times - Online Text Attachment Email

...on Jan. 28, will be "Driving Change in Stable Organizations" with Dr. Susan C. Hanlon, assistant dean of the College of Business Administration at The University of Akron. "Financing for a Small Business" will be offered Feb. 11, with PNC's Business Banking Officer Jon Novak. "Value added IP:...


Office of the President (1)
8 Kent State Employees Honored with President's Excellence Awards 01/05/2013 Kent Patch Text Attachment Email

2012 award includes $1,000 bonus Kent State University President Lester Lefton honored eight of the university's employees with the 2012 President's Excellence Awards. The award,...


Psychology (1)
Jazz trio performs Jan. 6 at Hudson library 01/06/2013 Hudson Hub-Times - Online Text Attachment Email

...children experiencing symptoms of anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder. Dr. Flessner is an assistant professor in the department of psychology at Kent State University and director of the Child Anxiety Research (CARe) Program. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University...


Recreational Services (1)
Kent renews contract with canoe livery at city park 01/06/2013 Record-Courier - Online Text Attachment Email

...operating livery on the Cuyahoga River this summer. Kent City Council voted unanimously in committee to renew a contract with Crooked River Adventures, the Kent State University-sponsored canoe and kayak livery that has operated in John Brown Tannery Park for the last three years. Under the new lease,...


News Headline: Kent State watch parties scheduled for GoDaddy.com Bowl | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/07/2013
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News OCR Text: The Kent State Golden Flashes football team will take on Arkansas State on Sunday, Jan. 6, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.

The Kent State University Alumni Association will host game watch parties in Ohio and throughout the country in areas with larger populations of Kent State alumni, including Denver, Pasadena, Calif., Charlotte, N.C. and Raleigh, N.C.

Venues could change or be added, so click here for more information.

Northeast Ohio watch parties:

Canton: 8:15 p.m., Jerzee's All American Bar & Grille, 2531 Fulton Road NW, Canton

Dayton: 8 p.m., Buffalo Wild Wings, 2082 Alex Bell Road, West Carrolton

Lakewood: 8 p.m., Around the Corner, 18616 Detroit Ave., Cleveland

Mayfield Heights: 8 p.m., The Boneyard, 5900 Mayfield Road, Cleveland

Middlefield: 8:30 p.m., El Patron Restaurant, 15585 W. High St., Middlefield

Warrensville Heights: 8 p.m., Buffalo Wild Wings, 26200 Harvard Road, Warrensville Heights

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News Headline: Kent community celebrates KSU's bowl appearance (Vincent) | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/07/2013
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News OCR Text: Kent State University football fans and Kent residents have a good reason to be excited about Sunday's Godaddy.com Bowl match-up with Arkansas State University: Many of them were not alive the last time the school played in a bowl game.

The Golden Flashes have not taken the field in a bowl since legendary coach Don James guided a talented KSU team that included future NFL Hall of Fame inductee Jack Lambert to the 1972 Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Fla. The leadoff to the bowl's kickoff at 9 p.m. in Mobile, Ala. has given fans, the university and local businesses a reason to celebrate.

Excitement for the game has been good for business at Kent's Campus Book & Supply, where popular items include t-shirts celebrating the team's Mid-American Conference East championship and GoDaddy.com Bowl appearance.

"(Customers) will get a shirt and then a bumper sticker or something to supplement it," said assistant manager Lindsay Nagy. "It's helped put Kent State's name out there a little more."

In downtown Kent, the staff at the Water Street Tavern expect a packed house to turn out for KSU Alumni Association's official watch party. The doors open at 6 p.m. and drink specials will be available until kickoff.

"We expect it to get fairly busy pretty quickly," said manager Robert Finch. "It will just be a lively game atmosphere."

While some businesses encourage school spirit with T-shirts and drink specials, international manufacturer Ametek, located at the corner of East Erie Street and South Water Street, has been flying flags featuring the Golden Flashes' logo, in place of flags representing the countries where the firm conducts business, since Dec. 19.

Blue and gold ensembles will flash through the country as Kent State University alumni swarm to watch parties hosted by the KSU Alumni Association to cheer on their college alma mater's football team as they play the Red Wolves.

"We're just looking forward to a great bowl game," said Emily Vincent, director of university media relations. "It gives our students, alums and the Kent community an opportunity to gather together and cheer on the Golden Flashes."

The Alumni Association is hosting seven watch parties in Ohio, and out-of-state parties in California, Colorado, Illinois and North Carolina.

"The watch parties are being held in areas where there is a lot of alumni involvement and participation," Vincent said. "So we expect a good turnout at those organized events."

Ohio locations for the GoDaddy.com Bowl watch parties include:

Canton: 8:15 p.m., Jerzee's All American Bar & Grille, 2531 Fulton Road

Dayton: 8 p.m., Buffalo Wild Wings, 2082 Alex Bell Road, West Carrolton

Lakewood: 8 p.m., Around the Corner, 18616 Detroit Ave., Cleveland

Mayfield Heights: 8 p.m., The Boneyard, 5900 Mayfield Road, Cleveland

Middlefield: 8:30 p.m., El Patron Restaurant, 15585 W. High St.

Warrensville Heights: 8 p.m., Buffalo Wild Wings, 26200 Harvard Road

Sunday's game will mark KSU's third appearance in a bowl game, following losses in the Tangerine Bowl and the 1954 Refrigerator Bowl.

"It's been 40 years since Kent State has been in a bowl game," Vincent said. "For our alums, it's been a long time coming."

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News Headline: Flashes Prep for 1st Bowl Game in 40 Years | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/07/2013
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News OCR Text: MOBILE, Alabama — After several days of training in Alabama, the Kent State Golden Flashes will take on Arkansas State Sunday night in its first bowl appearance in 40 years.

After winning a program record 11 games, the Flashes will take to the field at Ladd-Peebles Stadium at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

The Flashes have a pair of players who headline that aspect of its offensive attack. Junior running back Dri Archer is No. 27 in the nation in rushing, averaging 104 yards per game, and sophomore teammate Trayion Durham is ranked No. 37 in rushing, providing an average of 96 yards per game, according to a release from GoDaddy.com.

Arkansas State senior quarterback Ryan Aplin leads the Red Wolves' offense, which ranks No. 17 in the country in total offense, according to NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision statistics. Aplin is the trigger for the ASU offensive attack, ranking No. 31 in the country in passing and No. 32 in passing yards (260.75) per game.

It will be the third bowl appearance for the Golden Flashes, which played in the Refrigerator Bowl in 1954 and the Tangerine Bowl in 1972.

Coach Darrell Hazell is leaving Kent State University to take over as head football coach at Purdue University. But he will coach Sunday's GoDaddy.com game.

The Kent State University Alumni Organization has scheduled several watch parties for Sunday night's game:

- Canton: 8:15 p.m., Jerzee's All American Bar & Grille, 2531 Fulton Road NW, Canton, OH 44718
- Dayton: 8 p.m., Buffalo Wild Wings, 2082 Alex Bell Road, West Carrolton, OH 45449
- Lakewood: 8 p.m., Around the Corner, 18616 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44107
- Mayfield Heights: 8 p.m., The Boneyard, 5900 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, OH 44124
- Middlefield: 8:30 p.m., El Patron Restaurant, 15585 W. High St., Middlefield, OH 44062
- Warrensville Heights: 8 p.m., Buffalo Wild Wings, 26200 Harvard Road, Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44122

For more on the Golden Flashes, click here.
http://fox8.com/2013/01/06/flashes-prep-for-1st-bowl-game-in-40-years/

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News Headline: Kent State kicker April Goss' GoDaddy.com Bowl blog: Football mixed with fun in Mobile | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/07/2013
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News OCR Text: Editor's note: April Goss, a freshman walk-on kicker on the Kent State football team, is sharing her experiences as she travels with her Golden Flashes teammates to the GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile, Ala. You can follow her journal each day in The Plain Dealer and here on cleveland.com

Second day in Mobile (Thursday) and an absolute success. This truly is an amazing treat to our successful season and a win on Sunday would be the cherry on top. Coach Hazell reminded us of something today, we have the opportunity to be one of only a handful of teams, including teams like Oregon, Alabama, and Northern Illinois, to have 12 wins in a season. This game means everything. This is an opportunity for us to have the biggest victory of not only our season, but also our entire career so far under our belts. We owe it to our fans and ourselves to win this game.

The day started off right, with a great practice at the University of South Alabama Practice Facility. The air was cold and the people of Mobile said this was the dead of winter here. But for 40 degree weather, I'll still take that compared to the temperature currently in Ohio. It was our last long practice for the week and we made sure to cover everything we needed to ensure our success.

We had a bit of downtime and some players got the opportunity to visit the South Alabama Children's and Women's Hospital. They got the chance to hand out presents and put a smile on the face of someone who was battling so much. This week has given us so many opportunities to be able to reach out to someone else to do what we can to help.

We capped off the night by visiting the Mobile Civic Center to watch Thom Kaz hypnotize players from both Kent and Arkansas State. Some of the guys to participate were Dana Brown, Joe Ziccardi, Freddy Cortez, Kent Cleveland and Rosie Nix. Man, did they make fools of themselves. We all enjoyed ourselves very much.

It is so great to be able to unwind every day after practice and enjoy ourselves, but we still keep in mind before we go to bed every night the main reason why we are here, to come home with a victory.

-- April Goss

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News Headline: Kent State bowl notebook: Former MAC commissioner Karl Benson enjoying success | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/07/2013
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News OCR Text: MOBILE, Ala.— Sitting in the back of the news conference featuring the head coaches for the GoDaddy.com Bowl, smiling broadly, was former Mid-American Conference Commissioner Karl Benson. He is now the commissioner for the Sun Belt Conference, which is where No.¤25 Kent State's opponent, Arkansas State resides.

“Yea, I'm awfully proud to be sitting here watching this,” Benson said. “I'm proud for the MAC, and I am proud for the Sun Belt.

“My first MAC bowl as commissioner, I watched Central Michigan play San Jose State. My first bowl game as Sun Belt commissioner was a few weeks ago, and I watched Central Michigan play Western Kentucky [in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl].

“This will be the third bowl game this year between the MAC and the Sun Belt, but I think this is the hallmark game of all of them.” 

Player to watch: Arkansas State freshman receiver J.D. McKissic has caught 92 passes for the Red Wolves, more than any freshman in conference history. McKissic needs three receptions Sunday night to set Arkansas State's single-season record.

If Kent can hold McKissic to just three catches, that would be a job well done — considering he has caught at least four passes in every game this season. In Arkansas State's past four games, he has 42 receptions.

For the season, McKissic has 909 yards and four touchdowns and was named the Sun Belt's Freshman of the Year.

In the house:Kent State President Lester Lefton and six members of the KSU Board of Trustees were in attendance at the afternoon luncheon to officially welcome both teams to Mobile.

The biggest smiles were where Paul Haynes, Kent State's head coach in waiting, sat. Kent officials said at least 35 of Haynes' former teammates at Kent have purchased tickets for Sunday's game.

Sitting at Haynes' table, along with his wife and three children, were former teammates Kevin Harris, now living in Atlanta, and Brian Dusho, now splitting residence time in Boise, Idaho, and Montreal.

Dusho, a former wide receiver, flashed pictures of his son, Aidan, a competitive high school skier, “who wears some of his Kent State gear to school every day in Boise: a sweatshirt, a T-shirt, a hat, something. We are all pretty proud.”

On a roll: When it comes to playing Sun Belt conference teams in bowl games, the Mid-American Conference is finding success. Northern Illinois defeated Arkansas State in last year's GoDaddy.com Bowl. That makes the Sun Belt 0-3 in Mobile vs. the MAC. Overall, MAC teams have an 8-3 record here.

If not for the Sun Belt, the MAC would be winless this bowl season. The MAC and Sun Belt have gone head-to-head twice, with Central Michigan defeating Western Kentucky, 24-21, and Ohio defeating Louisiana-Monroe, 45-14, in the Independence Bowl. The MAC is 0-4 in its other bowl games. 

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News Headline: Kent State rushers Dri Archer, Trayion Durham look to build on success after GoDaddy.com (Haynes) | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/07/2013
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News OCR Text: MOBILE, Ala. -- Kent State junior tailback Dri Archer is waiting to hear from the NFL about his potential status in the 2013 draft. Kent sophomore tailback Trayion Durham has yet to publicly backtrack from Twitter statements he was looking to transfer after coach Darrell Hazell said he was leaving for Purdue.

But as the clock winds down toward No. 25 Kent State's GoDaddy.com Bowl appearance Sunday night against Arkansas State, both players talked about what a second season together in 2013 would be like as Golden Flashes, not about an end to what has been the best season in Kent State football history.

"We could be a lot better now that we have a year under our belt," Archer said. "We know how to play off [of] each other and have another year to get better."

Archer is an All-American this season and following the bowl game will be fitted for a tux and off to New York to be honored by the Walter Camp Foundation.

Archer has 1,352 yards rushing and 15 rushing touchdowns, 538 yards receiving and four touchdowns, and 569 return yards with three kickoff returns for touchdowns. Of his 202 touches, he had 70 plays of 10 yards or more, including 39 plays covering 20 yards or more.

Archer is awaiting information from the NFL on where he could potentially be drafted. At 5-8, 165 pounds, his value in the NFL would only be as a kick returner, as he does not return punts. However, the NFL is talking about eliminating kickoff returns, which would diminish Archer's value.

Durham was equally enthusiastic about his vision for next season.

"I feel like we're just getting started," he said. "We put on a show this year. Next year, it's going to be something different."

Durham has 1,248 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns, averaging 4.9 yards per carry. His value, however, can't be overstated as the 6-1, 250-pound sophomore carries the bulk of the rushing load, saving wear and tear on Archer.

"I wear down the defense, and then Dri runs right past them," said Durham, the starting tailback. "I open and I close. And I love closing."

Key for Kent has been both players putting up big numbers in the same game. In nearly every game that Durham rushed for 100 or more yards, Archer topped him. In the six games Durham failed to rush for 100 yards, Archer rushed for 100 only once. In the six games Durham topped 100 yards, Archer rushed for more than 100 in four of them, and in three of those he rushed for 150 or more yards.

"More and more as the year went on, we fed off each other's energy," Archer said. "That makes the game easier for us."

New Kent head coach Paul Haynes said recently he has spoken to Archer and Durham about their importance to the offense for next season, and the fact Kent's offense will not change on his watch. He has yet to hear if both will be back.

"I do like big backs, but I also like a balance," Haynes, the former defensive coordinator at Ohio State and Arkansas, said recently. "At Ohio State, we always had two guys -- a big and a small -- to share the wear and tear. Now, a [defensive] coach has to prepare for two types of guys. I like that. Darrell [Hazell] used [Durham and Archer] the same way we used guys like them at Ohio State.

"We never had one back to just take the load. Those two guys are too valuable to be on the sidelines. Pound the ball, and play-action, which is what they have done and why they have been successful, and they didn't turn it over. We will continue to do that."

So until further notice, it would appear Thunder and Lightning will continue to rumble at Kent State. 

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News Headline: Kent State kicker April Goss' GoDaddy.com Bowl journal: A bittersweet time as practices end | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/07/2013
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News OCR Text: Editor's note:April Goss, a freshman walk-on kicker on the Kent State football team, is sharing her experiences as she travels with her Golden Flashes teammates to the GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile, Ala. You can follow her journal in The Plain Dealer and here at cleveland.com/sports.

Friday was another great day here in Mobile, Ala. The temperature started to warm up and of course the sun was shining bright over our practice field. These last bowl practices, during special teams drills, I have had a chance to kick PATs and short field goals under pressure. I have made my share, but had one today bounce high off the upright. But that is what practice is for.

The main focus of the day was that this was our very last practice of the season. It is all so bittersweet. It is amazing to know that we are ending this spectacular season on a high note; I mean how many other teams had the chance to be able to play in January. But it is still saddening because this is the last practice with all the seniors and of course, Coach Hazell.

We got the opportunity to go to a luncheon with the Mayor of Mobile and hear some pretty awesome people speak, especially Larry the Cable Guy, and our KSU president, Dr. Lester Lefton. It was great to be able to relax and unwind.

We had a lot of downtime today, which was great. I caught up on my sleep, in what I personally have to say is the comfiest hotel bed I have ever slept in. The perks of being the only girl on the team, a room all to myself with a king-size bed. I can't say I'm complaining. Some of the guys went downtown to get a taste of the seafood. I told them to bring me their leftovers, but who am I kidding. When you're a football player there is no such thing as leftovers.

It is hard for me to describe just how truly grateful I am for these men in my life. They have done so much for me, even from simply just giving me a chance and believing in me. Just that means more than they will ever know. I am proud to say I was able to play football with these men, and I know that they will be successful in every walk of life.

It will be hard to say goodbye to the people that have made this team the family that it has become, but they will always know that they will always remain a Golden Flash in their hearts and our hearts forever.

-- April Goss

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News Headline: Kent State kicker April Goss' GoDaddy.com Bowl journal: A battleship tour, a parade and a lot of game preparation | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/07/2013
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News OCR Text: Editor's note:April Goss, a freshman walk-on kicker on the Kent State football team, is sharing her experiences as she travels with her Golden Flashes teammates to the GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile, Ala. You can follow her journal in The Plain Dealer and here at cleveland.com/sports

Saturday, here in Mobile, was by far the best day we have had here. We started off the day by visiting the USS Alabama, which was an actual battleship during World War II. It was a humbling experience, especially coming from a family with such a rich military background. We had a blast, taking pictures and climbing inside the chambers of the ship. And as tough as these guys are some of them were getting a little claustrophobic and scared of the heights. I pick on them when I can.

-- April Goss

We also got to go downtown to celebrate with the Mardi Gras parade, where the parade actually originated. It was amazing to see the rich history the city of Mobile truly has. Danica Patrick was the grand marshal of the parade and it was great to see her represent this bowl game, especially being a NASCAR driver. Being a girl in a man's world is something I can relate. It was awesome to see our marching band perform and even some bands from local high schools. We were thrown beads and moon pies, Tim Erjavec, a tight-end, ate about 12 of them, don't know where he puts it. Some floats even threw out stuffed animals, some of the guys got to go home with someone special ... teddy bears.

But even though this week has been absolutely amazing, and we had such a great time so far, we all know the real fun with come tomorrow night under the lights at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

We have been preparing all week physically, during practice, but today was about the mental part. We went over our special teams reminders at the stadium and broke up into offensive and defensive meetings at the hotel. At the end of the night, Coach Hazell talked to us about the meaning of this game and we watched an overview of our entire season. We have had such a great season so far, doing things people didn't think possible, breaking records and exceeding expectations. And yet, we are blessed with one more opportunity to give it our all, to leave everything on that field. For some of the seniors, this will be their last game ever and there is no better way to go out than on a win.

Sunday we have the chance to become champions.

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News Headline: Kent State players pick up some nice rewards: GoDaddy.com Bowl Insider | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/07/2013
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News OCR Text: Mobile, Ala. -- The spoils of victory actually come at the bowl games. For Kent State and Arkansas State players in the GoDaddy.com Bowl, the swag was pretty decent.

Kent players were given new traveling sweats before leaving Kent for the southern shores of Alabama. Since arriving, they have picked up a watch, a set of Soul Republic headphones with the Kent logo, a leather garment bag and a commemorative football.

By NCAA rules, players and cheerleaders are not to receive bowl gifts collectively valued at more than $550. Players in Monday's BCS National Championship Game will be allowed to shop at a "gift suite," where items from watches to electronics are available.

Not so Goode: One Kent State player not in uniform but on the trip is senior receiver Tyshon Goode. Kent's most veteran pass catcher and quarterback Spencer Keith's favorite target entering the season, Goode suffered a pulled hamstring in preseason camp and never played a game. He had surgery in October and expects to be back next season.

"When it first happened and we started winning games, it was tough for me, but I believe in faith and that everything happens for a reason," Goode said during Kent's final tune-up for the bowl game. "I'm excited to be down here and sharing the experience with my teammates. But, yeah, it's hard. Of course, I want to be out there."

It was initially thought rest would heal the injury, but when that didn't work, Goode had an MRI exam, which revealed serious damage.

"When the MRI came back, it showed it [the hamstring] had came off the bone," Goode said. "A couple of tendons weren't attached."

The surgery that followed marked the end of his season, but a medical redshirt opens the door for his return next season. On the move? While outgoing coach Darrell Hazell and incoming head coach Paul Haynes said they've spoken to each other about KSU assistants either staying at Kent or departing for Purdue with Hazell, neither has made any official announcements.

However, published reports have defensive coordinator Jon Heacock, linebackers coach Marcus Freeman, strength-and-conditioning coach Doug Davis, running backs coach Jafar Williams and Director of Football Operations Tommy Cook departing for Purdue, although not all in the same positions. Of the remaining Kent assistants, it appears offensive coordinator Brian Rock will remain on board, with several others likely to stay as well.

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News Headline: Kent State Golden Flashes prepared for hurry-up attack in GoDaddy.com Bowl (Hazell) | Attachment Email

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News OCR Text: MOBILE, Ala. -- Early in the season, watching now No. 25 Kent State (11-2) match up with Arkansas State (9-3) would have come with some nail-biting, particularly defensively. KSU's defense was -- and still remains -- one of the best in the country at creating turnovers, but the Golden Flashes struggled early in containing teams with hurry-up offenses.

While nobody is saying Kent completely solved the problem, the Flashes have, at the very least, become adept at containing those teams, as the Flashes get ready for their first bowl game in 40 years, Sunday's GoDaddy.com Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

The Red Wolves present another hurry-up challenge as the Sun Belt Conference champs, averaging an impressive 481.8 yards per game, and they do it running (217.4 yards per game) and passing (264.4).

While the ground attack can't be ignored, the catalyst -- and Kent's nemesis -- will be Arkansas State quarterback Ryan Alpin. He only threw four interceptions this season and was sacked just 13 times. Kent's defense will have to dent one or both of those categories to help the Flashes earn the first bowl victory in school history.

"We changed some of our drills, working on pass rushes to refine our skills a little bit," said Kent senior linebacker C.J. Malauulu. "We're just going to keep coming and coming and coming."

Kent defensive lineman Roosevelt Nix -- and coach Darrell Hazell -- said one key is that the Red Wolves' offense is much like that of Northern Illinois, a team that defeated Kent in the MAC title game Nov. 30, 44-37, in double overtime.

