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The independent news website of The Kent Stater & TV2

Kent Wired

Joel Nielsen, the Kent State University athletic director, watches the Kent State womens basketball team play Purdue Fort Wayne on Nov. 16, 2019.

Nielsen will not seek to extend AD contract, set to leave June 30

After over a decade as director of athletics for Kent State, Joel Nielsen will not seek to extend his contract with the university.Nielsen’s current contract is set to expire on June 30, at which point...

Kent State softball player Lauren Kesterson throws a ball to first base during a during a double header against University of Akron on Saturday, March 30, 2013. 

Keeping up with compliance

Karl Schneider May 3, 2017

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 mandates that public universities report sexual discrimination, assault and harassment on campus. When universities do not comply with these regulations and...

Karen Linder

Linder asks court to dismiss lawsuit

Former Kent State softball coach Karen Linder petitioned the U.S. District Court to dismiss all claims against her in a lawsuit filed in February by former softball player Lauren Kesterson.Linder argues...

Former Kent State softball coach Karen Linder

Kesterson petitions Ohio Supreme Court for documents

Attorneys for Lauren Kesterson, a former Kent State softball player, petitioned the Ohio Supreme Court to compel Kent State University to produce public documents they requested in relation to a lawsuit...

Karen Linder, former Kent State softball coach.

Softball coach receives payment after resignation

Karen Linder Update from KentWired.com on Vimeo.When former Kent State softball coach Karen Linder resigned in August, she was paid a percentage of her salary, according to her resignation letter.Linder...

University investigation finds Linder should have reported player’s alleged sexual assault

Jimmy Miller February 11, 2016

A report Kent State Title IX interim coordinator Pamela Fitzgerald filed to Athletic Director Joel Nielsen in January found that if former softball coach Karen Linder hadn’t resigned in August, the Office...

Title IX requires university to investigate sexual assault claims

Emily Mills February 10, 2016

Former Kent State softball player Lauren Kesterson alleges in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the university and her former softball coach violated her Title IX rights.The suit, filed in U.S. District Court,...

Former Kent State softball player alleges rape in lawsuit

Stephen Means and Ian Flicklinger February 9, 2016

Senior integrated health studies major Lauren Kesterson, a former Kent State softball player, filed a civil lawsuit alleging she was raped by the son of former softball coach Karen Linder. Kesterson also...

Karen Linder was the head coach for the Kent State Softball team.

Kent State softball coach resigns after 18 years

Ian Flickinger August 31, 2015

Karen Linder announced she is stepping down from her position as the Flashes longstanding softball coach after 18 years.Under Linder’s supervision, Kent State softball became a national power, reaching...

Senior outfielder Kim Kirkpatrick hits a home run during the first inning of Kent States 11-3 win against Robert Morris on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

Kent State’s softball offense leads team to victory

Quentin Smith April 22, 2015

The Kent State softball team concluded its non-conference schedule on Wednesday with a dominant win over Robert Morris, 11-3.The Flashes (31-11, 9-4 Mid-American Conference) have now defeated the Colonials...

Senior outfielder Kim Kirkpatrick swings at a pitch during game 1 of Kent State’s double header against Cleveland State at the Diamond at Dix on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Kirkpatrick homered to center field, scoring two runs of Kent’s 10-5 game 1 win.

Softball dominates weekday games, pushes win streak to five games

Zac Sommer April 15, 2015

The Kent State softball team (28-9, 7-2 Mid-American Conference) increased its win streak to five after a doubleheader sweep of Cleveland State on Tuesday.Game 1: Kent State 10, Cleveland State 5Sophomore...

Kent State infielder Maddy Grimm hits a home run in the first game of a douvle header against Toledo, April 18, 2014. The Flashes won 13-0 the first game and 1-0 the second game.

A new role for Grimm: Flashes’ slugger leads from front

Taylor Rosen April 24, 2014

The way Kent State freshman infielder Maddy Grimm has been hitting the ball this season has her coach, Karen Linder, excited for tournament play. Opposing teams scramble to avoid giving the slugger something...

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