First Football Game of 2014 Season Kicks Off Saturday

Kent State football players sing the fight song following their 2013 opening game victory over Liberty University.

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.

Kent State President, Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Athletic Director Joel Nelson, President Beverly Warren and Head Football Coach Paul Haynes take the “Ice Bucket challenge” on the field at Dix Stadium to help raise money to find a cure for ALS.

Kent State University President Beverly Warren, Athletic Director Joel Nielsen, and Head Football Coach Paul Haynes spent a cold Tuesday afternoon at Dix Stadium after taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge, a national campaign aimed at increasing awareness and contributions for ALS – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Warren accepted the challenge that was tweeted Aug. 13 by Rebecca Windover, an assistant residence hall director whose father-in-law has been battling ALS for more than a year.

ADVISORY: Kent State University President, Athletic Director, and Football Coach to take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Aug. 19

Dr. Beverly Warren, Athletic Director Joel Nielsen, and Head Football Coach Paul Haynes will take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 4:15 p.m. in the south end zone of Dix Stadium at 2213 Summit Road in Kent. 

The event comes in response to a challenge tweeted Aug. 13 by Rebecca Windover, an assistant residence hall director, who has a family member fighting ALS. 

Kent State Game Watch Parties Scheduled for Bowl Game

Sunday, Jan. 6

Kent State University Game Watch Parties Scheduled for Bowl Game

After winning a program record 11 games, 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 Bowl Game. This is the third bowl appearance for the Golden Flashes. They attended the Refrigerator Bowl in 1954 and the Tangerine Bowl in 1972.

Paul Haynes Returns to Kent State as Head Coach

New Kent State head football coach Paul Haynes waits to be introduced as the Golden Flashes’ 21st head football coach at a press conference in the Governance Chambers in the Kent Student Center.

Kent State University Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen introduced Paul Haynes as the Golden Flashes’ 21st head football coach at an afternoon news conference held Dec. 18.

Haynes returns to his alma mater 25 years after he walked on to play football at Kent State as a college freshman. He replaces Darrell Hazell, who resigned Dec. 5 after two seasons to become the head coach at Purdue University. Bowl Send-Off Event Set for Dec. 19 in Downtown Kent

Kent State Golden Flashes long snapper Chad Bushley celebrates an extra point during the final home game against Ohio University.

Kent State University fans are invited to come together in downtown Kent on Wednesday, Dec. 19, to celebrate the historic football season and send off the team to Mobile, Ala., for the Bowl. Fans can pick up a free commemorative postseason poster and collect autographs from Kent State head football coach Darrell Hazell and members of the team.

Golden Flashes Proud as MAC Runner-Up

Kent State's Tim Erjavec makes a critical first down during overtime against Northern Illinois, in the MAC Championship game, in Detroit.

Kent State battled Northern Illinois into two overtimes but saw its hopes of claiming the school's first Mid-American Conference football title in 40 years and an improbable BCS bowl berth fall just short at Detroit's Ford Field.

Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch ran for 160 yards and three touchdowns to lead Northern Illinois to a 44-37 victory over Kent State in Friday night's Marathon MAC Championship.