"Pretty much the same only [Alpin, 3,129 yards passing and 23 touchdowns] is more of a thrower, while [NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch] was more of a runner," Nix said.

The Huskies rolled up 524 yards against Kent State, including 312 on the ground, which means the Red Wolves will certainly test the Golden Flashes in the defensive trenches. But the fact that the NIU experience is relatively fresh -- and the sting of defeat is still lingering -- Hazell feels his team will be up to the challenge.

"Schematically, they're like Northern Illinois, so I think that will help us [against the run]," he said. "The passing game, they get the ball out of their hands pretty quickly, so we have to be prepared with good coverage in the secondary and for our linemen to have their hands up."

Kent State picked off 23 passes and forced 15 fumbles on the season to go with 33 sacks.

As usual, the opposition will focus on containing Kent's consensus All-American, 5-8, 175-pound junior slotback Dri Archer, who led Kent in scoring this season with 23 touchdowns (15 rushing, four receiving, one passing and three on kick returns).

But Kent's focus will be elsewhere. Its offense operates best when power back Trayion Durham has a big game. In four of the six games Durham (1,248 yards) rushed for 100 or more yards, Archer (1,352 yards) rushed for more than 100 as well -- and twice for more than 200. In the six games Durham failed to gain 100 yards, Archer failed to tally 100 in four of them.

"Our workhorse is Tray," Hazell said. "We have to get him going first."

From there, the game for Kent settles into the hands of senior quarterback Spencer Keith. "Game manager" has become his moniker this season, as Hazell said Keith has checked the Flashes into at least a dozen touchdowns. And while he was only called upon once to direct the two-minute offense for a victory, against Ball State, he did so flawlessly: 15 plays for 86 yards in the final 1:59 to set up a winning 25-yard field goal with six seconds to spare.

"This has been a pretty mature group all season," Hazell said. "Our last practice was our best practice, especially for the offense. I think they're ready for the challenge."

GoDaddy.com Bowl

No. 25 Kent State vs. Arkansas State

Kickoff: 9 p.m. Monday, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala.

TV/radio: ESPN; WHLO AM/640.

Latest line: Arkansas State by 4.

Notable: It has been 37 days since Kent State (11-2) played a game. The time off allowed many players to heal some nagging injuries, but we'll find out tonight if KSU lost its edge. Offensively, the game is a contrast in styles as Kent will rely on its run game and time of possession, while Arkansas State (9-3) is a fast-paced outfit (481.8 yards per game) that likes to throw, and wants to get off as many plays as possible.

Elton Alexander's pick: Kent State, 33-30.

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News Headline: New Kent State coach Paul Haynes will retain at least two assistants: GoDaddy.com Bowl Insider | Attachment Email

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News OCR Text: MOBILE, Ala. -- Incoming Kent State head coach Paul Haynes said before the GoDaddy.com Bowl at least two current KSU coaches -- offensive coordinator Brian Rock and defensive line coach Brian George -- will be retained on a staff he expects to finalize by the end of next week. The biggest plus is retaining Rock.

Haynes said he believed knowing there will be some stability would help ease the minds of the players.

The first order of business for the new staff will be recruiting, and on that front he said there could be some transfers on the way. Still, the first order of business is locking in the early commitments. He also said Ohio will be the initial target area for Kent recruits.

Mello Yello: Kent State unveiled their bowl helmets, complete with a different logo jointly designed by outgoing Kent coach Darrell Hazell and outgoing assistant athletic director Tom Kleinlein. Credit Hazell with the "K" on the back of the helmet and Kleinlein, now the AD at Georgia Southern, with the "eyes" on the front.

It was Hazell who promised his team they would switch to gold helmets when the team played in a bowl game. Since the end of the season they have practiced in all gold helmets, but the logos were not applied until the night before the game.

One more year: While Kent State slotback Dri Archer will make his decision soon about returning for 2013, or going to the NFL, at least one teammate believes Archer is leaning toward wearing blue and gold once again.

"Dri should come back," injured receiver Tyshon Goode said. "I didn't see any indications of him entering the draft. I'm pretty sure he wants to graduate. Me and him talked about that, he wanted to get his diploma. No rush."

While his teammates obviously hope he stays, junior defensive lineman Roosevelt Nix said they've pretty much left him alone while Archer weighs the decision.

"Dri is Dri; he's a great athlete. I'm sure if he decides to come back he'll dominate like he did, and he'll be successful if he makes the decision to leave," Nix said. "He's a man, and he's got to make the best decision for himself and his family. It's obviously a big decision."

Haynes said he will speak to Archer about his future after the bowl game.

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News Headline: Kent State falls to Arkansas State, 17-13, in GoDaddy.com Bowl (Hazell) | Attachment Email

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News OCR Text: MOBILE, Ala. -- Kent State came up just short of a spectacular finish and suffered a 17-13 loss to Arkansas State on Sunday night in the GoDaddy.com Bowl in Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

Facing a fourth-and-8 at the Arkansas State 25 with 1:00 left, quarterback Spencer Keith tried to run for a first down but was stopped three yards short to bring the Darrell Hazell era to end at Kent State. Hazell is leaving to coach at Purdue, and his replacement, Paul Haynes, was at the game.

"I saw an opening and thought I could break that last tackle," Keith said. "I saw a huge opening and started running. I saw the backer and thought I could get by him, but he got me by the shoestrings."

The third bowl game in KSU history, and first in 40 years, was played before 37,913 fans. The Red Wolves got just enough offense from its quick tempo offense to beat the Golden Flashes (11-3), who played much of the fourth quarter without speedster Dri Archer, who left the game with an apparent knee injury.

"It was a disappointing ending for us," Hazell said. "I thought Arkansas State did an excellent job keeping us off balance with their hurry-up. Obviously we didn't do enough in the red zone, and we had to settle for some field goals."

Kent held ASU to its lowest offensive output (285 yards) for the season, while generating 350 yards of its own, including 193 on the ground. But just could not get in the end zone enough.

Kent State held the Red Wolves (10-3) on their first possession, then immediately marched to the Arkansas State 1 behind runs of 14 yards from Trayion Durham and 32 yards from freshman Julian Durden. But the drive ended when Keith's third-down pass was tipped and intercepted in the end zone.

Kent's defense again forced a punt, with Kent's offense taking over at its 6. The Flashes now tried to feature Archer, but the Red Wolves were prepared for the Kent speedster and forced a KSU punt that ended a scoreless first quarter. The Red Wolves still could not solve Kent's defense, which forced a three-and-out, giving the Flashes the ball back at the KSU 34.

Kent State went back to Archer, who produced a 44-yard run to get into Arkansas State territory. Archer then took a reverse for 16 yards and a touchdown for a 7-0 lead with 12:10 to play in the second quarter. It came with a cost, however, as receiver Matt Hurdle was whistled for a personal foul after the play, then called for unsportsmanlike conduct for taking his helmet off on the field.

As a result, Kent had to kick from its 10. Arkansas State took the kick at its own 28 and returned it to Kent's 39. But Kent's defense was now seething. A Dana Brown sack on the first play was good for a 9-yard loss, then another stop in the backfield for a loss of 2 yards led to third-and-21. Another stop for no gain led to yet another ASU punt.

Kent's offense stalled, but after the punt Arkansas State went to its quick-step offense and put the Golden Flashes on their heels. The Red Wolves went 60 yards in nine plays on the giddy-up, often snapping the ball before KSU defenders were in position. And when it appeared Kent might have forced a fumble after a first-down reception, ASU snapped the ball before replay officials could signal a stop.

Kent was tied at 7 with 5:40 to go before halftime. After a short kickoff Kent started on its 35. Durham gained 9 on first down. But an offside penalty then two more runs left Kent facing a fourth-and-1. The Flashes opted to punt, but ASU's offense was now in quick rhythm.

Once again they went on the move, at one point getting an easy five yards when Kent couldn't get enough men off the field. Then with 1:13 to play ASU quarterback Ryan Alpin scrambled and found his favorite receiver, J.D. McKissic, for a 31-yard touchdown to give the Red Wolves their first lead, 14-7.

The Flashes responded with a short drive and a 42-yard Freddy Cortez field goal to cut ASU's lead to 14-10 at halftime. But the template for this game was now set.

A Kent State defense that was stellar the first 25 minutes became a gassed unit playing against Arkansas State's quick tempo offense. By halftime the Golden Flashes were not only gasping, but staring at a 14-10 deficit. A Kent defense that allowed ASU just 30 yards the first 25 minutes gave up 148 the last five minutes of the half.

If Kent was going to pull this game out, the defense could not wilt again.

Kent immediately went out of character to start the second half, trying to throw the ball with poor results. ASU returned Kent's punt to its own 45, but the Flashes appeared set to stop the Red Wolves on a third-and-8 but instead were called for pass interference, keeping the drive alive. Seven plays later, Arkansas State kicked a 25-yard field goal to take a 17-10 lead with 8:35 to play in the third quarter.

Kent answered with a long drive that featured the bull runs from Durham, and a 15-yard screen pass to Durham as well. But once in the red zone the drive-stalling gadget play to Archer was snuffed out, then Archer dropped a first-down pass forcing Kent to settle for a 26-yard field goal by Cortez to trail, 17-13, with 1:44 to go in the third quarter. Kent's defense held giving the offense the ball to start the fourth quarter.

But Kent struggled on offense, and it didn't help that Archer was out with a knee injury. The Flashes got the ball back at their 23 with 4:50 left and started moving down the field.

Durham would bull across midfield for a first down. Then Chris Humphrey would drop a pass in the end zone. But Keith would keep the drive alive with a clutch 15-yard pass on fourth down, giving KSU the ball at ASU's 27. But that was it for Kent, as a Durham run for 2 yards and two incompletions set up Keith's fourth-down scramble that came up short, effectively ending Kent's season.

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News Headline: KSU football: Guided imagery helps shape Flashes into winners with an ironic twist | Attachment Email

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News OCR Text: MOBILE, ALA.: When Darrell Hazell arrived at Kent State two years ago after seven seasons as an assistant coach at Ohio State, one of the first things he realized in his first head coaching job was that the Golden Flashes needed an ego boost.

The program had suffered through decades of losing, and Hazell believed changes needed to start with the way the team perceived itself. So he began guiding the group though imagery sessions in the team room at Dix Stadium.

One of the first sessions Hazell conducted has again crossed the minds of many of the KSU players as the No. 25 Golden Flashes (11-2) prepare to face the Arkansas State Red Wolves (9-3) in the GoDaddy.com Bowl on Sunday night.

The teams' nicknames were central to that session.

“Before, we all really didn't know what a golden eagle or a golden flash was,” senior kicker Freddy Cortez said. “So at first when coach starts showing us films, we were like, ‘Oh, he's just going to show us films of birds.' ”

Instead, Cortez and his teammates were surprised by what they saw.

“It showed the size of the eagle and what it does,” he said. “How it soars around, looking for its prey then isn't afraid to attack animals much bigger than itself. That's when we really began to take pride in being a Golden Flash.”

Shaped by the imagery, Cortez said he felt the team begin to mimic an eagle's mindset toward the end of last season when the Flashes rebounded from a 1-6 start by winning four of their last five games. Then this season from the start, Cortez said the Flashes were ready to attack, just like an eagle.

“We prepared all week like we were soaring around looking for our prey, then attack it with precision through preparation on game day,” he said.

That imagery work began to take on an even bigger significance the past month and a half.

“In the clips, it showed the eagle zeroing in on a wolf,” Cortez said. “The way that fell into place this year was just so ironic. We played the [Northern Illinois] Huskies in the MAC Championship game and then we'll play the Red Wolves in the bowl game. It's just kind of given us this meant-to-be feeling. Our last two games, the two biggest games in school history, are against wolves.”

A Husky is a dog, but close enough.

Purdue staff

When Hazell heads to Purdue after KSU's bowl game, sources at both schools said he is planning on taking a few coaches from his KSU staff along with him. Expected to join Hazell with the Boilermakers are defensive coordinator Jon Heacock, linebackers coach Marcus Freeman, running backs coach Jafar Williams, strength and conditioning coach Doug Davis and director of operations Tommy Cook.

Guest speaker

Former speakers at the GoDaddy.com Bowl Mayor's Luncheon have included former NBA great Charles Barkley, Hall of Fame quarterbacks Joe Theismann and Terry Bradshaw and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick. So, it was a bit odd when down home comedian Larry the Cable Guy was picked to serve as this year's bowl luncheon speaker on Friday afternoon.

“I guess I'm here to class the bowl game up a bit,” he joked during a brief introductory press conference before lunch, wearing his trademark cut off sleeves and hunting gear.

He drew laughs from Hazell and Athletic Director Joel Nielsen when he said: “Believe it or not, I was going to play football at Kent State. But one thing kept me from that — high school.”

At least some players appreciated the offbeat humor. After the luncheon, freshman kicker Brad Miller tweeted: “Meeting Larry the Cable Guy was pretty legit! #GitRDone”

Bowl swag

Every day since arriving in Mobile, KSU players have been given a bowl gift. After arriving Wednesday, they were given Soul Republic headphones with the KSU logo. Thursday's gift was a large leather garment bag featuring the GoDaddy.com logo. Friday's gift was a watch. Before Sunday's game, the players will receive a commemorative game ball. Before leaving for Mobile, the university gave players and coaches new blue Nike warmup suits featuring the bowl logo on the back.

All aboard

The Flashes had their final bowl practice early Friday morning at the University of South Alabama's practice field, but there is one big event left on their bowl week agenda before Sunday night's game. Today the players and coaches are being treated to a tour and lunch aboard the USS Alabama, the famous Word War II battleship.

Haynes arrival

New KSU coach Paul Haynes arrived in Mobile on Friday along with his family and about 30 friends. In addition to his wife and three children, Haynes was greeted at Friday's luncheon by several of his former KSU teammates who made the trip, including former receiver Brian Dushon and defensive back Kevin Harris.

Watch parties

For fans that didn't make the trip to Mobile, there are still opportunities to cheer on the Flashes with fellow KSU supporters. Kent State's University Alumni Association is hosting game watch parties across the country in areas with larger populations of Kent State alumni. Visit www.ksualumni.org/bowlwatch for more information.

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News Headline: Marla Ridenour: Belief, luck, coaching alums come together in Year of the Golden Flashes (Page, Nielsen, Stricklin) | Attachment Email

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News OCR Text: Josh Cribbs used to dread Saturdays.

That's when his Browns teammates talk college football, regaling their schools' successes and needling those whose teams are struggling. Cribbs, a former Kent State quarterback, hated being on the wrong end of that smack.

Then came the 2012 season, when coach Darrell Hazell led the Golden Flashes to an 11-2 record, a berth in the Mid-American Conference championship and the school's first bowl appearance in 40 years. No. 25 KSU takes on Arkansas State at 9 tonight (ESPN) in the GoDaddy.com Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

“I can finally brag on my school,” Cribbs said last month. “It's really a burden lifted off my shoulders. I can actually join in the conversation.”

The breakthrough for Hazell's team was one of many in what could be deemed “The Year of the Golden Flashes.”

In baseball, they reached their first College World Series and knocked off top-seeded Florida.

In men's golf, they finished with their highest-ever national ranking of No. 5, their season including an NCAA playoff victory over perennial power Florida State.

In wrestling, they sent a school-record seven qualifiers to the NCAA Tournament.

In men's basketball, they reached the 20-win mark for the 13th time in the past 14 years.

In the fall, KSU student-athletes combined for their best semester grade-point average, a cumulative 3.07. The football team contributed its highest in-season GPA in recorded program history (since 1982), with 45 players carrying a 3.0 or better.

Before the KSU contingent left for Mobile, men's golf coach Herb Page thanked Hazell, who has been hired by Purdue. Page was the kicker on the last Golden Flashes' bowl team in 1972 and on the 1973 squad that previously held the school's victory mark at 9-2.

“It's the best fall I've had at Kent State,” Page said. “The [1972 football] reunion. My team is ranked in the top 20; we won the Jack Nicklaus Invitational at Muirfield Village. The football team kept winning. October and November became relevant.”

One of Page's best non-golf days was Nov. 17. After a recruit left on Saturday morning, two close friends invited him to the new Panini's downtown to watch KSU's football game at Bowling Green, where the Flashes wrapped up the MAC East title.

“When's the last time Herb Page sat in a Kent bar and had a burger and watched Kent State?” Page said last week. “Ben Curtis showed up. There were 10 or 11 guys sitting around a couple tables. It has never happened. I just had a moment, ‘How awesome is this?' ”

No one is sure if Kent State's special 2012 was a culmination of years of program-building or the right stars aligning. In the case of baseball and golf, it's mostly the former. But there are a few common threads in the Golden Flashes' successes.

Foremost is a special group of Kent State coaches who have managed to convince their players that they can succeed on the national stage.

“There was a feeling throughout this department since I've been here that we have enough talent, we have enough coaching, we have enough support to really do some special things,” said Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen, hired in March 2010. “We started to see it [in 2011], whether it was gymnastics [going to its first NCAAs] or [wrestler] Dustin Kilgore winning the national championship that instilled this belief and it carried itself through. Men's golf has always had it; to see those guys take it to that next level and to win that playoff against Florida State, I could see that ratcheting up a little bit.

“I've talked about this whole belief characteristic for a year now. It's probably one of the strongest characteristics in human beings. We seem to have it right now throughout the department.”

Nielsen believes that is especially true in football, where Hazell succeeded with many of ex-coach Doug Martin's players. Former KSU Director of Athletics Laing Kennedy agreed.

“Darrell had some pretty good upperclassmen, but he changed their heart and he changed their soul and really developed a championship-quality football program,” Kennedy said. “The chemistry, he turned it into, ‘We can really do this.' ”

Some of that belief might have been sparked as far back as 1996-97 when Gary Waters arrived to coach the men's basketball team. In 2002, coach Stan Heath added now-Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates to a nucleus of players recruited by Waters and took them to the NCAA Elite Eight. In 2003, Curtis, the world's 396th-ranked player playing in his first major championship, captured the British Open.

“You look at Ben Curtis winning the British Open, you look at our men's golf team being fifth and sixth in the country [in 2008] and always being a contender for the top 10, you add to that the success of our women's golf program with 14 consecutive MAC championships, you think of a tradition of excellence,” Kennedy said. “I think back when we were having athletic directors' meetings in the MAC and my colleagues would say, ‘I know Kent will be there.' That's a tribute of respect.”

It wasn't always that way. Page, a 1974 graduate who also earned his master's from Kent State in 1976, remembers a time when he referred to the MAC in a derogatory fashion.

“When Michael Schwartz was president they took the caps off of what I used to call ‘The Mediocre Athletic Conference,' ” Page said of Schwartz, who arrived at KSU in 1976 and served as president from 1982-90. “In 1991 we weren't even fully scholarshipped in wrestling, baseball and golf. In '91 and '92, that's when we started raising money. At least the playing field became even.”

Donations pour in

Success has sparked a fundraising boom, with more than $3.5 million coming in for football and baseball, most in the past year. Some of the money has gone into higher salaries and facilities upgrades for Dix Stadium and baseball's Schoonover Stadium, which is scheduled to install lights in the spring. A hitting facility for baseball and softball is planned, with about 75 percent of the funds raised, Nielsen said. Baseball coach Scott Stricklin went to Mobile in hopes of putting that project over the top. In 2007, golf opened the Ferrara and Page Training and Learning Center, which Page calls “one of the finest in the nation.”

The facility helps Page recruit, but so, too, does the university's improved academic standing.

“There's been a complete switch in golf. These young men with a great academic background will choose Kent State,” Page said. “We're getting people from Walsh Jesuit and St. Ignatius, a Hudson man, John Hahn. There were years when a good student-athlete from Hudson probably wouldn't come to Kent State. Now our rosters are full of those young men and women.”

It might help that Kent State is wooing such student-athletes with six coaches who have degrees from the university. Page is joined by baseball coach Scott Stricklin (class of 1995), wrestling coach Jim Andrassy ('95, master's in 2002), women's gymnastics coach Brice Biggin ('83), women's golf coach Mike Morris ('76) and Hazell's successor Paul Haynes ('92). Biggin has been at KSU for 33 years, 22 as coach. Andrassy has been in its wrestling room since he was 18.

“This is one of the first places I've ever worked that not only had this many coaches who are alums but the ultra-success that they've had,” Nielsen said. “I didn't hire an alum when we hired coach Hazell, [men's basketball] coach [Rob] Senderoff or [women's basketball] coach [Danielle] O'Banion. It's not as though I said, ‘This is the blueprint and I've got to stick to it.'

“But it is something that runs through my mind every time we go out searching, not only for head coaches, but for assistant coaches or support staff or people in our department. There's something going on and I haven't put my finger on it totally yet.”

Luck on their side

But no one will discount a little bit of the lucky star factor in the Year of the Golden Flashes, especially in the run to the College World Series.

Reaching the NCAA regionals five of the past six years, Stricklin thought it was key that they played in Gary, Ind., in 2012 because host Purdue's facilities were deemed inadequate.

“The three previous years we had to go to Arizona State, UCLA and Texas. Going to a top-five team and having to play in front of their fans all the way across the country, that's really tough to do,” Stricklin said. “Not that going to Gary, Ind., wasn't a tough draw, but it was a neutral regional site. That was the first break we got. But I think we earned that.”

When they reached the College World Series, Cribbs got caught up in the frenzy, organizing a bus to take fans and even some players' parents and siblings to Omaha, Neb. That trip came in June, giving Cribbs a chance to talk up his Golden Flashes during minicamp.

“It was their year,” Cribbs said of arguably the most special sports year in KSU history. “I was actually boasting, ‘What did your baseball team do? Are you ranked? You went to Syracuse? USC? What are they doing?' ”

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News OCR Text: MOBILE, ALA.: The day is finally here for the Kent State football team.

When the GoDaddy.com Bowl kicks off at 9 tonight, the Golden Flashes will take the field proudly wearing bold yellow helmets.

Many teams have followed Oregon's lead on alternate uniforms and helmets, but few have invested so much sweat in earning a new look.

What began on a whim two years ago has come full circle for the Flashes (11-2) as they take on Arkansas State (9-3) in their first bowl game in 40 years.

Darrell Hazell was only in his second day as coach at Kent State when he stumbled across a gold mine while rummaging around in the Dix Stadium equipment room.

Looking to come to “know everything about everything about the program,” Hazell found an old helmet painted bright yellow with tiny blue shiny flakes.

