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New Kent State football coach Kenni Burns (center) poses with university athletic director Randale Richmond (left) and university president Todd Diacon (right) at Burns’ first press conference Dec. 16, 2022. Courtesy of Kent State Athletics

Kent GRIT era rolls on for extra year after coach signs extension

John Hilber, Assistant Sports Editor February 27, 2024

Kent State football will be under the direction of Kenni Burns until the 2028 season after the first-time coach’s contract was extended an extra year Friday. Burns signed his initial five-year contract...

Kent States football team, along with the womens lacrosse and soccer programs, competes at Dix Stadium. The stadium is located at 2213 Summit St. in Kent.

REACTION: MAC football abandoning divisions, shifts to pod system

Demetri Manousos, Reporter January 28, 2024

Since 1997, the Mid-American Conference has featured an east division and a west division, with the two division champions facing off in the conference championship game. Like many other conferences,...

Maiju Mackey poses with Flash at a Kent State event.

Football team’s ‘Licorice Lady’ dies at 85

Willow Jernigan and Leah Shepard November 14, 2023

Karen (Maiju) Mackey, more commonly known as the “Licorice Lady” or “Granny” to Kent State’s football team, found her purpose in her later years by caring for the team by handing out candy and...

Kent State running back Gavin Garcia, who is now a sophomore on the team, breaks a tackle during his run downfield Sept. 17, 2022 against Long Island. Kent State won the match 63-10.

An offseason of change: Football prepares for 2023 season with new coach, new roster

Jacob Shondel, Sports Editor August 14, 2023

From 1987-2018, Kent State football had five winning seasons. In its most recent five seasons, the team recorded some of its best performances in program history  – including its Frisco Bowl win in...

The Kent State Student Section cheers on the Golden Flash football team during the Homecoming game. The men won against Ohio University 31-24.

Food, fun and Flashes as thousands celebrate homecoming at Dix Stadium

Katherine Masko, Social Media Manager October 1, 2022

Hot dogs on grills, students in navy blue and alumni hanging out can only mean one thing: homecoming. Tables, tents and grills packed Dix Stadium parking lot Saturday while music blared from different...

Flashes overpowered in every quarter during season opener against Washington

Jacob Hansen, Sports Reporter September 4, 2022

Collin Schlee's first-ever collegiate start did not go as planned. But even though the redshirt junior quarterback was behind the ball, his head coach took the blame. “You can’t come out after...

Kent State hangs with Texas A&M in first half, blown out in second

Jimmy Oswald Sports Editor September 5, 2021

With a little over seven minutes left in the third quarter, the Kent State football team had the ball on the 22-yard line of Texas A&M. 1st & 10. Down 13-3 against the No. 6 team in the country,...

Dustin Crum (7) lets a a pass go against Buffalo. Crum would throw for 343 yards and three touchdowns. Nov. 28, 2020.

2021 Kent State football preview: the bright future ahead

Jimmy Oswald Sports Editor September 2, 2021

The Kent State football team was riding high, winning its first three games and looking to compete in the Mid-American Conference Championship. A blowout loss to Buffalo and two cancellations due to COVID-19...

Shannon Welsh stands in front of her BFA exhibit in the Center for Visual Arts. 

Kent State student recognized in national undergraduate art exhibit

Kelsey Paulus Reporter June 9, 2021

Out of 200 submissions total, one Kent State student earned an opportunity to display her artwork in the 5th annual National Undergraduate Juried Exhibition at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in Missouri. Shannon...

TEMPE, AZ - AUGUST 29: Kent State Golden Flashes wide receiver Isaiah McKoy (23) catches a touchdown pass during the college football game between the Kent State Golden Flashes and the Arizona State Sun Devils on August 29, 2019 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.

Isaiah McKoy will get his shot at the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers

At least one more Kent State football player has a chance to play in the NFL this year, after Isaiah McKoy was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers.A 2020 Mid-American Conference...

Julian Edelman, wide receiver for the New England Patriots, with the integrative studies degree he received at Kent State’s One University Commencement held May 11, 2019 at Dix Stadium.

Super Bowl MVP, Kent State quarterback Julian Edelman retires

Owen MacMillan Sports Editor April 12, 2021

One of the most decorated and famous athletes to ever take the field as a Golden Flash appears to be hanging up his cleats.Former New England Patriot, three-time Super Bowl champion and Super Bowl LIII...

Kent State’s offensive line huddles to strategize during their game against Akron. Nov. 17, 2020.

Effects of COVID-19 on student-athletes

Ashley Blood Reporter March 11, 2021

Long-term effects of COVID-19 are still vastly unknown, but many are concerned that these effects could be worse for athletes.Jacob Barkley, a health sciences professor at Kent State University, says that...

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