Department of Athletics

Kent State University student-athlete Jordan Italiano of Canfield, Ohio, was tabbed “Smartest Player in College Football” in NFL.com’s 15 for ’15 series released on June 16. The pre-medicine/biochemistry major and safety on the Kent State football team carries a 3.978 heading into his senior year.

Photo of Jordan ItalianoKent State University’s Jordan Italiano is getting national attention for his performance both on the field and in the classroom. NFL.com has named Italiano to its 15 for ’15 series.

The NFL looks for players who make significant on-field contributions and demonstrate strong academic abilities.

Kent State University women’s basketball head coach Danielle O’Banion is taking on her toughest opponent yet: stage II lymphoma.

O’Banion shared her story with P.J. Ziegler from FOX 8. O’Banion talks about the power of positivity and how she’s taking the advice she gives her players about managing adversity and staying strong.

The Kent State University football team opens its 2014 season Saturday, Aug. 30, hosting Mid-American Conference East Division rival Ohio University at 6 p.m. inside Dix Stadium. The Kent State Golden Flashes won their final two games of the 2013 season, while the Bobcats earned a spot in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl.

Throughout the season, the Kent State football players will have the number 54 on one side of their helmets to honor Jason Bitsko, following their teammate’s unexpected death last week.