“As soon I saw it, it was like somebody hit me with a sledgehammer,” said Hazell, who will coach KSU for the final time tonight before moving on full time as the new coach at Purdue.

Equipment manager Cliff Ragin told Hazell the discarded helmet was an experiment gone wrong many years ago.

“It was dusty, had no stickers on it and was sitting in the back corner,” Hazell said. “I picked it up and said, ‘Hmmm, what's this?' When I asked Cliff about it and he said they tried a paint experiment awhile back, but no one liked it.”

Suddenly struck with inspiration, Hazell had the helmet cleaned and polished and had another painted just like it. The first one, he put on display in a lighted glass curio cabinet in his office. The other was hung in the Flashes team room above a water fountain for all the players to see.

“It's been an inspiration to us ever since,” junior defensive lineman Roosevelt Nix said. “It might have been something that seemed far fetched at first, but we bought into it. We saw that helmet every day and worked hard to earn the right to wear it.”

Nix said players had to get used to the bold color.

“At first, we were like, ‘Um, yellow helmets?' ” he said. “But once we started wearing them in practice and you saw them on film, it was like, ‘Hey, that looks pretty sweet.' ”

In time, that old, discarded helmet became a symbol of what today's Flashes were playing for — postseason play, something that hadn't happened at Kent State since 1972 when the Golden Flashes lost 21-18 to Tampa in the Tangerine Bowl.

“To us, the helmet means achievement and success,” senior kicker Freddy Cortez said. “It's a symbol of all our hard work paying off. We knew the only way we'd ever get a chance to wear it is if we made it to a bowl game. So we wear it proudly.”

1972 helmet displayed

But the helmet story doesn't end there. Like many good stories, there's another layer. About a year after Hazell placed the newly minted “bowl helmet” in his cabinet along with a handful of the championship rings from his many assistant coaching stops, another meaningful helmet joined it.

Hazell was at a gas station near his home in Stow when a woman recognized him and stopped to chat.

“She said, ‘Oh, hey, I was thinking of running by your office, I have something for you,' ” Hazell recalled.

The woman was the sister of Don Robinson, who played on the last KSU bowl team.

“She told me her brother played on the '72 bowl team,” Hazell said. “Then she said, ‘I think you should borrow the helmet.' ”

Hazell signed a note promising to return the helmet. Soon, an older helmet painted blue with gold trim and signed by the '72 team found a temporary home on a shelf in the curio cabinet just below the future bowl helmet.

“It represents the new and the old, but ultimately, winning football at Kent State,” Hazell said.

The added good-luck charm did the trick. After starting the 2012 season 1-1, the Flashes reeled off an improbable 10-game winning streak that claimed the Mid-American Conference East Division crown, earned a national ranking and a trip to the MAC Championship game to face West Division-winner Northern Illinois.

After the Flashes lost to the Huskies at Detroit's Ford Field in double overtime, the bowl helmets that awaited them at practice over the next month helped lift the team's spirits.

As the Golden Flashes take the field tonight, the crowd will be treated to the finished product — special logo decals that were added to the helmets Saturday night as a final surprise to the players while dressing for the biggest game in the program's history.

Oh, and while Hazell was packing up his belongings in his KSU office before the team left for Mobile last week, one final helmet inspiration hit him. Not only did the coach with a knack for a championship vision return the old '72 helmet to Robinson, along with it, he sent a thoughtful thank-you gift — a new yellow bowl helmet signed by his 2012 team.

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News Headline: Kent State notebook: New coach Paul Haynes gets set to take over Flashes program (Haynes, Hazell) | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/07/2013
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News OCR Text: MOBILE, ALA.: New Kent State coach Paul Haynes has spent the past few days here in Mobile working behind the scenes, stealing as much time as he can with outgoing coach Darrell Hazell to discuss team matters pertaining to next season, touching base with recruits and assembling his coaching staff.

“I've just been picking [Hazell's] brain a little bit about thoughts that he has about the future, but really mostly talking recruiting — how many scholarships we have, where our needs are.”

That's because this morning, Haynes, a former Golden Flashes walk on, officially takes over as Hazell departs for Purdue.

“Most of the guys, a lot of the new guys on staff, are coming in [to the office] at different times Monday,” he said. “So we'll actually get together Tuesday for the first time and really just tackle recruiting.”

Haynes said he doesn't expect his entire coaching staff to be named until Friday, but he did confirm that at least two of the current coaches on staff will return in offensive coordinator Brian Rock and defensive line coach Brian George.

Big three on offense

Arkansas State interim coach John Thompson was quick to identify three Kent State offensive players that he was impressed with — do-it-all Dri Archer, fullback Trayion Durham and left tackle Brian Winters.

“[Durham] will pound it inside and then you go the offensive line where [Winters] is probably the best we've seen all year long — and that includes Nebraska,” Thompson said.

The compliment was no stretch, as the 6-foot-5, 310-pound Winters will return to Mobile in a few weeks to play in the prestigious Senior Bowl that's also played at Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium. He was the only Mid-American Conference player chosen.

“That's where all of our success starts — with those guys up front — especially with Brian,” Hazell said. “He's been so solid and consistent throughout these last two years. Then once we moved Josh Kline over to his side, I thought those two together are the most consistent guys we've had on the offensive side.”

Manager and more

The most popular description of Flashes senior quarterback Spencer Keith over his four years as a starter is that he's a “game manager.”

But when Thompson uttered those same words about Keith, he stopped himself to clarify exactly what he meant.

“I know it sounds like a backhanded compliment,” he said. “It's like you have a blind date and say she has a good personality. But that's not the case with [Keith]. He gets the ball to the right spot. You have to defend the whole field.”

Hazell has said for months that he's most proud of Keith's development this season.

“We tried to bring in guys to replace him [junior college quarterback David Fisher and true freshman Colin Reardon],” Hazell said. “Spencer never said a word, just kept working to get better and fought them off.”

Back for more

Having already seen the sights and sounds of Mobile last year before losing to Northern Illinois in the bowl game, the Red Wolves have come back to town focusing on one goal: leaving this time with a win.

“The players were here last year and they feel [this year] there's some unfinished business,” Thompson said. “I think last year there was so much inexperience in the bowl process — what they were doing and what they were going through. But our players aren't allowing that this year. They're making sure [they know why they're here].”

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News Headline: Arkansas State 17, Kent State 13: Flashes fall short in bowl game without injured Dri Archer on last drive (Hazell) | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/07/2013
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News OCR Text: MOBILE, ALABAMA: The third time did not prove to be a charm for Kent State.

Playing in their first bowl game in 40 years, the Golden Flashes failed to snap the school's winless bowl streak despite coming close in a much-anticipated third try - a 17-13 defeat by Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl late Sunday.

Not with All-American Dri Archer standing on the sideline on the Flashes final drive, watching dejectedly with a white towel draped over his head and helmet in hand after suffering an early knee injury that began to tighten up as the game went on.

“I hurt it when I landed on the ground in the second quarter,” Archer said. “I kept trying to go, but I was hopping around. I knew I was hurting the team when I was in there…(The final drive) was tough. I had my head down the majority of the time. I wanted to be out there with my guys.”

Before being hobbled, Archer scored Kent State's lone touchdown via a 16-yard reverse with 12:10 to go in the second quarter.

But the Flashes never found the endzone again, settling for a pair of Freddy Cortez field goals before being shut out in the all-important fourth quarter. The Flashes had their chances, but failed to make a clutch play on either side of the ball when they needed it the most.

Defensively, the game marked the first of the season that the aggressive and usually-opportunistic unit didn't force a turnover. On offense, receiver Chris Humphry dropped a long, late fourth-quarter pass right near the endzone. A later in the drive, quarterback Spencer Keith fell three yards short on a desperation scramble for a first down.

“It was a disappointing ending for us,” Darrell Hazell said in his final game as KSU's head coach. “Obviously we didn't do enough in the red zone and we had to settle for some field goals.”

In the first half, both offenses needed a quarter to feel each other out a bit. On Kent State's first possession of game, the offense quickly drove down to the 1-yard line but came away without points after back-to-back handoffs to fullback Trayion Durham went nowhere and Keith was intercepted in the endzone when a pass bounced off the arm of tight end Tim Erjavec.

But on the Flashes first possession of the second quarter, Archer made sure they found pay dirt. On the first play he spun and ducked away from a handful of would-be tacklers en route to a 44-yard gain. Three plays later, a reverse gave Archer some space on the outside for the 16-yard score that put Kent State on the board first.

The touchdown was Archer's 23rd of the year and his 16th on the ground. However, on the play receiver Matt Hurdle was flagged for two personal fouls that resulted in a 30-yard penatly and forced Cortez to have kickoff from the 10-yard line.

Arkansas State couldn't get anything despite good field position, but on the next possession, running back David Oku's 10-yard rushing touchdown tied the score 7-7 with 5:40 left in the half.

The drive would spark ASU's offense. Before it, the Flashes defense had held the Red Wolves to just 37 yards of offense before the scoring drive covered 60 yards in just nine plays.

As the clock wound down during the final few minutes of the second quarter, ASU began to employ KSU's Achilles Heel – a hurry-up offense. Soon, the Flashes pass rushers were gassed and the defense was called for an illegal substitution when a player was slow to get off the field between plays.

“I thought Arkansas State did an excellent job keeping us off balance with their hurry-up,” Hazell said.

With the KSU defenders on their heels, quarterback Ryan Aplin led the Red Wolves on a nine-play, 88-yard drive capped by a 31-yard touchdown pass to receiver J.D. Mc

Kissic with 1:13 left before halftime.

Aplin, the defending, two-time Sun Belt Conference MVP, garnered game MVP honors by completing 21-for-30 passes for 213 yards a touchdown. Keith finished 17-for-33 with an interception. I thought I probably should have changed the snap count a little more just to catch them off guard.”

Still, the Flashes responded with a scoring drive of their own – albeit one for only three points - as Keith scrambled to avoid back-to-back sacks on second and third downs. That gave Cortez a chance at a 42-yard field goal with 24 seconds before the half, the boot cutting the Red Wolves lead to 14-10.

The Red Wolves switch to a hurry up offense in the second quarter paid huge dividends, as they accumulated 148 of its 178 first-half yards on their last two drives.

But even with a little time at halftime to catch their breath and regaroup, Kent State stumbled out of the gate in the third quarter. Keith was sacked on the first play of the second half as the Red Wolves continued to blitz.

“They didn't really do anything different than what we saw in film,” Keith said. “They blitzed a little bit more than expected, but that's part of it.”

Soon, the breaks weren't going the Flashes way either. First, Arkansas State recoverd its own muffed punt and retiurned the ball to miudfield. Then on its next possession, a controversial pass interference call on defensive back Darius Polk helped the Red Wolves push their lead back to seven points following a 25-yard field goal with 8:35 left in the quarter.

A heavy does of Durham late in the third quarter had the Flashes knocking on the door of a score while sitting on the 6-yard line on second down.

But a Keith pass fell short and even a backwards diving attempt by Archer to save couldn't keep it from hitting the ground and forcing the Flashes to settle for another Cortez field goal. The 22-yarder pulled KSU to within four points, but they couldn't make the clutch plays in the fourth quarter to bridge the gap.

“It's a huge difference when you don't have the fastest player on the field,” Keith said of not having Archer on the final drive. “It makes it a little bit tougher without him, but our guys fought through it. We put a good drive down at the end, but we just couldn't finish it off. We executed plays well until the last fourth down.”

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News Headline: Steubenville football sex charges spur city response (Vincent) | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/07/2013
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News OCR Text: COLUMBUS — Authorities
investigating rape accusations
against two high
school football players in
eastern Ohio launched a
website Saturday as interest
in the case balloons, an
extraordinary step designed
to combat the misperception
“that the football team
runs the city,” the city manager
said.

Two 16-year-old boys,
Trent Mays and Malik Richmond,
are set for trial next
month in juvenile court in
Steubenville, a town of about
18,000, on charges that they
raped a 16-year-old girl in
August. Their attorneys have
denied the charges in court.

Public interest in the case
increased with circulation
online this week of an unverified
video, more than 12
minutes long, that purportedly
shows another young
man joking about the accuser.
The video apparently was
released by hackers who allege
more people were involved
and should be held
accountable.

A Facebook post by Kent
State University said the college
is keeping its eyes on
the investigation as well, after
posts on the page called
for the expulsion of Charlie
Keenan, a recently accepted
student accused by hackers
as a participant.

“(Keenan) applied and
was accepted to begin classes
as a freshman in the fall
of 2013,” KSU spokeperson
Emily Vincent said, adding
that he signed a national
letter of intent as a wrestler.
“University leaders recognize
the significance of such allegations
and will take appropriate
actions as the facts become
more clear.”

One aim of the website
launched by Steubenville,
City Manager Cathy Davison
said, is to combat a common
perception that Steubenville
High School — home of the
“Big Red” sports program
— controls politics in a small
city where special prosecutors
and a visiting judge are
handling the case because
local authorities knew people
involved with the football
team.

“When people are saying
that our police department
did not follow procedure,
that the football team runs
the city, that is not the case,”
Davison said. “They went by
the book. Everything was
handled in an above-board
fashion to make sure that
the case can benefit from
the fullest extent of the law.”

Intended to sort fact from
fiction, the website has the
appearance of a legal briefing,
with black type on a
white background, providing
an intentional departure
from escalating emotions
over the case and how it's
been handled. It provides a
timeline of the case, summaries
of Ohio laws that affect
sex charges, online posts
and reaction to them and a
pledge of transparency.

“It looks very generic, but
it was meant to be (that
way), because it's just the
facts. There's nothing flowery
about it,” said Davison.

The site, sponsored by
Steubenville city and police
officials, explains that
only a handful of police officers
attended local schools
and that the city manager
herself is not even from
Ohio. Its launch followed the
hiring of a consultant who's
helping the city handle a
barrage of media attention
sparked by the case.

The site declares it “is
not designed to be a forum
for how the Juvenile Court
ought to rule in this matter.”

Steubenville sits in a region
of the state that's benefited
economically from a recent
shale gas drilling boom,
and Steubenville got a boost
when it was selected as the
site of Gov. John Kasich's
2012 State of the State address,
the first held outside
the Statehouse in recent
memory.

“Steubenville is a fantastic
place to live, work and
play,” said Davison. “We
have warm and loving people
here, and this incident
could be anywhere in America
or the country or the
world, and it's really unfortunate
that it's tarnishing
the city's reputation.”

As investigation continues,
it has spurred heated
commentary online. Some
support the defendants and
question the character of
the teenage girl, while others
allege a cover-up or contend
more people should be
charged.

The latter group includes
hacker-activists associating
under the Anonymous and
KnightSec labels who point
to comments they say were
posted around the time of
the alleged attack on social
media by people who are not
charged.

At a second peaceful protest
at the local courthouse
in as many weeks Saturday,
protesters, some wearing
masks, gave details of their
own rapes or those of relatives.
They lamented what
they said was a laissez faire
attitude to sexual crimes in
the community.

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News Headline: OUR VIEW Win or lose, a proud moment for Kent State | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/07/2013
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News OCR Text: AFTER 40 YEARS, GOLDEN FLASHES MAKING A BOWL GAME APPEARANCE

Kent State University
sports fans have been waiting 40
years for this moment.

There will be plenty
of Blue and Gold
pride when the Golden
Flashes kick off
against the Arkansas
State Red Wolves tonight
in the GoDaddy.
com Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Not only will the
game climax an incredible season for Kent
State, it also will mark the first time since
the Golden Flashes competed in the Tangerine
Bowl 40 years ago, that Kent will
be playing in a bowl game.

It's a moment that fans of the Flashes
have been waiting to witness for two generations,
a moment that many wondered
if they ever would see.

The team molded by Darrell Hazell
changed all of that. The dynamic coach
inspired his team to play with their hearts
and play to win, instilling in them a sense
of pride and a belief in their abilities that
brought a sense of excitement to Kent
State football weekend after weekend.
The Flashes turned out to be a winning
team in every sense of the term, and the
season proved to be nothing short of incredible.

Tonight's game will be a bittersweet
one because it will mark Coach Hazell's
last appearance at the helm of the Golden
Flashes. Now head coach at Purdue University,
he will be coaching his team for the
last time — which would make a victory all
the more sweet. If Kent defeats Arkansas
State tonight, the Flashes will be among
only eight college teams, including Ohio
State, that have finished the season with
a dozen or more wins. Making the score
an even dozen would be the icing on the
cake for a season to remember.

While the GoDaddy.com Bowl isn't as
widely known or as prestigious as other
bowl games, such as the Rose Bowl, for
example, winning a spot in any bowl game
is a rare honor for a college football team.
In Kent's case, coming 40 years — two full
generations — after the Flashes' last bowl
appearance, it's even more noteworthy.

We'll be following the Flashes tonight as
they write another chapter of Kent State
history. Let's hope they win.

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News Headline: Senderoff to speak at KACC luncheon | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/07/2013
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News OCR Text: Senderoff to speak at KACC luncheon

Kent State second-year head coach Rob Senderoff will be the featured guest speaker at the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce's upcoming luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 10.

The event will be hosted at Ray's Place and networking is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. The lunch and program will follow at noon.

The cost for KACC members is $15 and will be $20 for potential members and guests. Walk-ins will be charged an additional $5, while no-shows will be invoiced.

All RSVPs are due by Tuesday to kcalvin@kentbiz.com.

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News Headline: Focused Flashes prepare for game, goodbyes (Hazell) | Attachment Email

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News OCR Text: MOBILE, Ala. -- On Friday morning, Kent State's 18 seniors and head coach Darrell Hazell walked off the practice field together for the last time.

There were some smiles and snickers as that fact was acknowledged by several Golden Flashes during the final stages of practice at the University of South Alabama, but emotions were held in check after a spirited and well-executed session that thoroughly pleased Hazell.

"I thought the (starters) especially were hitting on all cylinders," said Hazell. "Our guys are ready to go."

More lasts will follow this weekend as the Golden Flashes (11-2) prepare for Sunday's season-ending showdown against Sun Belt Conference champion Arkansas State (9-3) in the GoDaddy.com Bowl, although the finality of things hasn't completely come into focus quite yet.

"It really kind of hasn't hit me, especially when we're down here, because it's such a hectic schedule that you really don't have time to think about it," said right guard Kent Cleveland, one of 13 senior starters for KSU. "But it's crazy to think I'm about to play the last game of my football career. It's been a long ride.

"I'm not really ready to go, but you know, you've gotta graduate some time."

Senior kicker Freddy Cortez, as always, was all smiles as he raced toward the team huddle that concluded the final practice of a long and memorable record-setting campaign that's stretched into 2013.

"It's been long, but it's been fun," he said. "Being down here getting ready for a bowl game, but knowing it's your last game, it's bittersweet."

Hazell is feeling those same emotions, knowing he's coaching his last game for the program he turned around before departing for his new job at Purdue.

"Right now I'm fine (emotionally); there's just so much going through my head right now. But I'm sure Sunday night will be a little bit different," he said. "Sunday night will be the last time I really spend with these guys who really changed the culture at Kent State."

Led by Hazell and his 18 seniors, the Flashes at long last put the program's losing ways to rest in 2012. They've won a school-record 11 games and captured the Mid-American Conference East Division title before falling to Northern Illinois 44-37 in double-overtime on Nov. 30 in the most thrilling MAC Championship game in history.

Shortly after that difficult setback, Hazell accepted a six-year, $12 million offer to become head coach of the Boilermakers. That news was initially tough for many of the Flashes to take, and while Hazell's departure is obviously still on their minds, little has been said about it lately.

"I haven't heard one breath about it being my last game," said Hazell. "I've heard about it being their last game. I've heard a lot of guys say that, but my name has not been mentioned."

"Everybody knows it, so there's not really much to say," said star junior tackle Roosevelt Nix. "We still love him and he loves us."

Now, Kent State would love nothing more than to finish off its breakout season in style, by claiming the program's first-ever bowl victory in its first postseason appearance in 40 years.

"In my first four years here we won a total of 19 games, so then to have a chance to win 12 this year is unbelievable," said Cleveland. "I've been blessed to be a part of this team this year and to be part of the turnaround. I couldn't ask for a better senior season. We have three seniors (starting) on the (offensive) line, and there's nothing we'd like to do more than to go out with a win. After all we've been through, I don't want to go out losing the last two games of my career.

"We want to be the first team in (school) history to win a bowl game, and leave our mark on the program even more than we have so far."

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News Headline: Watching from the sideline has not been easy for Kent State's Goode | Attachment Email

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News OCR Text: Kent State wide receiver Tyshon Goode, who missed the entire season after suffering a hamstring injury during preseason camp, made the trip to Mobile along with every other player on the KSU roster. He admitted that it's been difficult watching his teammates enjoy such a successful season.

"When it first happened and we started winning games it was tough for me, but I believe in faith and that everything happens for a reason," he said. "I'm excited to be down here and sharing the experience with my teammates. But yeah, it's hard, of course I want to be out there."

Goode at first tried to rest and let the injury heal on its own, but it didn't work -- for good reason, as it turned out.

"I still really couldn't open up and run how I wanted to, so I had an MRI (about a month after the injury)," said Goode. "When the MRI came back it showed (the hamstring) came off the bone. A couple of tendons weren't attached."

Goode had surgery on Oct. 19, and plans to return to action next season.

"I'm about two months away from being fully healed," he said. "I'm meeting (team doctor William) Pakan (today) to make sure everything's on track. But it feels great."

GETTING DRI TO STAY

Kent State junior speedster Dri Archer continues to ponder his decision on whether to return for his senior season or declare himself eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft.

Archer said he will make his decision after the bowl game, in order to avoid distractions leading up to the contest.

Goode, for one, believes Archer will stay.

"Dri should come back. I didn't see any indications of him entering the draft," said Goode. "I'm pretty sure he wants to graduate. Me and him talked about that, he wanted to get his diploma. No rush."

While his teammates obviously hope he stays, Nix said they've pretty much left him alone while Archer weighs the decision.

"Dri is Dri; he's a great athlete. I'm sure if he decides to come back he'll dominate like he did, and he'll be successful if he makes the decision to leave," said Roosevelt Nix. "He's a man, and he's gotta make the best decision for himself and his family. It's obviously a big decision."

