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Bowled Over! Fourth time is the charm for the Kent State Golden Flashes football team, which made history with a 51-41 win over Utah State in the Tropical Smoothie Café Frisco Bowl on December 20, 2019 in Frisco, Texas. The Golden Flashes’ first three bowl appearances—the 1954 Refrigerator Bowl, the 1972 Tangerine Bowl and the 2013...

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Accessible for All Kent State University wants to create a welcoming environment for all—even at its athletic events. Cheering crowds, flashing scoreboards and loud buzzers can overwhelm people with sensory issues, so select men’s basketball games at the MAC Center this season recognized and catered to those on the autism spectrum, with...

Lisa Strong (right) helps Kory Nielsen visualize a putt during 2019 Fall golf season For Lisa Strom, the fall start to the women’s golf season for Kent State and her Golden Flashes was such a successful whirlwind that her July 1 hiring as head coach and Kent State’s dominating 58-1 fall tournament start with three first-place finishes and a second are still somewhat of a blur. “It was one of those things were I had no plans...

Members of Kent State football, dance, cheer and the marching band visited kids at Children Hours before they will do battle on the gridiron in the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl, Kent State’s football players and other students paused to spend time with kids facing tough battles of their own.   Football players joined cheerleaders and dance team members to visit Children's Medical Center Plano...

Kent State Football Players Prepare Meals for Needy in Frisco, Texas At the same time that Kent State University is competing in a bowl game, as many as 1,000 kids in Texas will be eating a meal that the Golden Flashes helped provide.   Team members joined fellow football players from Utah State University to help pack meals as part of Frisco Fastpacs to ensure that no child in Frisco, Texas, has to endure hunger...

Cowboy Up! Golden Flashes work out at the practice facility of the Dallas Cowboys to prepare for Frisco Bowl. All Kent State University athletes are accustomed to being surrounded by blue. Blue and gold usually, and lots of it.   On Tuesday, the Kent State Golden Flashes were embracing a different shade of blue. One with a deep, winning football tradition – the blue-draped practice home to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.   Kent State worked out Tuesday...

Kent State Catch phrases come and go in the world of sports that can also be applied to any individual’s journey through life.  One comes to mind when looking at the story former athletic director, now nationally known speaker, author and business consultant Joan C. Cronan could share as commencement speaker with every Kent State University graduate at...

Group picture of bowling team On Tuesday, Kent State Trumbull officially added Women’s and Men’s Bowling to its athletic program. Dale Johnson of Champion was named head coach.  Johnson has competed at state and national levels since he was 18. He began coaching Champion High School in 2010 and became head coach in 2014, the same year they won an Ohio High School Athletic...

Freshman B.J. Duling hopes to score not just on the basketball court, but also in the world of fashion design For B.J. Duling, basketball and fashion are his passion Anyone who follows Kent State basketball has seen him — the freshman forward who plays with the intensity and expertise of one of his senior teammates. You know whom I’m talking about — he’s the new guy, who is 6-feet 7-inches tall, his blond braids flopping, as he spins on a drive to...

Junior Jonathan Nwankwo’s journey has taken many twists and turns to join the men When you are 6 feet 9 inches tall, “You should be playing basketball” is a phrase you hear fairly often. Jonathan Nwankwo, 21, a power forward on Kent State University’s men’s basketball team, heard the phrase so often from so many people that it almost seemed like a sign from the universe. Pursuing a basketball dream, though, wasn’t as...