CORTEZ ADAPTS TO CHANGE

Long ago, kicker Freddy Cortez started the season by missing three of his first five field goals, including an 0-for-2 effort in game two at Kentucky, which had fans wondering if something was wrong with their record-setting kicker.

"The only game we had trouble was the Kentucky game, and during that time I was still trying to figure out my new steps," said Cortez. "I was given information by one of our coaches that I needed to change my kicking style, just to make quicker times to help our offensive line so no kicks would get blocked."

The switch was difficult for Cortez at first.

"I did my steps the same way for three years, so changing it a week before the first game was tough," said Cortez. "I did what any good teammate would do. I never said no, even though I had to struggle through it a little bit. In that Kentucky game I didn't have that swagger I usually have, but I figured it out after that."

Since then Cortez has converted 15-of-18 field goals, including his last six in a row, with all three misses coming from 40 yards or more.

"(The change) made sense, but at first I didn't want it to make sense," he said. "I was so comfortable with what I was doing. But if a coach wants to make a change, I'm not gonna say no to him."

HAYNES IN THE HOUSE

New Kent State football coach Paul Haynes attended Friday's GoDaddy.com Bowl Mayor's Luncheon at the Mobile Convention Center along with his family and a couple of former Kent State teammates, Brian Dusho and Kevin Harris. At least 35 of Haynes' KSU teammates are expected to attend the GoDaddy.com Bowl, and Haynes will be introduced to Flashes fans during a tailgate party before Sunday's game.

Haynes will also visit with members of the media on Sunday.

COACHING STAFF RUMORS

Hazell said on Friday that he expects to have his Purdue coaching staff filled when it meets for the first time on Jan. 12. While he will not confirm which members of the current Kent State staff he plans to take with him to Purdue, names getting bounced around by various sources on Friday included defensive coordinator Jon Heacock, linebackers coach Marcus Freeman, strength and conditioning coach Doug Davis, running backs coach Jafar Williams and assistant athletic director for football operations Tommy Cook.

Candidates to remain on Haynes' Kent State staff include current offensive coordinator Brian Rock and defensive line coach Brian George.

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News Headline: Moff's Memoirs from Mobile: Hazell responds to interesting questions | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/07/2013
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News OCR Text: After completing their final full-fledged practice before Sunday's game just before 10 a.m., Kent State football head coach Darrell Hazell was rushed to the GoDaddy.com Bowl Official Press Conference, where he was joined by KSU Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen and the Arkansas State contingent. Then players from both teams joined officials and invited guests for the GoDaddy.com Bowl Mayor's Luncheon, featuring comedian Larry the Cable Guy as guest speaker.

Memoirs: Friday's practice was a very crisp one, especially for the offense. Senior quarterback Spencer Keith was sharp, junior speedster Dri Archer caught several touchdown passes against the second-team defense, and practice ended with Keith and Chris Humphrey bumping chests after the freshman wide receiver snagged a 2-point conversion pass. ... After the press conference, Hazell was asked several interesting questions on the side.

First, about his volume of contact with new Kent State coach Paul Haynes: "Paul and I talked about staffing a little bit a few days ago, and that's about it. Paul's got his own little deal he's working on, and I've got my little deal. He called me the other day but I didn't recognize the phone number -- he changed his number because so many people were calling him about jobs. So I didn't know who it was, and I never called him back. On his approach to coaching his final game at KSU: "I don't think it changes much. You don't play it tight to the vest, but you don't gamble just because it's your last game."

On watching his new team Purdue's ugly 58-14 loss to Oklahoma State in the Heart of Texas Bowl on Jan. 1: "It was neat being up in the box with those guys (from Purdue). I got a chance to sit down with (former Purdue QBs) Drew Brees and Kyle Orton, some good guys, and I tried to evaluate the talent. They had a tough time. They missed some opportunities early, didn't make some plays."

Then it was off to the Mayor's Luncheon, which was quite an event. About 1,500 people attended the luncheon, which included performances by the band and cheerleaders from both schools inside the spacious Mobile Convention Center. Several of Kent State's top officials arrived in time for the luncheon, including trustees Jacqueline Woods, Jane Murphy Timken, Richard Marsh, Stephen Colecchi, Alex Evans and Chelsea Knowles. Kent State University President Dr. Lester A. Lefton spoke on behalf of his school. Donors also made their way to the event, including Kent State alumnus Dave Edmonds, the Senior Vice President at Fedex. New Flashes football coach Paul Haynes was also on hand along with his family. ... Kent State fans will begin flocking to Mobile today in full force. According to KSU officials, the university has distributed a little over 2,000 tickets. ... Kent State's players have been receiving a gift each day from the GoDaddy.com Bowl. Thus far the swag includes Sol Republic head phones with a KSU logo, a large leather garment bag with the GoDaddy.com logo, a watch that they received Friday night and a commemorative game ball. Before they left for Alabama, players received blue Nike GoDaddy.com Bowl warm-ups from the university. ... The weather improved on Friday, as the sun stayed out the entire day. But it was still cool and breezy, with temperatures in the upper 40s during the morning before reaching a high of 56 in the afternoon. The forecast for Sunday's game remains cloudy, with temperature in the high 40s at kickoff.

Coming Up: Today's events include a luncheon on board the famous World War II battleship the USS Alabama, a Mardi Gras parade with Grand Marshal Danica Patrick, and a Pep Rally at 8 p.m., followed by a Street Party.

Countdown To Kickoff: 1 day.

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News Headline: Moff's Memoirs from Mobile: USS Alabama Battleship tour steals spotlight | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/07/2013
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News OCR Text: Saturday's Activities

Both teams took part separately in The GoDaddy.com USS Alabama Team Luncheon, which featured a tour of the World War II battleship USS Alabama. Following a brief walk-through at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, the team attended a Mardi Gras Parade held in downtown Mobile, followed by a Pep Rally at the Mobile Convention Center, a fireworks display and a Street Party featuring the music of Hotwire.

MEMOIRS

— I think nearly everyone who has attended all of the events associated with the GoDaddy.com Bowl this week would agree that the USS Alabama Battleship tour has been the highlight of the week thus far. Flashes players, coaches and officials were first treated to lunch inside the Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion at USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. Dozens of U.S. fighter planes from previous wars hung from the rafters of this massive building. Paul Crane, who played center for a national championship team at Alabama and for the 1967 Super Bowl champion New York Jets, served as guest speaker. After the lunch, everyone on hand was invited to tour the massive USS Alabama Battleship on their own. Flashes players spent over an hour walking through the battleship, which shot down 22 enemy planes during World War II. The ship is 680 feet in length, with a beam over 108 feet wide, and weighed over 90 million pounds during battle while hauling a crew of about 2,500. We navigated at least 10 flights of steps that went both above and below the main deck. I could go on and on about this ship, just an incredible spectacle that was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Before the tour I spent about 20 minutes talking to current KSU offensive coordinator Brian Rock, along with fellow local media members. Most of what we talked about wasn't for print, but I can say that Rock is a great coach and a class individual who has some intriguing stories to tell from spending nearly three decades coaching college football. All signs point to Rock staying on new head coach Paul Haynes' staff, and I hope that's true.

— Next came the Mardi Gras Parade, which drew thousands of people into the streets of downtown Mobile. Beads and Moon Pies (invented in Mobile) were flying from dozens of huge floats featured in the parade along with marching bands from both Kent State and Arkansas State. Then fans from both schools gathered separately in the Mobile Convention Center parking lot for a fireworks display over the Mobile River, followed by a pep rally.

— The weather today was rather ugly again, at least by Mobile standards. It was cloudy all day, with highs reaching the low 50s but not feeling like it. Rain was expected for later Saturday night, but the forecast for tonight's game remains partly cloudy with a temperature around 50 degrees at kickoff.

COMING UP

A tailgate party for Flashes fans attending the game will begin around 5:30 p.m. Mobile time at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. New head coach Paul Haynes will be introduced to the crowd.

Kickoff: Tonight, 9 p.m.

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News Headline: Flashes set to put finishing touches on historical season tonight in GoDaddy.com Bowl (Hazell) | Attachment Email

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News OCR Text: MOBILE, Ala. -- Kent State has been extremely busy putting 40 years of football futility to bed this season.

So far the Golden Flashes have earned a school-record 11 wins, including a program-best 10-game winning streak, and captured the Mid-American Conference East Division championship -- their first title of any kind since 1972.

Tonight they'll have an opportunity to go where no Kent State football team has gone before when the Flashes (11-2) make their first bowl appearance in 40 years, taking on Sun Belt Conference champion Arkansas State (9-3) in the GoDaddy.com Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

Because no KSU team has ever gone bowling, and won.

"This university hasn't won a bowl game yet, so it's a big chance for us," said senior quarterback Spencer Keith. "It definitely is exciting."

To earn the first bowl win in the program's 90 years of existence, Kent State will have to knock off a red-hot Arkansas State squad that closed the regular season with seven consecutive victories, including a 45-0 shutout of an eight-win Middle Tennessee squad in its season finale.

"They're good. Just a good football team top to bottom," said second-year KSU coach Darrell Hazell. "This is a great matchup, a huge game for both teams."

The Red Wolves are led by senior quarterback Ryan Aplin, who has thrown for 3,129 yards and 23 touchdowns this season while tossing just four interceptions.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound signal-caller can also do damage with his legs, as he's rushed for 443 yards and six TDs.

"(Aplin's) a very good player," said Hazell. "He's very efficient with the ball."

Arkansas State also features a solid tailback in 5-10, 195-pound junior David Oku, who has rushed for 1,024 yards and 15 touchdowns, along with Sun Belt Freshman of the Year wide receiver J.D. McKissic (92 catches, 909 yards, 4 Tds). They spearhead a Red Wolves offense that averages over 36 points and 481 yards per contest, and has committed only 14 turnovers -- three less than KSU.

Defensively, the Red Wolves are similar to the Flashes -- they've bent, but haven't broken much, especially against league foes. Arkansas State gave up a combined 99 points in non-conference losses to national powers Oregon and Nebraska, but held the rest of their opponents to an average of 20.6 points per contest.

The Arkansas State defense is led by 6-3, 235-pound senior linebacker Nathan Herrold, who has amassed 109 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, two sacks, three interceptions, five pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles. Another player to watch is 6-5, 255-pound senior defensive end Tim Starson, who leads the team with 12.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.

"They've got some good players up front on defense," said Hazell. "They run around well and have some good team speed."

Both teams are coming off long layoffs marred by coaching changes.

Kent State has not played in 36 days since falling 44-37 to Northern Illinois in a classic MAC Championship Game clash, while Arkansas State has been out of action 35 days since blanking Middle Tennessee State to secure its second straight Sun Belt crown.

During the down time, Hazell accepted a six-year, $12 million offer to become head coach at Purdue, while first-year Red Wolves mentor Gus Malzahn took the job as head coach at Auburn. Malzahn left immediately, while Hazell wanted to remain Kent State's coach through the bowl game and was permitted to do so.

Defensive coordinator John Thompson was promoted to interim head coach after Malzahn left, and will lead the Red Wolves in tonight's game before former Texas offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin takes over the Arkansas State program. Thompson will remain the team's defensive coordinator under Harsin.

A veteran coach with over three decades of experience at the collegiate level, Thompson is thoroughly impressed with the Flashes offense.

"When you put the (Kent State) tape on your eyes go to three players immediately," he said. "You look at Archer, and his speed is absolutely amazing. You realize right then that's a special player you have to get a lot of eyes on. Then it goes to the power of Durham, the big back. Then you go to their left tackle (senior Brian Winters), and he's probably the best that we've seen all year long."

Thompson's thoughts kept returning to Archer.

"If you're not trying to defend him he's a blast to watch," he said.

Archer may be the most explosive player on the field, but both teams have plenty of other weapons.

"There's some marquee players to watch in this game," said Hazell. "I think it will be a fun game to watch."

The lengthy layoffs both teams have been forced to endure could make things interesting at the start, according to Hazell.

"It's been awhile since we've both played," said Hazell. "There will be a little bit of sparring I would think in the first quarter, trying to feel each other out and get back into a little bit of rhythm. The big key to me is the first quarter and which team settles in the best."

The Flashes are hoping to avoid being second-best in another bowl game.

Kent State made two previous trips to bowls, falling 19-7 to Delaware in the 1954 Refrigerator Bowl and 21-18 to Tampa in the 1972 Tangerine Bowl, following its one and only MAC championship season.

Flashes fans that have flocked to Mobile this weekend, along with those watching from home, are hoping the third time's the charm.

"We want to be the first team in (school) history to win a bowl game," said KSU senior right tackle Kent Cleveland, "and leave our mark on the program even more than we have so far."

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News Headline: New Kent State football coach Paul Haynes aims to keep stability in coaching staff (Haynes) | Attachment Email

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News OCR Text: MOBILE, Ala. -- Paul Haynes is keeping his commitment to avoid dramatic changes within the Kent State football program.

The Golden Flashes' new football coach announced before Sunday's GoDaddy.com Bowl that current offensive coordinator Brian Rock will remain on the Kent State coaching staff along with defensive line coach Brian George, and possibly others.

Rock has played a key role in revamping the Flashes offense, which more than doubled its point production from last year (17.1 points in 2011 to 34.6 points in 2012) and increased its total yards from 254 to 391 per game. He has coached the quarterbacks and served as offensive coordinator since joining previous KSU head coach Darrell Hazell's original staff in January of 2011, following a three-year stint as the wide receivers coach at Purdue.

"Everybody knows I'm a defensive guy, so it was important to keep the offensive side the same," said Haynes. "If I bring in a new guy, that's when the current players start to think, what are we doing, are we changing offenses, what's the style going to be? Now that's not a question.

"Everybody starts at zero with a new coach, but they know the (offensive) style and the system is gonna be in place."

Haynes spent the weekend taking in the GoDaddy.com Bowl festivities along with his family and about 35 former KSU teammates, trying to avoid the temptation to coach.

"It's been tough," he smiled. "When I got on the bus (from the team hotel to the stadium), that's when I wanted to be on the other bus (with the KSU coaches) to get over their in the locker room. But like I said from the start, I want coach Hazell and his staff and his football team to finish this thing out the right way, without me being in the way or anything like that."

That all changes today, when Haynes will officially become Kent State's head coach while Hazell takes over the program at Purdue.

Haynes' first priority is to complete his coaching staff.

"I should have the staff complete by late next week," said Haynes. "I've got most of it done, I'm just waiting on a couple guys. I'll wait until the national (coaches) convention is over to announce it. We should have everybody together by Thursday or Friday.

"We'll actually get (the coaches that are already on board) together Tuesday for the first time and really just tackle recruiting. We'll get the (recruiting) board looked at, get the film looked at, add any new names to look at, just attack recruiting."

Haynes did have several chances to visit with Hazell over the weekend, and recruiting was a hot topic.

"I was just picking his brain a little bit on the thoughts he had on the future, mostly recruiting," said Haynes, who served on head coach Jim Tressel's Ohio State staff along with Hazell from 2005-10. "How many scholarships we have, what our needs are, that's really the basis of it."

Haynes also plans to visit with his players as soon as possible. One player in particular he will seek out is junior speedster Dri Archer, who is considering a jump to the NFL after his junior season.

"I don't have a sense (of what decision Archer will make)," said Haynes. "I have talked to him, and I plan on talking to him when I get back and just give my advice. Ultimately it comes down to him and his family's decision, but I will definitely get my two cents in as to what I think is best for him.

"Him not knowing me very well, I'm gonna reach out to a couple of people who do know him a little bit better and have them talk to him too."

Haynes obviously believes Archer should stay at Kent State for his senior season, and has big plans for his speedster.

"He has to touch the ball a lot for us, and that's what I told him when I talked to him," Haynes said. "It can't just be kickoffs. We have to find creative ways to get the ball in his hands, and not just jet sweeps. He's too good a player to not have the ball in his hands."

If the Flashes are to build on this year's success, Archer and the 2013 senior class will have to lead the charge according to Haynes.

"Our team is gonna be as good as our senior class," said Haynes, "so those are the guys I'm gonna embrace first."

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News Headline: Kent State fans soak up bowl experience in Mobile for GoDaddy.com Bowl (Lefton) | Attachment Email

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News OCR Text: MOBILE, Ala -- While 40 years between bowl games has been difficult for Kent State football fans to endure, it also made Sunday's appearance in the GoDaddy.com Bowl that much more special.

Thousands of Golden Flashes backers arrived at Ladd-Peebles Stadium hours before kickoff, relishing every moment of the long-awaited journey into postseason play. Among the alums spotted in Mobile were Kent State baseball coach Scott Stricklin, former star tight end Jason Gavadza, and Brian Windhorst, who once covered Kent State football as a sportswriter for the Akron Beacon Journal and now covers the NBA for ESPN. Also on hand was retired administrator Judy Devine.

On the east side of the stadium, the Kent State University Alumni Association sponsored a tailgate party for 280 pre-registered guests, who enjoyed food and beverages along with several gifts. Kent State University President Dr. Lester A Lefton addressed the crowd.

"I told then this is a long time coming for the loyal fans and alums who never gave up and never stopped believing," said Lefton, as he made his way to his press box suite before the game. "Now the Kent State nation has to continue to move ahead."

Lefton introduced Flashes Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen, who spoke briefly to the crowd before introducing new Kent State football coach Paul Haynes. A star defensive back for the Flashes from 1987-91, Haynes and his family enjoyed the festivities over the weekend along with over 35 of his former Kent State teammates.

Just outside the stadium, Greg Relyea of Akron was spotted tailgating.

"Three of us came down, my friend Chris from Brady Lake and my friend Don McPhee from Suffield," said Relyea. "We've been going to Kent games for 20 years now. We all graduated from Kent, my parents met at Kent and they're here. I grew up in Elyria, graduated from Kent in '89, and I've been a Flash fan ever since."

As a Kent State fan since that time, Relyea and his friends have witnessed some tough times on the gridiron.

"It's been painful," he said. "We went up to the MAC Championship Game (in Detroit), and that didn't work out so well, but it was still an unbelievable game. Now this game is huge. We're gonna have fun, and I think we've got a good shot at winning this."

In the southwest corner of the stadium, a long line formed at the Kent State Will Call and Player Pass Gate. Among those waiting in line were fans sporting the jerseys of star Kent State players Brian Winters, Roosevelt Nix, Dri Archer and Pat McShane.

Making their way into the stadium were Kyle Stevens, John Garver and Steve Rokicki, who drove 14 hours from Pittsburgh to support the Flashes. Stevens, a Kent State student, was not about to miss seeing his Flashes break their postseason drought.

"I was pretty depressed when they lost to NIU, but at that point you knew they were going to a bowl game," he said. "And I was definitely going, no matter where it was."

Garver is a University of Pittsburgh fan, so a unique trip quickly came together when bowl bids were announced, putting the Panthers and the Flashes both in Alabama.

"We figured it out and had enough money to do it," said Stevens. "It's Kent's first bowl game in (40) years, so we had to get down there. We drove to Birmingham first to see Pitt play in its bowl game. It was a bad game (Pitt lost to Mississippi 38-17), so it allowed us to get down to Mobile faster."

While times have never been better for Kent State football fans, Lefton believes the best may be yet to come.

"I told everyone we'd see them back here next year," he said. "Or hopefully we'll see them (for a BCS bowl game) in Miami."

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News Headline: Golden Flashes put the 'Golden' in helmets for first bowl game in four decades (Hazell) | Attachment Email

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News OCR Text: The Kent State Golden Flashes were more golden then ever when they entered Ladd-Peebles Stadium for Sunday's GoDaddy.com Bowl, sporting their gold helmets with the hotly anticipated decals on the front and back.

While the Flashes have been practicing in their gold helmets, which are actually their old blue helmets painted gold, the design of the decals was kept a secret until Sunday.

The gold helmets featured a large 'K' decal on the back and a pair of eagle eyes on the front, while the sides were left blank.

The gold helmets were head coach Darrell Hazell's personal reward to his players for earning the program's first bowl bid in 40 years.

Hazell concocted the gold helmet idea while taking an overall inventory of Kent State's football facilities after he first took over the program nearly three years ago. He found an old gold helmet buried in the back of the equipment room, had it cleaned and later placed it in a curio cabinet in his office.

"I said this is gonna be the helmet that represents us when we get to a bowl game," said Hazell.

A replica was then stationed in the team meeting room right above the water fountain, so the players would see it every day.

The players used the helmet as motivation to earn their first bowl bid in 40 years this season, and were eagerly anticipating its unveiling on Sunday.

The idea for the helmet's look actually came from former Kent State Deputy Athletic Director Tom Kleinlein, who is now the Athletic Director at Georgia Southern. Kleinlein came up with idea for eagle eyes on the front of the helmet, while Hazell implemented the 'K' on the back.

No word on if or when the gold helmets will ever be worn again.

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News Headline: Kent State Golden Flashes come up short in GoDaddy.com Bowl loss to Arkansas State (Hazell) | Attachment Email

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News OCR Text: MOBILE, Ala. -- A superb season for the Kent State football team wound up a couple plays shy of stupendous.

The Golden Flashes, playing their first bowl game in 40 years, made a spirited bit to snatch the first bowl victory in program history but fell just short, bowing 17-13 to Sun Belt Conference champion Arkansas State in the 2013 GoDaddy.com Bowl Sunday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

The loss comes on the heels of a difficult 44-37 double-overtime setback to Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship Game, giving the Flashes a pair of gut-wrenching losses to close an otherwise incredible 2012 campaign.

"It was a disappointing ending for us," said Darrell Hazell, who coached his final game for the Flashes and will now take over the program at Purdue. "We would have loved to get this win for our guys in that locker room. I have strong feelings for the guys. It's hard. I'm going to miss those guys."

Kent State's chance to secure the win was stuffed by Red Wolves junior linebacker Qushaun Lee, who tackled Flashes senior quarterback Spencer Keith three yards short of a first down on a fourth-and-eight play from the Arkansas State 25-yard line with under one minute remaining. Moments earlier a well-thrown 44-yard bomb from Keith to an open Chris Humphrey slipped through the freshman wide receiver's hands in the end zone.

The Flashes (11-3) were forced to play their final drive without star speedster Dri Archer, who finished the game with 77 yards rushing on nine attempts and scored Kent State's lone touchdown.

Archer injured his knee in the second quarter and later returned, but left for good after catching a short pass early in the fourth quarter.

"Dri banged his knee in the second quarter, and it started tightening up," said Hazell. "That's why he couldn't return."

A solid defensive effort headed by senior linebacker Luke Batton (11 tackles, 2 tackles for loss) and senior nose tackle Dana Brown (7 tackles, 1 sack, 3 tfl) gave Kent State a chance to win. The Flashes held an Arkansas State offense averaging over 36 points and 481 yards per game to just 285 yards, including just 107 in the second half. Star senior quarterback Ryan Aplin was held in check, completing 21-of-30 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown, and the Red Wolves managed just 72 rushing yards on 38 carries.

However, for the first time this season, Kent State's defense did not force a turnover.

After allowing a field goal on Arkansas State's first possession of the second half, increasing Arkansas State's lead to 17-10, the Flashes blanked the Red Wolves (10-3) for the final 23:35 of the game. But Kent State only managed three points of its own during that same stretch, and failed to cash in on three possessions in the fourth quarter -- two of which reached Arkansas State territory.

A booming 63-yard punt by freshman Anthony Melchiori bailed the Flashes out of a jam after a three-and-out to start the fourth quarter, pushing the Red Wolves back to their 21. Kent State forced a punt, and reached Arkansas State territory after a third-and-nine pass from Keith to tight end Tim Erjavec for 18 yards moved it to the 43.

The drive stalled, but Melchiori pinned Arkansas State back at its own 5 with a perfect 35-yard boot that was caught by teammate Malcolm Pannell.

The Red Wolves moved out to their own 43 but were then forced to punt, and Kent State took over at its own 23 with 4:50 to play.

As the drive started, Archer stood on the sideline with a towel over his head.

"I hurt it when I landed on the ground in the second quarter," said Archer. "I kept trying to go, but I was hopping around. I knew I was hurting the team when I was in there."

A series of short gains moved the ball into the Red Wolves end, then on first-and-10 from the 44 Humphrey broke into the clear down the middle of the field. Keith fired a bomb over Humphrey's shoulder and was actually jogging down the field preparing to celebrate when the pass went through Humphrey's arms.

Keith and company regrouped, converting a key fourth-and-eight. Keith took a shot in the pocket but hung in, giving senior wideout Matt Hurdle time to break open over the middle for a 15-yard gain to the Arkansas State 27.

A short run by sophomore running back Trayion Durham (20 carries, 68 yards) and a pair of incompletions set up a fourth-and-eight. Following a time out, Keith stepped back in the pocket, saw an opening and took off. He seemed to have room to run for the first down, but Lee closed quickly, forcing Keith to cut to his left. Lee then quickly gobbled up Keith, bringing Kent State's attempted rally to a disappointing close.

"It's a huge difference when you don't have the fastest player on the field (for the final drive)," said Keith, referring to Archer's absence. "We fought through it though and put together a good drive, but we just couldn't finish it out."

Keith finished 17-of-33 for 157 yards with one interception, the only turnover of the game, which came early on as the Flashes wasted an opportunity to score first.

After reserve tailback Julian Durden popped an inside handoff for 32 yards to the Red Wolves 1-yard line, Durham was stuffed on consecutive run plays. Then Keith tried to force a pass over the middle to Humphrey, but it was knocked away then picked off in the end zone by Arkansas State star linebacker Nathan Herrold.

After the Red Wolves offense was stopped for the fourth straight time to start the game, Archer took over. First he broke loose on an inside handoff, shaking away three tacklers on a 44-yard run to the Arkansas State 22. Later with Kent State facing a third-and-19, Archer drew a pass interference call in the end zone, giving the Flashes a first down at the 16.

On the next play, Archer took a reverse and exploded through a huge hole into the end zone, cutting off blocks by Hurdle and Keith for a 16-yard touchdown that gave Kent State a 7-0 lead with 12:10 remaining in the first half.

Hurdle was penalized 30 yards after the play, first for unsportsmanlike conduct, then for taking his helmet off, and Arkansas State returned the ensuing kickoff 33 yards to the Kent State 39. But a 9-yard sack on first down, and another sack on third down by Brown forced the Red Wolves to go three-and-out.

After the Flashes returned the favor with a three-and-out of their own, the Arkansas State offense suddenly came to life.

Snapping the football repeatedly just after it was spotted, the Red Wolves marched 60 yards in nine plays to tie the game. Arkansas State quarterback Ryan Aplin completed a key 21-yard toss to tight end Darion Griswold, then junior running back David Oku broke loose up the middle for a 10-yard touchdown run after Aplin faked an end-around to knot the contest at 7-7 with 5:40 left in the second quarter.

"I thought Arkansas State did an excellent job keeping us off balance with their hurry-up," said Hazell.

Kent State's offense stalled quickly for the second straight possession, and the Red Wolves scored again. Aplin completed a nine-play, 88-yard drive with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the year J.D. McKissic (11 catches, 113 yards), who beat Flashes senior free safety Leon Green on a corner route to give Arkansas State a 14-7 lead with 1:13 left in the half.

Kent State answered with a field goal just before the end of the half. Passes of 14 yards to Hurdle and 18 yards to Archer set up a 42-yard field goal by senior kicker Freddy Cortez that made it 14-10 Arkansas State at halftime.

After stymying the Red Wolves in the first quarter, Kent State's defense coughed up 132 yards in the second quarter as Aplin completed 10-of-12 tosses for 111 yards and a score in the stanza.

The Flashes were able to run the ball effectively in the first half, churning out 141 yards on 17 carries led by Archer's 75 yards on six attempts. Durham added 32 yards on nine carries.

The second half started precariously for the Flashes, with a three-and-out. A short punt by Melchiori was fumbled, but fair catch interference was called. The Red Wolves actually picked up the muffed punt and returned it 24 yards to the 45.

Arkansas State then marched to the Kent State 7, but Batton stuffed a third-and-two run by Oku for a one-yard loss to force a 25-yard field-goal attempt that Brian Davis nailed to increase the Red Wolves lead to 17-10 with 8:35 left in the third quarter.

Kent State answered with a field goal of its own behind Durham, who rushed five times for 24 yards and took a screen pass 15 yards to the Arkansas State 12. A third-down pass to Archer was dropped, but Cortez tacked on 26-yard field goal to bring his Flashes within 17-13 at the 1:44 mark of the third period.

"We didn't do enough in the red zone, and we had to settle for some field goals," said Hazell.

Kent State outgained Arkansas State 350-285.

Kent State closes the most successful season in school history with a school-record 11 wins, including a 10-game winning streak, but fell to 0-3 in bowl games.

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News Headline: Kent State falls to Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl | Attachment Email

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News OCR Text: MOBILE, Ala. -- Kent State's first-ever bowl win will have to wait.

The Golden Flashes fell 17-13 to Sun Belt Conference champion Arkansas State (10-3) at the GoDaddy.com Bowl Sunday night at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, bringing the most successful season in program history to a close on a disappointing note.

Kent State had a chance to win the game in the final minute, driving to the Red Wolves 25-yard line with one minute left in the game. But on a fourth-and-eight play, Flashes senior quarterback Spencer Keith was tackled three yards short of the first down. Arkansas State was then able to run out the clock.

Flashes junior speedster Dri Archer finished with 77 yards rushing on nine carries and scored Kent State's lone touchdown, but did not play down the stretch after reportedly suffering a knee injury.

Kent State (11-3) finishes with a school-record 11 wins, but the season closed with a pair of tough losses -- a 44-37 double-overtime setback to Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship Game, followed by Sunday's narrow defeat.

Darrell Hazell coached his last game for the Flashes. He accepted a six-year, $12 million dollar offer to take over the Purdue football program on Dec. 5, but remained in place as Kent State's coach through Sunday's bowl game. He leaves with a 16-10 record in two seasons as coach at Kent State, after opening last season 1-6.

Paul Haynes, a former star defensive back for the Flashes, was hired about a week after Hazell took the Purdue job and will now take over the Kent State program.

The Flashes, making their first bowl appearance in 40 years, fell to 0-3 in bowl games.

They previously fell 21-18 to Tampa in the 1972 Tangerine Bowl, and 19-7 to Delaware in the 1954 Refrigerator Bowl.

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News Headline: 2 Roosevelt Grads Suit up for Kent State in GoDaddy.com Bowl | Attachment Email

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News OCR Text: The Kent State Golden Flashes football team will play in the GoDaddy.com Bowl on Jan. 6 at 9 p.m. on ESPN.

For years they suited up for the Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders, and now, two players will be on the Kent State sideline in the football team's first bowl game in 40 years.

Evan Shimensky and Marcus Wright are on the Kent State roster this year.

Shimenksy, a redshirt freshman, was moved to the wide receiver spot after playing quarterback for Kent Roosevelt. In two seasons at Kent State he has yet to play in a game.

Wright is in his first season for the Golden Flashes after tranferring from the University of Findlay. He hasn't seen any playing time this year but the junior totaled 195 career tackles in three seasons at Roosevelt with four interceptions, four forced fumbles and a touchdown.

The Golden Flashes arrived in Mobile, AL this week to play in the GoDaddy.com Bowl on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 9 p.m.

The game will air on ESPN.

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News Headline: Kent State QB is Arkansas Native, Faces Arkansas State in Sunday's Bowl Game | Attachment Email

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News OCR Text: Spencer Keith returns home for Kent State's first bowl game in 40 years

Kent State Quarterback Spencer Keith may have been in the stands for Sunday's GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile, Ala. even if the Golden Flashes hadn't earned a trip to the game.

Keith's parents and brother all graduated from Arkansas State, so their ties run deep.

A Little Rock native, Keith said he is taking the family rivalry in stride.

“It's definitely a little different that (Kent State's opponent) is from my home state,” Keith said. “There's a little connection there but my family is definitely rooting for Kent State in this game.”

Teammates only recently learned of their quarterback's family ties to the opposition. Running back Dri Archer said he and other players are teasing Keith, but they know he's focused on a Kent State win.

Family aside, Keith said he recognizes the challenge ahead for a program playing in its first bowl game in 40 years.

The Golden Flashes practiced for two hours Thursday morning. Later in the day, Keith joined 11 of his teammates in visiting sick children at USA Children's and Women's Hospital in Mobile.

Kent State (11-2) battles Arkansas State (9-3) Sunday at 9 p.m. on ESPN.

On Friday, players and coaches will be honored with a luncheon in downtown Mobile; the team will also practice again at the University of South Alabama.

Visit KentStatesports.com for more information on the Kent State Golden Flashes football team.

Visit GoDaddyBowl.com for more information on the game.

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News Headline: Steubenville Rape Case Puts Spotlight on Teen Accepted to Kent State (Mansfield) | Attachment Email

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News OCR Text: University officials gathering information on high school student set to wrestle as a Golden Flash in fall 2013. Teen played for football team at center of rape case.

Kent State University is reviewing the status of an incoming freshman athlete because he was a member of the Steubenville, OH high school football team, two members of which have been charged in connection with a notorious rape case.

Kent State officials are closely watching the case, in which two Steubenville football players are set to go to trial next month on charges of raping a 16-year-old girl in August 2012.

Of interest to Kent State is whether the case expands to charges against other members of the Steubenville Big Red football team.

"This is a top priority," Kent State spokesman Eric Mansfield said by phone Sunday from Mobile, AL, where he is with members of the university's football team and Kent State Athletics staff for the Golden Flashes' appearance in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.

Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond, two star players for the Stuebenville high football team, were charged in August with sexual assault, according to Steubenville city and police officials.

The New York Times reported that the charges stemmed from a night filled with parties attended by members of the football team at which the assault of the 16-year-old girl from West Virginia was witnessed — and captured in photos and video on cell phones — by other student athletes at Steubenville high.

Kent State officials posted a statement on the university's Facebook page Saturday following allegations made online about another Steubenville high school athlete who has been accepted to Kent State on a wrestling scholarship.

"University leaders are aware of the developing investigation in Steubenville, and we are gathering information from the proper authorities," the statement posted Saturday by Kent State officials said.

Mansfield said the university is now following the case in Steubenville closely to determine if some action should be taken regarding the student who has been accepted to Kent State.

"We understand the severity and the seriousness of the allegations, and as we collect more information we will take appropriate steps as warranted," he said. "We are now following the developments from Steubenville very closely."

The student whose status is under review is Charlie Keenan, a senior at Steubenville High School who has been a star athlete on the football field and wrestling mat.

Keenan has not been charged or identified as being directly involved by authorities investigating the sexual assault case.

Keenan won 40 matches in his junior year and was the first Steubenville wrestler to reach the state finals in 15 years, the Herald Star reported. Keenan played as a defensive tackle and center for the Big Red football team this past fall, according to the team's website, and made several key plays for the team in 2012 high school football state playoff action.

The Herald Star reported in November that Keenan planned to wrestle in the 197-pound class for Kent State.

"I was going on some visits and I ended up going to Kent," Keenan told the Herald Star. "I stayed with their team, spent the night, and I really liked the campus. It just felt like a home for me. They have a really good wrestling program, and it was just the best fit for me to go to college there."

Keenan was offered a wrestling scholarship and signed a letter of intent to compete for Kent State. He is scheduled to start classes as a freshman in the fall. Mansfield said he was unsure when Kent State offered the scholarship.

Mansfield stressed that Keenan officially is not yet a student and is still considered an applicant by the university.

"We understand why people are so concerned," Mansfield said. "We take a case like this extremely seriously, and it is the top prority of the university right now to get as much information on this as possible.

"With all the growing media reports and the concern we've seen from the Kent State community on Facebook, we wanted to let them know we are taking it seriously and gathering information," Mansfield said.

Posters on the university's Facebook page, which included reposted inaccurate information about the case, urged the university to revoke the scholarship in light of Keenan's connection to the Steubenville football team.

"If the kid getting a scholarship was not photographed or video-taped being involved in this situation, but ... somehow otherwise is implicated, the courts should first determine the guilt of the individual student before the university decides on revoking any scholarship possibilities," one person wrote.

Others posting on Kent State's Facebook page threatened to transfer if the university did not take action.

"If he does keep his scholarship, I refuse to continue attending such a school that finds this (OK)," another person wrote.

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News Headline: Kent State Falls to Arkansas State 17-13 in GoDaddy.com Bowl | Attachment Email

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News OCR Text: Kent State (11-2) battled Arkansas State (9-3) Sunday on ESPN.

Even some special helmets couldn't help them.

The Kent State University Golden Flashes lost the GoDaddy.com Bowl to the Arkansas State Red Wolves 17-13 tonight.

In a close, low-scoring game the Flashes offense couldn't out perform the Red Wolves defense.

The season came down to the final few minutes of the fourth quarter when Kent State was driving and down just four points.

With just three minutes left in the game it looked like Kent State might take the lead on a deep pass from quarterback Spencer Keith to receiver Chris Humphrey, but Humphrey dropped the ball as he fell across the goal line.

Despite the drop, Kent State continued to inch toward Arkansas State's goal line by converting mutliple fourth downs.

Yet on a crucial fourth down that saw Keith scrambling for eight yards he was stopped short by a swarming Red Wolves defense.

The Golden Flashes faced Arkansas State for what was Kent's first bowl appearance in 40 years. Kent State has never won a bowl game.

Arkansas State (9-3, 7-1) was the Sun Belt Conference champion this season.

Under outgoing Coach Darrell Hazell the Flashes finished 11-2 this season, going undefeated in MAC play, earning the MAC East title and getting its highest ranking ever in the BCS era.

Sunday marked Hazell's last game as head coach for Kent State. Late last year he announced his departure for the top coaching job at Purdue.

New head coach Paul Haynes will lead the team this fall.

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News Headline: Kent State University reviewing incoming freshman student's involvement in Steubenville rape case (Mansfield) | Attachment Email

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News OCR Text: KENT, Ohio - Kent State University officials are closely monitoring the Steubenville rape case, including reviewing the status of a star athlete who intends to come to KSU.

"University leaders are closely monitoring the ongoing investigation in Steubenville. Once all the information has been gathered, appropriate action will be taken if warranted," said Eric Mansfield, executive director of media relations for the university, in an email.

A Steubenville High School senior applied to be part of the KSU freshman class beginning in the fall. His letter of intent for athletics is for wrestling, not football.

At this point, the senior has not been charged or identified as a person directly involved in the Steubenville rape case.

His status coming to Kent State came into question after a 2012 rape video involving football players at Steubenville High School was recently leaked.

The New York Times reported the August investigation shows a high school teen joking about the alleged rape and the unconscious state of the 16-year-old West Virginia girl involved.

Football players Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond have both been charged with sexual assault in connection to the rape, according to Steubenville police, and stand trial in February.

Kent State officials acknowledged the Steubenville rape story on the university's Facebook page Saturday, as thousands gathered for a rally outside the Jefferson County Court House.

"University leaders are aware of the developing investigation in Steubenville, and we are gathering information from the proper authorities."

Several people have commented on the posting, including one man who said, "Kent needs to take a strong stand against rape culture! Give the "rape crew" the boot and give the scholarship to someone that deserves it."

One publication notes the senior's mother is a county prosecuting attorney, and that the alleged rape happened at their house. Officials have not confirmed this information to NewsChannel5.

Kent State University officials are taking every precaution surrounding the case. "We realize the concern of the community, and getting all of the facts is our top priority," Mansfield said in an email.

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News Headline: Arkansas State beats Kent State in GoDaddy.com Bowl (Hazell) | Attachment Email

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News OCR Text: MOBILE, Ala. - Darrell Hazell took Kent State to college football's postseason for the first time in 40 years. Getting that elusive bowl victory now becomes the responsibility of another coach.

The No. 25 Golden Flashes closed a dream season with another disappointing loss, falling 17-13 to Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl on Sunday night.

"It's hard not to come away with a win," Hazell said. "I have some strong feelings for the guys right down the hallway here. I'm going to miss those guys."

Hazell roamed the Kent State sideline one more time in the Golden Flashes' first bowl game since 1972. He is leaving the program to take over at Purdue.

Kent State put up a good fight against Arkansas State, which won the GoDaddy.com Bowl in its second try after losing 38-20 to Northern Illinois last season. But the Golden Flashes struggled on offense -- especially in the red zone -- settling for just two field goals in the final three quarters of the game.

Dri Archer led Kent State with 77 yards rushing, including a 16-yard touchdown run. Spencer Keith completed 17 of 33 passes for 157 yards and one interception.

Archer missed much of the second half after injuring a knee in the second quarter. He tried to return in the second half, but spent the final minutes watching from the sidelines.

"I could only hobble around on it in the second half," Archer said. "I knew it would hurt my team if I stayed out there so I couldn't go anymore."

Without him, Kent State's offense wasn't the same.

Ryan Aplin threw for 213 yards and a touchdown for Arkansas State. J.D. McKissic caught 11 passes for 113 yards.

Arkansas State's usually prolific offense struggled against Kent State, but the consistent Aplin-to-McKissic connection and a stingy defense was enough to help the Red Wolves (10-3) to their first bowl win since joining the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1992.

Kent State (11-3) was driving late in the game when Keith tried to scramble on fourth down and was stopped a few yards short of the marker with 52 seconds left. Linebacker Qushaun Lee made the shoestring tackle for the Red Wolves and finished with a team-leading 13 stops.

"That was a good one," Arkansas State interim coach John Thompson said. "Our guys stepped up with a minute to go. We really needed a play, and our guys made one. It wasn't anything except for ballplayers. It was anything special at all. We just made plays."

Thompson, a veteran defensive coordinator, coached the Red Wolves after Gus Malzahn left to take the Auburn job last month. It was the second straight season Arkansas State had to play its bowl game without the coach that led it to a Sun Belt championship -- Hugh Freeze left for Mississippi in 2011 before last year's GoDaddy.com Bowl.

The results were much better this time -- and the defensive-minded Thompson was especially pleased with that side of the ball.

Arkansas State's offense was dominant during the last half of the regular season, averaging more than 41 points during a seven-game winning streak.

But the Red Wolves had to rely on their defense in this one while the offense slowly warmed up. Kent State took a 7-0 lead on Archer's 16-yard touchdown run and the margin could have been worse, but Arkansas State linebacker Nathan Herrold picked off a tipped pass in the end zone to end a promising drive for the Golden Flashes.

David Oku rushed for a tying 10-yard touchdown with 5:40 remaining in the second quarter, and then Aplin hit McKissic for a 31-yard touchdown minutes later to make it 14-7.

Kent State responded with a 42-yard field goal by Freddy Cortez just before halftime. The teams traded field goals in the third quarter, but neither team could score in the fourth.

The Golden Flashes put together one last drive in the final minutes, with Keith completing a clutch 15-yard pass over the middle on fourth down with less than two minutes remaining. He was headed for another fourth-down conversion just four plays later, but was tripped up on a scramble deep in Arkansas State territory. The Red Wolves then began to celebrate on their sideline.

"I saw their defense drop back really fast, and I thought I had enough room to get the first down," Keith said. "But they were able to get me on the ankle."

It was a disappointing end to an otherwise breakthrough season for Kent State, which set a school record with 11 victories, including a 10-game winning streak that lasted nearly three months. But they dropped their last two games, including a 44-37 double-overtime loss to Northern Illinois on Nov. 30 in the Mid-American Conference championship.

One reason Kent State was able to win 11 games was a dynamic rushing attack that averaged more than 250 yards per game. But the duo of Archer and Trayion Durham didn't have a particularly good game against the Red Wolves.

Aplin completed 21 of 30 passes in his final college game. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior owns nearly every school passing record and is the Sun Belt two-time player of the year.

This wasn't one of his most spectacular games, but he was consistent, made very few mistakes and had no turnovers.

That was no small feat against Kent State, which led the nation with 38 takeaways coming into the game. The Golden Flashes couldn't get one against the Red Wolves.

"That was a huge part of our game plan," Aplin said. "We knew we couldn't afford to give them momentum. Our guys did a great job taking care of the ball and giving our defense a chance to help us win."

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News Headline: KSU Falls to Arkansas in GoDaddy.com Bowl | Attachment Email

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News OCR Text: Outgoing Kent State head football coach Darrell Hazell stuck around to coach the Golden Flashes in their first bowl game in 40 years.

But his presence wasn't enough to help lead them to victory.

The 25th-ranked Golden Flashes lost the GoDaddy.com Bowl to Arkansas State University in Mobile, Alabama, last night by the final score, 17-13.

Kent got on the board first, as Dri Archer scored on a 14-yard reverse in the second quarter.

Archer had to leave the game in the second half, with an undisclosed injury.

He led the Flashes with 77 yards rushing on nine carries, while teammate Trayion Durham ran the ball 20 times for 68 yards.

But the Red Wolves answered, scoring on David Oku's 10-yard run with 5:40 left in the half.

They added a 31-yard score as Ryan Aplin hit J.D. McKissic with 1:13 to play in the quarter.

McKissis hauled in 11 passes for 113 yards and the go-ahead score.

Kent kicker Freddy Cortez booted a 42-yard field goal, to cut the Flashes halftime deficit to 14-10.

Both teams turned up the defense in the second half, allowing just a field goal.

On Kent's final drive, receiver Chris Humphrey was unable to haul in a potential touchdown with just over three minutes to play.

The drive ended on downs, when quarterback Spencer Keith was stopped short of a first down while running the ball on fourth and eight.

The Red Wolves were then able to run out the clock.

The victory was the Sun Belt Champion's first ever over a ranked team.

Kent State ended the season with an 11-3 record, after dropping their last two games.

Hazell will now leave for Purdue, after the Boilermakers hired him last month.

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News Headline: Kent State challenges Arkansas State in GoDaddy.com Bowl (Hazell) | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/07/2013
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News OCR Text: Mobile, AL – The Arkansas State Red Wolves will try to close out their season with an eighth consecutive win as they tangle with the Kent State Golden Flashes in the GoDaddy.com Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama on Sunday night.

"Making history at Kent State, that's a big thing for all of us to leave all our names behind," tight end Tim Erjavec said. "And we have a chance to make history to win the first bowl game at Kent State so that's something we're really looking forward to do."

Kent State would be playing in a BCS bowl had it not suffered a heartbreaking 44-37 double overtime loss to Northern Illinois in the Mid-American Conference Championship. The setback to the Huskies snapped the Golden Flashes' 10-game winning streak and dropped their overall record to 11-2 with an 8-1 mark in league play. Still, KSU's 2012 season was surprisingly successful and it will be making its first appearance in a bowl game since 1972. Coach Darrell Hazell's tremendous job of turning around the team that finished 2011 with a 5-7 record yielded multiple job offers and he decided to begin a new chapter of his career as Purdue's head coach.

"The players in our locker room and the coaches in our locker room have made this entire season special with a tremendous belief system and a never quit attitude," said Hazell. "It is a very, very tight locker room and I can't put into words how proud I am of this football team and the organization."

Kent State hired alum Paul Haynes, who spent this past season as Arkansas's defensive coordinator, as its new head coach, but Hazell will be on the sidelines to lead the Golden Flashes one final time before heading to West Lafayette.

Arkansas State will not have its head coach Gus Malzahn, who will take over the prestigious Auburn program after leading the Red Wolves to their second consecutive Sun Belt Conference championship. Defensive coordinator John Thompson will serve as ASU's interim coach for this contest. Thompson inherits a team than finished the regular season with 9-3 overall including a 7-1 mark in SBC play. The Red Wolves have won their last seven contests since losing their league opener to Western Kentucky, and their other two losses came on the road at Oregon (57-34) and Nebraska (42-13).

'Our team played its best game in the biggest moment," Malzahn said after leading the team to a 45-0 rout of Middle Tennessee to clinch the SBC Championship. "I'm so proud of our players and coaches. The defense just did an unbelievable job. We are playing our best football right now, and that's what we need."

This will be the first meeting in history between these schools on the gridiron.

Kent State used a dynamic rushing attack to put up 228.3 yards per game on the ground on its way to 34.6 points per game. The Golden Flashes' junior tailback Dri Archer is the biggest home run threat in the nation and was named to a Walter Camp First Team All-American after gaining 9.1 yards per carry, which is the highest single-season average this century by a player with at least 150 carries. The elusive and speedy rusher finished the regular season with 1,352 yards and 15 touchdowns on 150 carries.

The Red Wolves will also have to stop Archer in the passing game as he leads the team with 539 yards and four TDs on 35 receptions. He is also the nation's most productive kick returner with 573 yards and three TDs on 15 returns.

If Archer was not enough to worry about, his teammate Trayion Durham effectively complements him with a power running style. Durham racked up 1,248 yards and 14 TDs on 256 carries.

Spencer Keith will be under center for the Golden Flashes. The senior QB has provided leadership as the team's signal caller, but he has been struggling down the stretch. Keith was picked off six times in the final four games after only throwing three interceptions in the first nine contests. He still enters the bowl game with a decent season stat line of 1,864 yards and 12 touchdowns to nine interceptions on 166-of-300 passing.

The Golden Flashes are not quite as tough on the other side of the ball with allowed averages of 419.9 yards and 25.1 points per outing. However, Kent State forced 35 turnovers to finish second in the nation in turnover ratio (+ 1.62). The defensive unit was better against the run, as it ranked 40th in the FBS and third in the MAC with 143.4 rushing yards allowed per game.

Senior LB Luke Batton anchored the defense with 132 total stops, two interceptions, and one fumble return for a score. Junior DB Luke Wollet has made an impact all year long as well to register with 108 tackles, four interceptions, and one 83-yard fumble return for six points.

During its current seven-game win streak, Arkansas State has put up 34 points or more in every game. It had the highest scoring offense in the Sun Belt with an average of 36.4 ppg. The team racked up 512 yards of total offense its regular-season finale versus Middle Tennessee to eclipse the 500-yard mark in total yards of offense for the seventh time this season.

Ryan Aplin was named the SBC Offensive Player of the Year leading the SBC in passing yards with 3,129,yards and 23 TDS to just four interceptions. The senior signal caller passed for 300 yards or more in three straight games before ending the regular season with 238 yards and three touchdowns on an efficient 19-of-21 passing against the Blue Raiders.

David Oku (1,024 yards) has been at the center of the team's fantastic rushing attack that has racked up more than 2,600 yards. Oku's 15 rushing touchdowns are the most in the conference. Rocky Hayes has been potent on limited touches, with an incredible 481 yards on just 50 carries for 9.6 yards per carry.

J.D. McKissic is the top option for Aplin in the passing attack. The wideout has reeled in 92 receptions for 904 yards and four TDs. The second most frequent receiver for ASU is Josh Jarboe, who has made 47 catches for 546 yards and four scores. Julian Jones is the team's top red zone threat as his team- leading total of seven touchdown grabs accounts for more than half of his receptions.

The Red Wolves are ranked second in the SBC in total defense (386.5 ypg) and first in scoring defense (25.4 ppg). The unit allowed only 203 yards of total offense and shut the Blue Raiders out in the regular-season finale.

Nathan Herrold was one of the linebackers on the All-Sun Belt First Team after he registered 109 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, three interceptions, and two fumble recoveries. Tim Starson has recorded team-highs in both tackles for loss (12.5) and sacks (4.5).

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News Headline: (VIDEO) Kent State unveils strange helmets (PHOTOS) (Hazell, Nielsen) | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/07/2013
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News OCR Text: Kent State has set a new standard for crazy college football helmets.

The Golden Flashes unveiled some unique yellow helmets for the GoDaddy.com Bowl against Arkansas State.

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Not just shiny-metallic unique or feathers-on-the-side-of-the-helmet unique. No, we're talking extra-set-of-eyes unique.

The helmets watch you!

Kent State athletic director Joel Nielson described the story behind the helmets to AL.com.

Kent State coach Darrell Hazell used a gold helmet as a way to focus on ending the Golden Flashes' bowl drought.

"When he came in, he found a gold helmet and said that would be the helmet that we wore in the bowl game," Kent State athletic director Joel Nielsen said on Thursday. "So just last week, we had all our helmets painted, so you'll see gold helmets for the Golden Flashes coming out on Jan. 6."

He said it the first week that he was on campus. He wanted his team to see that target every time they walked in the office. And that target was that gold helmet. It's in a glass trophy case that has been in their office ever since he took the job. And so now, the young men are so excited about wearing that gold helmet because that's the goal that they really sought out for the last couple of years."As for the decals, Kent State coach Darrell Hazell had his equipment staff add them to the helmets before the game.

As for the decals, Kent State coach Darrell Hazell had his equipment staff add them to the helmets before the game.

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News Headline: ASU tops No. 25 Kent St. 17-13 in GoDaddy.com Bowl | Attachment Email

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News OCR Text: MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Arkansas State's offense was held in check Sunday night after piling up big numbers this season. It was the defense that led the Red Wolves to a breakthrough victory.

Ryan Aplin threw for 213 yards and a touchdown, J.D. McKissic caught 11 passes for 113 yards and Arkansas State edged No. 25 Kent State 17-13 to win the GoDaddy.com Bowl.

Arkansas State's usually prolific offense struggled against Kent State, but the consistent Aplin-to-McKissic connection and a stingy defense was enough to help the Red Wolves (10-3) to their first bowl win since joining the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1992.

Kent State (11-3) was driving late in the game when quarterback Spencer Keith tried to scramble on fourth down and was stopped a few yards short of the marker with 52 seconds left. Linebacker Qushaun Lee made the shoestring tackle for the Red Wolves and finished with a team-leading 13 stops.

"That was a good one," Arkansas State interim coach John Thompson said. "Our guys stepped up with a minute to go. We really needed a play, and our guys made one. It wasn't anything except for ballplayers. It was anything special at all. We just made plays."

Darrell Hazell roamed the Kent State sideline one more time in the Golden Flashes' first bowl game since 1972. He is leaving the program to take over at Purdue.

Thompson, a veteran defensive coordinator, coached the Red Wolves after Gus Malzahn left to take the Auburn job last month. It was the second straight season Arkansas State had to play its bowl game without the coach that led it to a Sun Belt championship - Hugh Freeze left for Mississippi in 2011 before last year's GoDaddy.com Bowl, which the Red Wolves lost 38-20 to Northern Illinois.

The results were much better this time - and the defensive-minded Thompson was especially pleased with that side of the ball.

Arkansas State's offense was dominant during the last half of the regular season, averaging more than 41 points during a seven-game winning streak.

But the Red Wolves had to rely on their defense in this one while the offense slowly warmed up. Kent State took a 7-0 lead on Dri Archer's 16-yard touchdown run and the margin could have been worse, but Arkansas State linebacker Nathan Herrold picked off a tipped pass in the end zone to end a promising drive for the Golden Flashes.

David Oku rushed for a tying 10-yard touchdown with 5:40 remaining in the second quarter, and then Aplin hit McKissic for a 31-yard touchdown minutes later to make it 14-7.

"Our offense did exactly what it was supposed to do," Thompson said. "They did a great job. Ryan Aplin took some shots - I guess I can say it now - some unnecessary shots that weren't good. But our defense - we've got men over there. Grown men."

Kent State responded with a 42-yard field goal by Freddy Cortez just before halftime. The teams traded field goals in the third quarter, but neither team could score in the fourth.

The Golden Flashes put together one last drive in the final minutes, with Keith completing a clutch 15-yard pass over the middle on fourth down with less than two minutes remaining. He was headed for another fourth-down conversion just four plays later, but was tripped up on a scramble deep in Arkansas State territory. The Red Wolves then began to celebrate on their sideline.

"I saw their defense drop back really fast, and I thought I had enough room to get the first down," Keith said. "But they were able to get me on the ankle."

It was a disappointing end to an otherwise breakthrough season for Kent State, which set a school record with 11 victories, including a 10-game winning streak that lasted nearly three months. But they dropped their last two games, including a 44-37 double-overtime loss to Northern Illinois on Nov. 30 in the Mid-American Conference championship.

One reason Kent State was able to win 11 games was a dynamic rushing attack that averaged more than 250 yards per game. But the duo of Archer and Trayion Durham didn't have a particularly good game against the Red Wolves.

Archer, who missed much of the second half with an apparent injury, led the Golden Flashes with 77 yards rushing while Durham added 68.

Aplin completed 21 of 30 passes in his final college game. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior owns nearly every school passing record and is the Sun Belt two-time player of the year.

This wasn't one of his most spectacular games, but he was consistent, made very few mistakes and had no turnovers.

That was no small feat against Kent State, which led the nation with 38 takeaways coming into the game. The Golden Flashes couldn't get one against the Red Wolves.

"That was a huge part of our game plan," Aplin said. "We knew we couldn't afford to give them momentum. Our guys did a great job taking care of the ball and giving our defense a chance to help us win."

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News Headline: (VIDEO) Arkansas St. gets first bowl win since joining FBS in 1992 | Attachment Email

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News OCR Text: MOBILE, Ala. -- Arkansas State's offense was held in check Sunday night after piling up big numbers this season. It was the defense that led the Red Wolves to a breakthrough victory.

Ryan Aplin threw for 213 yards and a touchdown, J.D. McKissic caught 11 passes for 113 yards and Arkansas State edged No. 25 Kent State 17-13 to win the GoDaddy.com Bowl.

Arkansas State's usually prolific offense struggled against Kent State, but the consistent Aplin-to-McKissic connection and a stingy defense was enough to help the Red Wolves (10-3) to their first bowl win since joining the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1992.

Kent State (11-3) was driving late in the game when quarterback Spencer Keith tried to scramble on fourth down and was stopped a few yards short of the marker with 52 seconds left. Linebacker Qushaun Lee made the shoestring tackle for the Red Wolves and finished with a team-leading 13 stops.

"That was a good one," Arkansas State interim coach John Thompson said. "Our guys stepped up with a minute to go. We really needed a play, and our guys made one. It wasn't anything except for ballplayers. It wasn't anything special at all. We just made plays."

Darrell Hazell roamed the Kent State sideline one more time in the Golden Flashes' first bowl game since 1972. He is leaving the program to take over at Purdue.

Thompson, a veteran defensive coordinator, coached the Red Wolves after Gus Malzahn left to take the Auburn job last month. It was the second straight season Arkansas State had to play its bowl game without the coach that led it to a Sun Belt championship -- Hugh Freeze left for Mississippi in 2011 before last year's GoDaddy.com Bowl, which the Red Wolves lost 38-20 to Northern Illinois.

The results were much better this time -- and the defensive-minded Thompson was especially pleased with that side of the ball.

Arkansas State's offense was dominant during the last half of the regular season, averaging more than 41 points during a seven-game winning streak.

But the Red Wolves had to rely on their defense in this one while the offense slowly warmed up. Kent State took a 7-0 lead on Dri Archer's 16-yard touchdown run and the margin could have been worse, but Arkansas State linebacker Nathan Herrold picked off a tipped pass in the end zone to end a promising drive for the Golden Flashes.

David Oku rushed for a tying 10-yard touchdown with 5:40 remaining in the second quarter, and then Aplin hit McKissic for a 31-yard touchdown minutes later to make it 14-7.

"Our offense did exactly what it was supposed to do," Thompson said. "They did a great job. Ryan Aplin took some shots -- I guess I can say it now -- some unnecessary shots that weren't good. But our defense -- we've got men over there. Grown men."

Kent State responded with a 42-yard field goal by Freddy Cortez just before halftime. The teams traded field goals in the third quarter, but neither team could score in the fourth.

The Golden Flashes put together one last drive in the final minutes, with Keith completing a clutch 15-yard pass over the middle on fourth down with less than two minutes remaining. He was headed for another fourth-down conversion just four plays later, but was tripped up on a scramble deep in Arkansas State territory. The Red Wolves then began to celebrate on their sideline.

"I saw their defense drop back really fast, and I thought I had enough room to get the first down," Keith said. "But they were able to get me on the ankle."

It was a disappointing end to an otherwise breakthrough season for Kent State, which set a school record with 11 victories, including a 10-game winning streak that lasted nearly three months. But they dropped their last two games, including a 44-37 double-overtime loss to Northern Illinois on Nov. 30 in the Mid-American Conference championship.

One reason Kent State was able to win 11 games was a dynamic rushing attack that averaged more than 250 yards per game. But the duo of Archer and Trayion Durham didn't have a particularly good game against the Red Wolves.

Archer, who missed much of the second half with an apparent injury, led the Golden Flashes with 77 yards rushing while Durham added 68.

Aplin completed 21 of 30 passes in his final college game. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior owns nearly every school passing record and is the Sun Belt two-time player of the year.

This wasn't one of his most spectacular games, but he was consistent, made very few mistakes and had no turnovers.

That was no small feat against Kent State, which led the nation with 38 takeaways coming into the game. The Golden Flashes couldn't get one against the Red Wolves.

"That was a huge part of our game plan," Aplin said. "We knew we couldn't afford to give them momentum. Our guys did a great job taking care of the ball and giving our defense a chance to help us win."

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Kent State met Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile, Ala., Sunday. They lost. But what didn't get lost were the "eagle eyes" the Golden Flashes wore on their helmets.

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News Headline: Servicemen's heroism links Kent State football and Mobile (Nielsen) | Attachment Email

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News OCR Text: MOBILE, Alabama -- The Kent State football team is in Mobile for tonight's GoDaddy.com Bowl. After the game, the Golden Flashes will head home, but there will remain a link between the team and the Port City for as long as there is a United States of America, a bond forged by the bravery and heroism of two men who made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation.

At Kent State's Dix Stadium stands a monument to U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jack Rittichier. The Golden Flashes' football
MVP earns the Lt. Jack Columbus Rittichier Award.

As you might imagine, Rittichier played football for Kent State. He was a running back and a punter, good enough to be an All-MAC second-team running back in 1954 when the Golden Flashes made their first bowl appearance.

Yet, the monument and trophy aren't testaments to his skill on the football field. Rittichier was the only Coast Guard aviator killed in Vietnam. He died trying to rescue a downed U.S. pilot.

"It's just a great honor to have one of our players representing his name and all he stood for - paying the ultimate price," Kent State athletic director Joel Nielsen said of the football award.

Rittichier's co-pilot on that final mission was U.S. Air Force Capt. Richard "Dick" Yeend Jr., a native of Mobile. Yeend and two other crewmembers also died in the rescue attempt.

An Ohio high school star, Ritticher went to Kentucky to play for coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. An injury landed him in prep school and that led to Kent State. His 90-yard run against Bowling Green is considered the play that propelled the Golden Flashes to the first of their two previous bowl appearances - the 1954 Refrigerator Bowl.

After serving as the captain of Kent State's 1955 football team and 1956 track and field team, Rittichier, who had been in Air Force ROTC, went into the Air Force, where he was trained to fly the B-47 Stratojet and assigned to the Strategic Air Command's 340th Bomber Wing.

Rittichier reached the rank of captain, before leaving the Air Force in 1962. He wasn't through as a pilot, though. He joined the Coast Guard to fly search-and-rescue missions.

Rittichier wound up in Vietnam by pioneering an exchange program with the U.S. Air Force Rescue Service. The Air Force assigned him to the 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron at DaNang in South Vietnam flying the Sikorsky HH-3E helicopter on combat rescue missions. (The Coast Guard maintains a website with transcripts of Rittichier's mission reports as well as tapes of him reading the reports.)

Rittichier had earned three Distinguished Flying Crosses in less than a month when a U.S. Marine Corps A-4 Skyhawk went down near a North Vietnamese staging area on June 9, 1968.

The pilot, 1st Lt. Walter R. Schmidt, had ejected but reported he'd suffered a broken leg.

Initial rescue efforts were turned back by enemy fire and the eventual need to refuel.

Rittichier was a command pilot on the next rescue attempt, with Yeend as co-pilot, Air Force Staff Sgt. Elmer L. Holden as flight engineer and Air Force Sgt. James D. Locker as the parajumper.

Because of Schmidt's injury, Locker would have to be lowered from the helicopter to retrieve him. But that made the mission even more dangerous, since the "Jolly Green Giant" would have to hover during the rescue, making it a stationery target for the enemy.

Radio contact had been lost with Schmidt about four hours after his plane went down, so the rescuers did not know if he was still alive and/or if the North Vietnamese were using him for bait.

Now, six-and-one-half hours after Schmidt had ejected, Locker said he saw the pilot on the ground, unmoving and partially covered by his parachute. But just as Locker was ready to begin his descent, the hovering helicopter was riddled with enemy fire. Rittichier tried to set it down in a nearby clearing, but the disabled craft instead suddenly lost altitude and exploded on the ground.

Its crew was dead. They were listed as: "Killed in action. Body not recovered."

Schmidt is still listed as MIA.

Thirty-four years later, a Joint Task Force-Full Accounting Investigation team located the helicopter crash site in Laos and recovered the remains of the crew.

Rittichier was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery on Oct. 6, 2003. He was buried on Captains Hill, a section of the cemetery reserved for the Coast Guard's best commanders and greatest heroes.

Yeend also came home, back to Mobile.

He had been in the Air Force almost five years when he was assigned to duty in Vietnam. He was killed about four months after his arrival in Southeast Asia.

Four months short of 30 when he died, Yeend was a graduate of McGill Institute and Auburn. He came back with the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Force Medal with four oak-leaf clusters, Purple Heart and National Defense, Vietnam Service and Vietnam Campaign medals.

His four siblings, the children of Mary Grace Flynn Yeend and Richard C. "Bud" Yeend, held a private memorial service for their brother. They all still live in the area - his brothers Mike, Patrick and Tom, and his sister, Lynn Johnson. Their father died in 1984, followed by their mother 10 years later.

About a month after the family's private service, a ceremony was held on what would have been Yeend's 65th birthday at the Lower Alabama Vietnam Veterans Memorial at USS Battleship Alabama Memorial Park.

"Today, we salute a hero. We salute his family," said the keynote speaker, retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Jeremiah Denton of Mobile, who had been a prisoner of the North Vietnamese for seven years and seven months.

"After 35 years up there (in heaven)," Denton said, ''he has been promoted to a four-star general or at least to an archangel."

The emotional speaker went on to tell the Vietnam veterans attending that they did not lose the war. Denton said because the Soviet Union provided so much financial support for the North Vietnamese, it sent the USSR on its way to financial collapse, thus ending the Cold War.

''You won," Denton said, his voice cracking.

Until being made aware of it by Jim Loomis due Kent State's visit to Mobile for the GoDaddy.com Bowl, Mike Yeend said his family did not know of the connection between the team and his brother. With Rittichier, Loomis was one of the 10 Coast Guard's Vietnam combat rescue pilots, and he later served at Mobile's Coast Guard station from 1970 through 1973.

"I knew the names of the members of the crew, of course," Yeend said, "but I never knew (Rittichier) played football for Kent State."

Yeend said it's important for the price paid by his brother, Rittichier and all the others that have died in service to the nation to be remembered.

"I've always appreciated any recognition of my brother's sacrifice," he said, "and the sacrifice of my parents in losing a son."

When asked if he would be rooting for Kent State when the Golden Flashes play Arkansas State in tonight's game in Mobile, Yeend answered: "Yes, absolutely. I don't want to pull against Arkansas State, but I had no idea about this connection to Kent State."

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News OCR Text: MOBILE, Alabama - Of all the road trips to make, Kent State's April Goss is involved in the biggest one of the season. And she couldn't be happier.

Goss, a walk-on kicker for the Golden Flashes, only dressed out for home games this season, her first with the team. She didn't make the travel squad. But for bowl games, teams are allowed to take the entire team so Goss' first road trip as a Kent State player is for the GoDaddy.com Bowl, the school's first bowl appearance in 40 years.

It's also the school's first bowl game with a woman on the roster.

The 5-foot-4, 116-pound sophomore (who is a freshman in eligibility) kicked for two years at Hopewell High School in Aliquippa, Pa. When her high school career was over Goss had the urge to keep playing, to continue kicking. So when she was deciding what college to attend, in the back of her mind she also considered attempting to earn a spot on that school's football team as a walk-on kicker.

"When I was done (with her high school career) I realized I didn't really finish,'' Goss said. "I still had something in me that said, 'I want to keep going, I want to keep playing.' After high school football, that's when I started focusing in on where I wanted to go to school. I took some visits and I looked at Kent State. Both times I visited there was a foot of snow on the ground but there was something that clicked and I said, 'This is where I want to go to school.'

"As soon as my high school career was over I went right back to work. I told myself, 'I'm kicking in college. That's happening.' As soon as I got to campus in the fall I went to the football office and filled out a walk-on form and it's been that way ever since.''

Goss received a letter from the football office in November of her freshman season last year inviting her to try out for the team during spring practice.

"They welcomed me pretty openly and there was nothing like, 'Are you sure?' or anything like that,'' Goss said. "They were so kind and so welcoming. I didn't find out that I would have a tryout until November. That's when I got a letter that I was official. I ended up trying out in the spring. As soon as I got on that field the guys were awesome. They were so nice and they were so kind.

"It was very tough because I feel like I got a lot of reaction when I wanted to play high school football and even more reaction when I wanted to play college. There was a point when I felt like I was the only one who believed in myself, but that's the most important thing. From there, everything else comes along. It was tough and it was hard but it makes you stronger. That's what a university is supposed to do.''

Goss has not appeared in a game this season. But she has become a part of the team and, according to head coach Darrell Hazell, she has shown solid improvement from last spring to the end of this season.

"You like April because she just blends in with the rest of the guys and they've just treated her so well,'' Hazell said. "She's done an unbelievable job of getting better each week, so she's just one of the family.''

This week, the family trip is to Mobile for Sunday's GoDaddy.com Bowl game against Arkansas State. Goss said she has enjoyed everything about the trip thus far.

"It's been absolutely incredible,'' she said. "This has been my first time getting to travel with the team and it's a great time to get to do that. Everything that's going on, there's a lot to look forward to, especially the game. This is what we all wanted. And we all to get dress (out for the game), so that makes it exciting.''

It is Goss' plan to dress out for more games and hopefully to participate in future games as the team's extra-point and field goal kicker.

"I still have two more years that I'll be here,'' she said. "I look forward to those two years and being with the team and to get my degree. It's weird to think that I'm already a sophomore. Everything is going so fast, but looking back to where I started and how far I've come, it's just so exciting.''

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News OCR Text: MOBILE, Alabama - Kent State hasn't played in a bowl in 40 years. Arkansas State played in the GoDaddy.com Bowl last year. But they have one thing in common: Neither school has won a major-college bowl.

One of them will tonight when they square off in the GoDaddy.com Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The game kicks off at 8.

No. 25 Kent State (11-2) most recently went bowling at the 1972 Tangerine Bowl, where the Golden Flashes - one of whom was current Alabama coach Nick Saban - lost to Tampa 21-18. The only other bowl in Kent State history is the 1954 Refrigerator Bowl - a 19-7 loss to Delaware.

"It's a huge bowl game for us, obviously," Kent State coach Darrell Hazell said. "It's been 40 years for Kent State. It's going to be exciting for us. Our players are nipping at the bit right now."

Arkansas State (9-3) suffered a 38-20 loss to Northern Illinois in last year's GoDaddy.com Bowl. The Red Wolves' only other major-college bowl trip is a 31-20 loss to Southern Miss in the 2005 New Orleans Bowl.

"They were here last year, and there's some unfinished business," Arkansas State interim head coach John Thompson said of the Red Wolves. "I think last year there was so much inexperience in the bowl process and in what they were going through. Our players aren't allowing that this year."

Kent State won the Mid-American Conference East Division title before falling to Northern Illinois 44-37 in double overtime in the MAC championship game, a victory that propelled the Huskies to the Orange Bowl.

Arkansas State captured the Sun Belt Conference championship and carries a seven-game winning streak into the GoDaddy.com Bowl.

Arkansas State averaged scoring 36 points per game this season - one more than Kent State did. Both teams have given up an average of 25 points per game this season.

But the teams arrived at those so similar statistics in different ways.

On offense, Arkansas State has two-time Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year Ryan Aplin, the league's all-time passing leader, at quarterback, with 1,000-yard rusher David Oku, a Tennessee transfer, in the backfield. Kent State has two 1,000-yard rushers - elusive Dri Archer and wrecking ball Trayion Durham. The Golden Flashes are the only team in the nation with two ball-carriers who have run for at least 1,220 yards this season.

On defense, Arkansas State led the Sun Belt Conference in scoring defense and is one of six teams in the nation that has not given up a play from scrimmage longer than 60 yards this season. Kent State is yielding an average of 276.5 yards per game through the air, which ranks 110th nationally. But the Golden Flashes came into the bowl season tied with Oregon for the national lead in takeaways with 38 and interceptions with 23, led by the four of safety Luke Wollett. Thirteen Kent State players have intercepted passes this season.

"We do give up some big plays on defense through the air, but they do a good job in the red zone," Hazell said. "We've allowed them to move down the field a little bit, and it gets you a little bit frustrated. But they really step it up as soon as they get inside the 25-yard line. We've been able to take the ball away from teams a lot of times this year."

Aplin has completed 254 of 375 passes for 3,110 yards and 23 touchdowns this season, with 92 of his completions going to freshman wide receiver J.D. McKissic, a former Central-Phenix City standout. Aplin has thrown only four interceptions this season. In last year's GoDaddy.com Bowl, Northern Illinois picked him off three times.

"We feel like we've got a very good football team," Thompson said. "We've got an explosive offense, and our defense has gotten better and better. We're playing a very tough football team that has tremendous speed on offense, and they lead the country in takeaways on defense. It's going to be a great matchup."

Archer is the 2012 consensus All-American kick returner/all-purpose player. In addition to 1,352 rushing yards - achieved at a rate of 9.0 yards per carry - Archer averaged 35.8 yards per kickoff return and carried three back all the way.

He's the only player in the country with as many as 13 runs from scrimmage of at least 30 yards, with more than 1,300 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards, and with a passing, receiving, rushing and kick-return touchdown this season. Archer has scored 22 TDs and thrown a scoring pass in the 2012 campaign.

At 250 pounds, Durham provides a hard-nosed change of pace to Archer's speed. He's rushed for 1,248 yards and 14 touchdowns on 256 carries this season.

Both backs do their damage behind left offensive tackle Brian Winters, who'll be back in Mobile later this month to play in the Senior Bowl.

"You put the tape on (of Kent State) and your eyes go to three players immediately on their roster," Thompson said. "You look at Archer, and his speed is absolutely amazing, and you realize right then that that's a special player that you've got to get a lot of eyes on.

"Then it goes to the power back Durham at fullback. So they just pound you there, and he can get the ball outside, too.

"Then you go to their offensive line, and their left tackle is probably the best that we've seen all year long and that includes Nebraska. He is a great, great player."

For the fifth consecutive year, a GoDaddy.com Bowl team comes into Mobile under the direction of someone other than their regular-season head coach. Thompson is Arkansas State's defensive coordinator. He step into the lead role for the bowl when Gus Malzahn left to take the reins at Auburn after one season with the Red Wolves.

Arkansas State has been through this before. The Red Wolves were without Hugh Freeze for last year's GoDaddy.com Bowl after he left to take the top job at Ole Miss.

"It all goes back to our players," said Thompson, who'll return next season as Arkansas State's defensive coordinator on the staff of new coach Bryan Harsin. "The players are the ones who actually go through it. Everybody else might be going in different directions, but the players sometimes get forgotten about through this transition. Our guys have been phenomenal in how they've handle everything."

Kent State also could have had an interim head coach, since Hazell has been hired as Purdue's coach. But he's handled the Golden Flashes' bowl practices and will be on the sidelines a final time with his players tonight.

"We're very close, and it's going to be our last time together, so it will be an emotional night for us, all of us," Hazell said.

Kent State also will charge onto the field in gold helmets for the first time since the 1978 season. Hazell has had a gold helmet on display since he became the Golden Flashes coach, promising the players that they would wear them when Kent State went bowling again.

Kent State hasn't played since Nov. 30. Arkansas State ended its regular season on Dec. 1.

Hazell said Kent State has tried to prepare so tonight's game will feel like the 14th of the Golden Flashes' season and not the first. Thompson said the Red Wolves just want to play against someone other than other Red Wolves.

"This is a long time,' Thompson said. "It's 36 or 37 days (since the previous game), and that's an interesting way to have to prepare.

"I think we've gotten better (at practice), but it's hard to tell. You get so familiar with an opponent, I think our guys -- I hate to use the word -- are a little bit bored of practicing against each other. We're very excited about getting to the field and getting ready to play."

The game will be televised by ESPN.

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News Headline: Arkansas State stops Kent State for 17-13 victory in GoDaddy.com Bowl (with photo gallery) | Attachment Email

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News OCR Text: MOBILE, Alabama - Arkansas State came into the 2012 season with a T-shirt motto of "Unfinished Business." The Red Wolves took care of that business on Sunday night, claiming the first major-college bowl victory in school history by beating No. 25 Kent State 17-13 in the GoDaddy.com Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

It wasn't until the final minute of the game, however, that Arkansas State (10-3) was sure that its 2012 season wouldn't end the same way as its 2011 campaign did - with a loss in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.

On a fourth-and-8 scramble from the Arkansas State 25-yard line, Kent State quarterback Spencer Keith was brought down by Arkansas State linebacker Qushaun Lee of Prattville 3 yards short of the first down.

"From a game standpoint, that was a good one," Arkansas State interim head coach John Thompson said. "Our guys stepped up with a minute to go and we had to make plays."

Arkansas State ran out the final 52 seconds of the game to complete its first victory over a ranked team before an announced crowd of 37,913.

The final series wasn't the first time the Red Wolves turned back Kent State. On its first possession of the game, Kent State (11-3) marched 69 yards for a first down on the Arkansas State 1-yard line. The big play was a 32-yard run by Julian Durden, but he was dragged down by Arkansas State's Don Jones of Town Camp just short of the goal line.

The Red Wolves stacked up 250-pound Trayion Durham on consecutive runs, pushing him back to the 3-yard line, and linebacker Nathan Herrold intercepted Spencer Keith's pass in the end zone after it had been tipped by Lee.

"Probably the play of the game was when Q tipped the pass and Herrold intercepted it," Thompson said.

After only the second scoreless first quarter in GoDaddy.com Bowl history, both offenses were on the move in the second quarter.

Kent State speedster Dri Archer ran 16 yards on a double reverse for a touchdown with 12:10 left in the first half. He set up his score with a 44-yard run to the Arkansas State 22-yard line.

Archer finished the game with 77 yards on nine carries and four receptions for 22 yards after he hurt a knee in the first half. He came out of the game for good in the third quarter.

"It was a bad play and I landed on it in the first half," Archer said. "I kept trying to go and it happened again, and I could only hobble around on it in the second half. I knew it would hurt my team if I stayed out there, so I couldn't go anymore."

The Red Wolves got their points in a three-possession flurry, scoring on their final two possessions of the first half and their first series of the second half.

Arkansas State quarterback Ryan Aplin had completed three of his eight passes for 25 yards until running off 10 consecutive completions for 112 yards in the Red Wolves' two touchdown drives from their no-huddle attack.

Aplin threw three interceptions in Arkansas State's 38-20 loss to Northern Illinois in last year's GoDaddy.com Bowl. He threw only four this season and was spotless in this year's bowl, even though Kent State had intercepted a national high of 23 passes. The Golden Flashes also were tied for the national lead with 38 takeaways.

"That's a very good football team," Thompson said of Kent State, "and I don't think they got any turnovers tonight. They led the country with 38. Our offense did exactly what they were expected to do."

Arkansas State marched 60 yards in nine plays to tie the game on running back David Oku's 10-yard burst up the middle with 5:40 left in the half. Aplin completed all four of his passes on the touchdown march, with three going to freshman J.D. McKissic.

Aplin capped a nine-play, 88-yard drive with a 31-yard throw on the run to McKissic - his 10th straight completion -- with 1:13 left in the half.

"The pace that our offense set ... I think really took the wind out of them a little bit," Thompson said. "I think that was a major factor."

Aplin finished 21 of 30 for 213 yards. McKissic caught 11 passes for 113 yards.

"I think a big thing was how well our defense played tonight," Aplin said. "They got off the field, and we wanted to put some points up for them.

"You know how that saying goes: Defense wins championships. And it did tonight."

Keith completed a couple of passes good for 32 yards to get Kent State in field-goal possession with time running out, and Freddy Cortez kicked through a 42-yarder with 19 seconds left in the first half.

A strange play started Arkansas State's final scoring series. Punt returner Rocky Hayes fumbled as Kent State was flagged for interfering with his ability to field the ball. The Red Wolves declined that penalty, though, because Derek Keaton came out of the scramble for the ball and ran 24 yards to the Arkansas State 45.

Kent State linebacker Luke Batton stopped Oku for a 1-yard loss on third-and-2 at the Golden Flashes' 7, bringing on Arkansas State's Brian Davis for a 25-yard field goal and a 17-10 lead for the Red Wolves with 8:35 left in the third quarter.

Because Arkansas State did not want its kickoffs to be returned by Archer, the Red Wolves pooch-kicked all game. Kent State started its next series at its 41-yard line after making a fair catch on the kickoff. The good start resulted in only a 26-yard field goal by Cortez with 1:44 left in the third quarter.

Kent State had a second-and-5 at the ASU 7, but Don Jones threw Archer for a 2-yard loss, and an incomplete pass brought out the field-goal unit.

The teams traded four punts in the fourth quarter - including a 63-yarder by Kent State's Anthony Melchiori - before the Golden Flashes launched their final drive from their 23-yard line.

Aided by a facemask penalty on a completion to Chris Humphrey, Kent State was in Arkansas State territory in two plays. Keith hit Matthew Hurdle across the middle for a 15-yard gain to the ASU 27 on fourth-and-8.

Keith completed the pass even though he was drilled by ASU defensive back Tausean Holmes as he threw. Keith left the game for one play - a 2-yard run by Durham - before returning to throw two incompletions that set up Lee's victory-securing tackle - his 13th stop of the game.

"Hindsight is 20-20," Keith said. "Maybe I should have stood in there another second. But I saw them dropping back and thought I could make it."

Aplin was named the game's MVP. McKissic was the Offensive MVP, Lee the Defensive MVP and Arkansas State punter Ryan Wilbourne the Special Teams MVP.

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News OCR Text: Mobile, AL -- The Arkansas State Red Wolves will try to close out their season with an eighth consecutive win as they tangle with the Kent State Golden Flashes in the GoDaddy.com Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama on Sunday night.

"Making history at Kent State, that's a big thing for all of us to leave all our names behind," tight end Tim Erjavec said. "And we have a chance to make history to win the first bowl game at Kent State so that's something we're really looking forward to do."

Kent State would be playing in a BCS bowl had it not suffered a heartbreaking 44-37 double overtime loss to Northern Illinois in the Mid-American Conference Championship.

The setback to the Huskies snapped the Golden Flashes' 10-game winning streak and dropped their overall record to 11-2 with an 8-1 mark in league play.

Still, KSU's 2012 season was surprisingly successful and it will be making its first appearance in a bowl game since 1972. Coach Darrell Hazell's tremendous job of turning around the team that finished 2011 with a 5-7 record yielded multiple job offers and he decided to begin a new chapter of his career as Purdue's head coach.

"The players in our locker room and the coaches in our locker room have made this entire season special with a tremendous belief system and a never quit attitude," said Hazell. "It is a very, very tight locker room and I can't put into words how proud I am of this football team and the organization."

Kent State hired alum Paul Haynes, who spent this past season as Arkansas's defensive coordinator, as its new head coach, but Hazell will be on the sidelines to lead the Golden Flashes one final time before heading to West Lafayette.

Arkansas State will not have its head coach Gus Malzahn, who will take over the prestigious Auburn program after leading the Red Wolves to their second consecutive Sun Belt Conference championship.

Defensive coordinator John Thompson will serve as ASU's interim coach for this contest. Thompson inherits a team than finished the regular season with 9-3 overall including a 7-1 mark in SBC play. The Red Wolves have won their last seven contests since losing their league opener to Western Kentucky, and their other two losses came on the road at Oregon (57-34) and Nebraska (42-13).

'Our team played its best game in the biggest moment," Malzahn said after leading the team to a 45-0 rout of Middle Tennessee to clinch the SBC Championship. "I'm so proud of our players and coaches. The defense just did an unbelievable job. We are playing our best football right now, and that's what we need."

This will be the first meeting in history between these schools on the gridiron.

Kent State used a dynamic rushing attack to put up 228.3 yards per game on the ground on its way to 34.6 points per game. The Golden Flashes' junior tailback Dri Archer is the biggest home run threat in the nation and was named to a Walter Camp First Team All-American after gaining 9.1 yards per carry, which is the highest single-season average this century by a player with at least 150 carries.

The elusive and speedy rusher finished the regular season with 1,352 yards and 15 touchdowns on 150 carries.

The Red Wolves will also have to stop Archer in the passing game as he leads the team with 539 yards and four TDs on 35 receptions. He is also the nation's most productive kick returner with 573 yards and three TDs on 15 returns.

If Archer was not enough to worry about, his teammate Trayion Durham effectively complements him with a power running style. Durham racked up 1,248 yards and 14 TDs on 256 carries.

Spencer Keith will be under center for the Golden Flashes. The senior QB has provided leadership as the team's signal caller, but he has been struggling down the stretch. Keith was picked off six times in the final four games after only throwing three interceptions in the first nine contests. He still enters the bowl game with a decent season stat line of 1,864 yards and 12 touchdowns to nine interceptions on 166-of-300 passing.

The Golden Flashes are not quite as tough on the other side of the ball with allowed averages of 419.9 yards and 25.1 points per outing.

However, Kent State forced 35 turnovers to finish second in the nation in turnover ratio (+ 1.62). The defensive unit was better against the run, as it ranked 40th in the FBS and third in the MAC with 143.4 rushing yards allowed per game.

Senior LB Luke Batton anchored the defense with 132 total stops, two interceptions, and one fumble return for a score. Junior DB Luke Wollet has made an impact all year long as well to register with 108 tackles, four interceptions, and one 83-yard fumble return for six points.

During its current seven-game win streak, Arkansas State has put up 34 points or more in every game. It had the highest scoring offense in the Sun Belt with an average of 36.4 ppg. The team racked up 512 yards of total offense its regular-season finale versus Middle Tennessee to eclipse the 500-yard mark in total yards of offense for the seventh time this season.

Ryan Aplin was named the SBC Offensive Player of the Year leading the SBC in passing yards with 3,129,yards and 23 TDS to just four interceptions. The senior signal caller passed for 300 yards or more in three straight games before ending the regular season with 238 yards and three touchdowns on an efficient 19-of-21 passing against the Blue Raiders.

David Oku (1,024 yards) has been at the center of the team's fantastic rushing attack that has racked up more than 2,600 yards. Oku's 15 rushing touchdowns are the most in the conference. Rocky Hayes has been potent on limited touches, with an incredible 481 yards on just 50 carries for 9.6 yards per carry.

J.D. McKissic is the top option for Aplin in the passing attack. The wideout has reeled in 92 receptions for 904 yards and four TDs. The second most frequent receiver for ASU is Josh Jarboe, who has made 47 catches for 546 yards and four scores. Julian Jones is the team's top red zone threat as his team- leading total of seven touchdown grabs accounts for more than half of his receptions.

The Red Wolves are ranked second in the SBC in total defense (386.5 ypg) and first in scoring defense (25.4 ppg). The unit allowed only 203 yards of total offense and shut the Blue Raiders out in the regular-season finale.

Nathan Herrold was one of the linebackers on the All-Sun Belt First Team after he registered 109 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, three interceptions, and two fumble recoveries. Tim Starson has recorded team-highs in both tackles for loss (12.5) and sacks (4.5).

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http://www.wkyc.com/news/article/277018/45/Kent-State-takes-on-Arkansas-State-in-GoDaddycom-Bowl

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News Headline: ASU tops No. 25 Kent St. 17-13 in GoDaddy.com Bowl | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/07/2013
Outlet Full Name: WKYC-TV
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News OCR Text: MOBILE, Ala. -- Ryan Aplin threw for 213 yards and a touchdown, J.D. McKissic caught 11 passes for 113 yards and Arkansas State edged No. 25 Kent State 17-13 to win the GoDaddy.com Bowl on Sunday night.

Arkansas State's usually prolific offense struggled against Kent State, but the consistent Aplin-to-McKissic connection and a stingy defense was enough to help the Red Wolves to their first bowl win since joining the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1992.

Kent State was driving late in the game when quarterback Spencer Keith tried to scramble on fourth down and was stopped a few yards short of the marker with 52 seconds left.

Neither team scored a touchdown in the second half.

The Golden Flashes were playing in their first bowl game since 1972.

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News Headline: (VIDEO) Kent State, Arkansas State Players and Coaches Meet for Luncheon (Sokany) | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/07/2013
Outlet Full Name: Local 15 News at 10 PM - WPMI-TV
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) Kent State and Arkansas State players and coaches met for lunch aboard the Battleship Saturday.

It was part luncheon, part meet and greet for the fans, plus a tour of the ship.

"I think we're all really excited. It's been 40 years since Kent State's been in a bowl game, so there's a tremendous amount of pride, and excitement to be down here after such an amazing season," said Steve Sokany with Kent State.

To view video, please click on link:
http://www.local15tv.com/news/local/story/Kent-State-Arkansas-State-Players-and-Coaches/lQaI7Morrk6_EsO1ZN4OBQ.cspx

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News Headline: (AUDIO) Kent State football ends season with bowl loss (Hazell) | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/07/2013
Outlet Full Name: WKSU-FM
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: Golden Flashes fall to Arkansas State in GoDaddy.com Bowl

Kent State came up short in the GoDaddy.com Bowl yesterday. The Golden Flashes lost to Arkansas State 17-13. It was an uphill battle for most of the game after losing All-American running back Dri Archer following a second quarter knee injury.

In his final press conference as Kent State head coach, Darrell Hazell cited a lack of big plays close to the end zone as a major reason for the loss. And he said it will be hard leaving Kent on a losing note.

“Obviously I have some strong feelings for the guys right down the hallway here, gonna miss those guys a lot, so it's a rough one.”

Hazell moves on to his new job as head coach at Purdue starting today. It may have also been Archer's last game at Kent State. He's thinking about entering the NFL Draft a year early.

To listen to audio, please click on link:
http://www.wksu.org/news/story/34272

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News Headline: KSU, NEOMED scientists collaborate on program (McGimpsey, Malcuit, Kim) | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/05/2013
Outlet Full Name: Vindicator - Online
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News OCR Text: A team of scientists from Kent State University and Northeast Ohio Medical University has begun collaboration on the development of a macrophage targeted mesenchymal stem-cell therapy for tissue regeneration and wound healing, a fast-growing research area and major medical challenge.

The $120,000 internally funded program, with equal contributions from both Kent State and NEOMED, will support a post-doctoral researcher for a period of two years and is part of Kent State's new internal post doctoral fellow seed program.

The team of principal investigators for this project is Min-Ho Kim and Christopher Malcuit, professors from Kent State's new bioengineering program in the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology (formerly known as the College of Technology) and Fayez F. Safadi, professor of anatomy and neurobiology and Ohio Research Scholar at NEOMED.

“Post-operative wounds or chronic wounds caused by underlying disease or lowered immunity have high morbidity and significant mortality,” said Grant McGimpsey, Kent State's vice president for research.

“Finding ways to address these problems based on regenerative medicine approaches is an exciting effort, and I am very excited about our growing research relationship with NEOMED.

“The Northeast Ohio region is rich in biomedical research and development opportunities, and it is imperative that research institutions like Kent State and NEOMED develop strong partnerships in order to bring our combined expertise to bear on important medical challenges.

“This project is one example of what I expect to be a growing number of inter-institutional relationships in our region. The particular project that Professors Kim, Malcuit and Safadi are pursuing is an excellent example of the kinds of collaborative partnerships we want to create,” McGimpsey said.

Malcuit expressed his appreciation for the collaboration.

“I am grateful and honored by the combined support from both Kent State University and NEOMED in fostering this exciting interdisciplinary project to identify therapeutic targets to treat individuals suffering from acute and chronic wounds,” he said. “I envision the successful outcome of this collaboration to be just the beginning of much larger future research efforts between our two institutions in the area of regenerative medicine.”

Safadi also is enthusiastic.

“It is a great opportunity to initiate such collaboration with the talented faculty at Kent State,” he said. “I am very excited about this program, and we are on our way to develop a great relationship with Kent State.”

For Kim, the partnership between the two institutions creates great opportunity.

“This is a really valuable opportunity in that this research partnership can bring together and maximize the research strengths in stem-cell/ tissue engineering at Kent State and in biomedical sciences at NEOMED,” he said.

Walter E. Horton Jr., vice president for research and dean of the College of Graduate Studies at NEOMED, said the program helps the working relationship between the two institutions for future ongoing research partnerships.

“This is a very important first step in building ongoing research collaboration between Kent State University and NEOMED,” he said.

“Both Kent State and NEOMED have strengths in bioscience research, and by working together, we can more rapidly identify breakthroughs that will improve the health and economic vitality of our region,” Horton said.

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News Headline: ALONG THE WAY: KSU still tops in Northeast Ohio | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/06/2013
Outlet Full Name: Record-Courier - Online
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: Kent State University continues to be the largest university in Northeastern Ohio in terms of enrollment, according to the annual Book of Lists, published by Crain's Cleveland Business, which is just out.

Crain's reports KSU's enrollment at 31,073 full-time equivalent students. Following Kent are the University of Akron, with reported enrollment of 22,430 students, Cuyahoga Community College with 17,687 students, Cleveland State with 17,563 students, and Youngstown State with 11,171 students.

Private colleges and universities nearly always have smaller enrollments. According to Crain's, the largest private college in Northeastern Ohio is Case Western Reserve with 9,259 students. Hiram College placed 20th on the list with 1,295 full-time equivalent students and Mount Union placed 15th with 2,235 students.

Three Portage County institutions show up on the Crain's list of 100 largest employers in Northeastern Ohio.

Kent State University placed 17th on that list with its reported 5,085 employees. It is joined by Robinson Memorial Hospital with its reported 1,095 employees, which puts Robinson at 82nd place. Portage County, with 983 employes, comes in at 90th, according to Crain's.

Crain's also lists the largest Northeastern Ohio hospitals, measured by net revenues and Robinson Memorial Hospital with net revenues of $121.5 million ranks 28th. Not surprisingly, the huge Cleveland Clinic tops that list with net revenues reported at more than $3.6 billion. Akron's Summa holds fourth place with a reported $655.2 million in net revenues.

Portage County apparently does not host any publicly owned company headquarters that make any Crain's list, but two companies with headquarters in Portage County are on the list of Northeast Ohio's largest privately held companies. Crain's counts The Carter Lumber Co. in Brimfield and The Davey Tree Expert Co. in Kent as occupying 11th and 12th place, respectively, as measured by sales. It shows Carter's annual revenues at $671.4 million and Davey's at $646.1 million.

Portage banks make the list

Crain's list of the largest banks headquartered in Northeastern Ohio not surprisingly includes KeyBank, PNC, Huntington and FirstMerit, however a locally owned bank, Portage Community Bank, shows up on the list, too.With deposits reported at $231.8 million, it is ranked 18th in size out of 37 banks. Amazingly, Portage Community Bank is only 15 years old.

Another locally owned Portage County bank, Hometown Bank, is on the Crain's list of Northeast Ohio's largest savings institutions. Hometown occupies the No. 12 slot with its deposits reported at $129.2 million.

Only one financial planning operation with headquarters in Portage County is on a list of largest financial planners: Hudson Financial Advisors, located on Wellman Road in Streetsboro. Crain's says Huntington Bank is the largest Small Business Administration lender.

Crain's list of largest not-for-profit organizations includes the Hattie Larlham Foundation, founded in Mantua, but now headquartered in Twinsburg and ranked 19th, with annual revenues of $30 million. Coleman Professional Services, with headquarters in Kent, ranks 31st on that list with annual revenues reported at $20.9 million.

Portage County has three conference centers on the Crain's list of Northeast Ohio's largest conference centers. The Kent State University Conference Bureau is ranked 15th on that list with 35,000 square feet of meeting space. The Bertram Inn and Conference Center in Aurora with 27,000 square feet of meeting space is 19th. The NEOMED Conference & Event Center is 27th on the list with 22,000 square feet of meeting space. The biggest conference or event centers on the list, are the Cleveland Convention Center with 350,000 square feet of meeting space and Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Sandusky with 210,000 square feet of meeting space.

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News Headline: Day of community service to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. | Email

News Date: 01/04/2013
Outlet Full Name: Akron Beacon Journal, The
Contact Name: Jenkins, Colette
News OCR Text: Jan. 04--Hillel at Kent State University and the university's Office of Quality Initiatives and Curriculum are organizing a day of community service to commemorate Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 21.

The initiative, called Just For a Day, encourages students, faculty, staff and community members to volunteer and give back to the community. It begins at 9 a.m. at the Cohn Jewish Student Center, 613 E. Summit St. on the college campus. Volunteers will be sent out to work at a variety of locations in Portage and Summit counties, including Hattie Larlham, the Campus Kitchen, Meals on Wheels and Freedom House. The goal is to bring a minimum of 120 volunteers together.

Just For a Day debuted on Veteran's Day 2009 and has regularly rotated between the two federal holidays. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, call 330-678-0397 or email MLKJust4aDay@gmail.com.

Hillel at Kent State is an independent nonprofit Jewish organization.

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News Headline: Day of community service to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/04/2013
Outlet Full Name: Individual.com
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: Hillel at Kent State University and the university's Office of Quality Initiatives and Curriculum are organizing a day of community service to commemorate Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 21.

The initiative, called Just For a Day, encourages students, faculty, staff and community members to volunteer and give back to the community. It begins at 9 a.m. at the Cohn Jewish Student Center, 613 E. Summit St. on the college campus. Volunteers will be sent out to work at a variety of locations in Portage and Summit counties, including Hattie Larlham, the Campus Kitchen, Meals on Wheels and Freedom House. The goal is to bring a minimum of 120 volunteers together.

Just For a Day debuted on Veteran's Day 2009 and has regularly rotated between the two federal holidays. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, call 330-678-0397 or email MLKJust4aDay@gmail.com.

Hillel at Kent State is an independent nonprofit Jewish organization.

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News Headline: Kent State Hotel Rooms, Banquet Center in Demand (Lefton) | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/07/2013
Outlet Full Name: Kent Patch
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: Calls coming in for overnight stays, conference center use at new hotel under construction downtown

It has no doors or windows yet, but already the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center is generating interest in its 94 rooms and multiple conference areas.

The new hotel is under construction in downtown Kent and isn't set to open until some time in June.

But that's not stopping local business people and Kent State alumni from booking early to be among the first to patronize the new hotel.

Kent State President Lester Lefton said the university hired a coordinator just to handle the initial bookings for the new hotel.

"We have had interest from people and groups from all over the region who want to be some of the first to stay in the new hotel," Lefton said. "It's becoming a hot commodity."

A full-service kitchen will provide meals for the 300-seat banquet center, which will include dividing walls so the room can be split for smaller weddings or parties.

A terrace at the corner of South DePeyster Street and Haymaker Parkway, with a capacity of 50 and a partial roof, will be available when guests book the board room on the second floor.

The Riley Hotel Group, based in Medina, OH, will operate the hotel and runs several in Northeast Ohio. For now, the firm is managing bookings for the Kent State hotel, which will include a 50-seat restaurant and 20 seat full bar on the first floor.

Michael Riccio, of the Riley Hotel Group, said calls started coming in last September from people who wanted to schedule their stay in the new hotel.

"We have had a little over 20 inquiries for sleeping rooms combined with meeting space to date," Riccio said. "We feel this is very positive this far out."

Riccio said requests to book the conference center have generally been for business meetings.

"We have also received requests for another five potential weddings, all of whom are Kent State alumni," he said. "I am sure this will be a great market as we move forward, as the emotional tie for couples who have met at the university is strong."

But it's not just Kent State students and parents looking to use the hotel.

Kent Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lori Wemhoff said several Kent businesses with international dealings are excited to see the new hotel open.

"I think when the influx of visitors come for the Kent Heritage Festival on July 6, there will be a number of curious people who will venture up to sneak a peek and check it out," she said. "Who knows what kind of business that could generate for people seeing it for the first time and realizing how convenient it is for both businesses and our out-of-town guests."

The Riley Group expects to finish the hotel's website this month, and it will include final rates on rooms, catering menus and restaurant offerings. Riccio expects publishing the final prices will lead to an increase in bookings and interest.

To maintain occupancy once open, Riccio said they plan to engage university parents to encourage them to use the hotel. And management at the Kent State hotel will work closely with the university's School of Hospitality.

"It is clear that the location and tie to the university has positioned the property for tremendous success, and we are very excited to have the property open and running," he said.

To make a reservation, call 330-346-0100.

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News Headline: (AUDIO) Ohio Rape Allegations Spread Through Social Media (Leach) | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/07/2013
Outlet Full Name: NPR
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: More than a thousand protesters turned up in the Ohio River town of Steubenville over the weekend, spurred by a blogging and Twitter campaign that's focused on rape allegations involving high-school football players. Social media has taken the case well beyond the small eastern Ohio town, sparking international tension.

To listen to the audio, please click on link:
http://www.npr.org/2013/01/07/168771090/ohio-rape-allegations-spread-through-social-media

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News Headline: Kent State Journalism Student is News21 Fellow (Wasbotten) | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/04/2013
Outlet Full Name: Kent Patch
Contact Name: Kent State University
News OCR Text: Daniel Moore earns prestigious fellowship

Daniel Moore, a junior majoring in newspaper journalism at Kent State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC), has been awarded the prestigious News21 Fellowship. Moore is the first JMC student to receive this honor and one of only 25 student journalists in the country selected for the paid summer fellowship, which is annually awarded to the top student journalists in the country. News21 is funded by Carnegie-KnightInitiative on the Future of Journalism Education.

The fellowship gives next-generation journalism students the opportunity to cover a national issue and have their work published in national media. This year's program will focus on the re-entry into civilian life of returning veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq.

“I am thrilled to be the first student from Kent State to participate in News 21. I've always had a passion for in-depth journalism that sheds light on dark, difficult stories. This will allow me to continue this pursuit as I report on the issues these veterans face domestically after years of war,” Moore said.  “I thank JMC Director Thor Wasbotten for having faith in me, as well as countless professors and advisers I've consulted about the program. I hope to represent Kent State well in the newsroom of the future.”

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Daniel to work with the best student journalists in the country as part of the News21 program,” said Wasbotten. “He will experience working with a team to produce stories that will be published on a national level and we could not be more proud of his success."

Moore, a former editor and reporter for the Daily Kent Stater, has previously interned with Kentucky's Lexington Herald-Leader and written for www.Kentucky.com and The News Outlet (www.thenewsoutlet.org). He is also a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors (www.ire.org).

Moore is a native of Lancaster, Ohio, and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Moore.

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News Headline: Kent State University at Stark Theatre announces Open Auditions for 'Voices from Hurt Street' | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/04/2013
Outlet Full Name: North Canton Patch
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: Kent State University at Stark Theatre has announced open auditions for the original theatrical production, Voices from Hurt Street.

Written by students from Kent State University at Stark's Devising Theatre course, this multi-genre theatre piece enacts true and personal stories of abusive relationships and social injustice that move the characters through the hopeful journey from hurt to healing. For mature audiences only.

Auditions will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. in the theatre of the Fine Arts Building, 6000 Frank Avenue NW in Jackson Township. If necessary, callbacks may be held on January 30 at 7 p.m.

Auditions are open to everyone, including students and community persons. Using a variety of dramatic techniques, cast members will have the exciting opportunity to be closely involved in the new work process and with the production's powerful subject matter. There will be opportunities for an acting ensemble of approximately a dozen adults, both male and female. The script development process and results of casting will determine the number of roles available.

The script is still in development, and only some selected excerpts (i.e.- scenes, monologues, poetry, etc.) will be available for perusal. Those auditioning can perform a prepared monologue of their choosing, or the director will assign an excerpt from the script of Voices From Hurt Street. Those people cast in the acting ensemble of the production will perform a myriad of roles in many of the dozens of pieces that comprise this multi-genre, collage-style show. The specific role and scene assignments will be made after the ensemble is cast. Those auditioning should wear clothing and footwear (no flip flops or sandals) suitable for easy movement. The auditions may also include some improvisational physical and vocal work with the director.

The production will be performed on April 12–14 and 19–21 in the Kent State Stark Theatre. Rehearsals commence on February 18 and will take place five evenings a week (including Spring Break week) until opening.

Scripts (and audition sides or scene excerpts used for the auditions) are available for perusal for periods up to 24 hours from the secretary (330-244-5151) of the Fine Arts Building, Monday through Friday, during business hours (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.). Audition appointments are recommended, but not required. Scripts and audition sides will also be available in the reserve area of the Stark Campus Library.

Technical production opportunities are also available, such as stage and assistant stage managers, assistants to lighting, scenic, sound and costume designers. For more information about these openings, contact Theatre Specialist Louis Williams at 330-244-3375.

To learn more about Kent State Stark's Theatre Department, contact Theatre Director Brian Newberg at330-244-3352 or bnewberg@kent.edu or visit www.stark.kent.edu/theatre.

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News Headline: Library starts year with business programs for entrepreneurs, students | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/06/2013
Outlet Full Name: Hudson Hub-Times - Online
Contact Name: Laura Freeman
News OCR Text: Hudson -- The library is offering several business and entrepreneur programs for adults to start the new year, as well as an investment portfolio game for middle grade students.

Leading author, speaker and strategist for content marketing and social media, Joe Pulizzi, will kick off the 2013 Winter/Spring Entrepreneurship Series of events at the Hudson Library and Historical Society Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Programs in the series are offered in January through May, and then a new series starts in the fall, she said.

The Entrepreneurship Series began in the fall of 2008, and attendance has reached 5,000 people, although some of those are repeats, according to Ellen Smith, head of reference and archives at the library.

"We draw from all over Northeast Ohio and out of state," she said. "Every series is different."

Pulizzi, founder of the Content Marketing Institute and Content Marketing World, will discuss marketing.

"Everyone has a product, but they want to know how to get it out there," Smith said. "Marketing is always the biggest demand."

At the end of each program, those attending, usually 50 to 75 people, evaluate the series and can make requests for future speakers or topics, Smith said.

The Entrepreneurship Series is sponsored by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation. Register for the free event at hudsonlibrary.org.

MBA Lite

In addition to the Entrepreneurship Series, The Hudson Library and Historical Society's Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship Research will offer its free, four-part "MBA Lite" series, featuring presenters from area businesses and universities, sponsored by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

Participants can earn certification by attending all four sessions, which start at 6:30 p.m., according to reference librarian Susan Finley. Register at hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010.

This is the fourth time the library is offering the MBA lite mini-series, Finley said.

"It's been a huge success," she said. "A handful come to all four [programs], but others pick and choose their interests."

The leadoff session on Jan. 28, will be "Driving Change in Stable Organizations" with Dr. Susan C. Hanlon, assistant dean of the College of Business Administration at The University of Akron.

"Financing for a Small Business" will be offered Feb. 11, with PNC's Business Banking Officer Jon Novak.

"Value added IP: Why Intellectual Property Adds Value to Small Business" will be Feb. 13 with Howard Wernow and John Gugliotta, registered patent attorneys. They will discuss a new law in March that will impact small business owners.

The final session Feb. 25, is "Entrepreneurial Marketing: How to Market the 'New'" with Denise Easterling, entrepreneur faculty adviser for the Collegiate Entrepreneur's Organization for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation at Kent State University.

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News Headline: 8 Kent State Employees Honored with President's Excellence Awards | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/05/2013
Outlet Full Name: Kent Patch
Contact Name: Matt Fredmonsky
News OCR Text: 2012 award includes $1,000 bonus

Kent State University President Lester Lefton honored eight of the university's employees with the 2012 President's Excellence Awards.

The award, which is based on a nomination from a fellow employee, includes a $1,000 bonus.

The 2012 awardees are:

Veronica Cook-Euell, Supplier Diversity Program Manager

Marcy Curtiss, Graduate Secretary Computer Science

Thomas Farmer, Maintenance Repair Worker Kent Student Center

Dan Karp, Executive Director, Creative ServicesUniversity Communications & Marketing

Marlo Kibler, Coordinator, University Benefits/Human Resources

Bryan Molnar, Electronic Technician Supervisor Information Services

Anissa Strickland, Associate Director Student Financial Aid

Cheryl Tennant, Academic Program Specialist Library & Information Sciences

Lefton surprised the recipients with the announcements delivered in person by the president in December.

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News Headline: Jazz trio performs Jan. 6 at Hudson library | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/06/2013
Outlet Full Name: Hudson Hub-Times - Online
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: The Hudson Library and Historical Society Music Series continues Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. with a Swing Era performance by the Bill Kenney Jazz Trio in the rotunda. Featured tunes include "Seven Come Eleven," "Air Mail Special," "Dinah," "Minor Swing," "Nuages" and "Where Or When," pieces made famous by swing clarinetist Benny Goodman, French gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and clarinetist Edmand Hall. No registration is required for this free program. For more information, call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010 or visit hudsonlibrary.org.


Program addresses anxiety in children

Dr. Christopher Flessner returns to the Hudson Library and Historical Society Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. with a second program about treating anxiety in children. He will focus on different forms of treatment available to the families of children with anxieties. He will discuss some ways to help families sort through the many treatment options and will conclude with a more detailed description of cognitive behavior therapy for children experiencing symptoms of anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder.

Dr. Flessner is an assistant professor in the department of psychology at Kent State University and director of the Child Anxiety Research (CARe) Program. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and completed his clinical internship and postdoctoral training at Brown Medical School. He is also a member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation.

There is no registration for this program. For more information, call the reference desk at 330-653-6658 ext. 1010 or email askus@hudson.lib.oh.us.

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News Headline: Kent renews contract with canoe livery at city park | Attachment Email

News Date: 01/06/2013
Outlet Full Name: Record-Courier - Online
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: The middle of a January freeze may seem like an odd time to think about canoes and kayaks, but Kent city officials acted to make sure residents have an operating livery on the Cuyahoga River this summer.

Kent City Council voted unanimously in committee to renew a contract with Crooked River Adventures, the Kent State University-sponsored canoe and kayak livery that has operated in John Brown Tannery Park for the last three years.

Under the new lease, the livery will continue to pay the city $1,050 per year to operate in the park between April and October, along with 5 percent of gross sales.

Crooked River Adventures will have the option to renew the contract in 2014 and 2015.

John Idone, director of Kent Parks and Recreation, encouraged council to approve the new lease.

"They've done a very professional job of providing the services there at a reasonable price," Idone said.

Crooked River Adventures offer two canoe and kayak routes: A 4.5-mile trip to Brust Park in Munroe Falls and a 6.5-mile trip to Waterworks Park in Cuyahoga Falls.

Prices range from $20 to $40.

Councilwoman Heidi Shaffer asked Idone whether any other livery operators had made offers to the city to run a canoe or kayak rental business at the site.

Idone said the Parks and Recreation had not been contacted by any other interested parties.

Mayor Jerry Fiala, a satisfied customer of the livery, said he believes Crooked River Adventures brings a needed service to the community.

"It's a great experience," he said.

More information about the livery can be found at www.kent.edu/crookedriver/index.cfm.

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