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Kent State hired South Dakota OL coach/run-game coordinator Bill O'Boyle to serve as offensive line coach.

O'Boyle has been on staff as offensive line coach and run-game coordinator at South Dakota for the past two seasons. He brings head-coaching experience to the table, here, just not at the FBS level. For seven seasons -- lasting from 2005-11 -- O'Boyle served as head coach for Chadron State.
Jan 16 - 4:38 PM

Kent State hired South Dakota WR coach/recruiting coordinator Matt Middleton to serve as wide receivers coach.

Middleton had been on staff with South Dakota for the past five seasons. In his lone FBS job prior to this Kent State gig, he worked as receivers coach for Kansas in 2012.
Jan 16 - 4:10 PM

Kent State hired Chattanooga DL coach Brian Cochran to serve in the same capacity.

This past season was Cochran's first at Chattanooga. He spent the previous decade coaching in various capacities at John Carroll University. This gig with Kent State will be his first at the FBS level.
Jan 16 - 3:23 PM

Kent State hired Syracuse offensive graduate assistant Mackey MacPherson to serve as running backs coach.

MacPherson has been working as a grad assistant under Cuse HC Dino Babers for the past two seasons. While this new gig with Kent State will be his first as a position coach, he has football in the blood -- his grandfather, Dick MacPherson, served as head coach at UMass (1971-77), Syracuse (1981-90) and the New England Patriots (1991-92).
Jan 16 - 2:53 PM

Kent State hired Winona State co-DC/DL coach Zac Barton to serve as special teams coordinator.

Barton spent the past five seasons at Winona State. His lone job at the FBS level came as an offensive line coach with Memphis back in 2011.
Jan 16 - 1:26 PM

JUCO QB Woody Barrett transferred to Kent State.

Barrett (6'2/239) began his career at Auburn as a four-star quarterback in the 2016 cycle. He struggled to digest the offensive system and schemes in the program during his inaugural redshirt year, though, and was pushed so far down the depth chart that he did not even see a snap during the team's spring game last offseason. He subsequently transferred to Copiah-Lincoln Community College. Barrett indicated at the time that his plan was to transfer to a different SEC program after a season in the JUCO ranks, but either he had a change of tune or simply didn't receive the interest he expected. Kent State makes for a nice consolation landing spot, though. He should have a legitimate chance to unseat Golden Flashes starting QB George Bollas, who struggled to a 4/12 TD/INT ratio during the 2017 season. Barrett will have three seasons of eligibility remaining with Kent State.
Jan 14 - 2:42 PM

Football Scoop reports that South Dakota OL coach Bill O'Boyle will join the Kent State coaching staff as the new offensive line coach.

O'Boyle joined the Coyotes staff in 2016. Prior to his time at South Dakota, he served as the offensive line coach and offensive coordinator for Southern Illinois.
Jan 4 - 7:30 PM

Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman reports that Kent State has hired Chattanooga DB coach Jonathan Cooley to serve as cornerbacks coach.

Cooley had been on staff at Chattanooga for the past season. In the previous year, he worked as a graduate assistant at Kentucky. This new job with Kent State will be his first as a true FBS staff member.
Jan 4 - 4:25 PM

Football Scoop reports that Kent State will hire Syracuse QB coach/co-OC Sean Lewis for their open head-coaching position.

Lewis takes over for Paul Haynes, who was let go at the end of the regular season after the Golden Flashes slogged out to a 2-10 record for the campaign. Per Football Scoop, Kent State was initially looking at bringing on South Dakota State HC Bob Nielsen -- a move that was apparently nixed by the school president -- and also recently interviewed Oklahoma State OC Mike Yurcich. Lewis has been on staff with Syracuse HC Dino Babers over the last four seasons, the past two with the Orange and the two previous with Babers at Bowling Green. At Kent State, he figures to try to install a variation on the hyper-spread offense which he's worked in under Babers.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 02:43:00 PM

Kent State redshirt junior QB George Bollas completed 15-for-28 passes for 310 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Tuesday's 42-23 loss against Central Michigan.

Bollas added 57 rushing yards. This was the first time Bollas has gone over 250 passing yards this season, and it was arguably the strongest game he's ever had in college. Still, Kent State's offense petered out with only six second-half points in the loss.
Wed, Nov 15, 2017 01:58:00 PM

Kent State sophomore RB Justin Rankin turned 21 carries into 67 yards and had four catches for 64 yards in Tuesday's 42-23 loss against Central Michigan.

Rankin remains Kent State's most gifted offensive player, but opposing defenses, knowing that darn well, key in on him. He's rushed for 417 yards with a 388-286-2 receiving line.
Wed, Nov 15, 2017 01:27:00 PM

Kent State sophomore RB Justin Rankin had nine catches for 60 yards in Tuesday's loss to Bowling Green.

When Kent State got down early, it resorted to George Bollas scrambles and dump-offs. Rankin was a beneficiary as a receiver, but he was curiously removed from the gameplan as a runner. Kent State's best offensive player had only four carries, and he averaged nearly 10.0 YPC on them (39 yards). Rankin is a solid young talent stranded on a rudderless offense.
Wed, Nov 1, 2017 12:57:00 PM

Kent State redshirt junior QB George Bollas completed 16-for-35 attempts for 140 yards and three interceptions in Tuesday's loss to Bowling Green.

Bollas was utterly and completely ineffective through the air, as Kent State has been all season long. The offense briefly got going when it decided to throw only junk, with Bollas running around for a team-high 84 rushing yards and a touchdown. Alas, the Golden Flashes could only mount so much offense on quarterback scrambles and check-downs. Kent gets Western Michigan next week.
Wed, Nov 1, 2017 12:43:00 PM

Kent State redshirt junior QB George Bollas threw for two scores and 154 yards on 9-of-14 passes in a 17-14 victory over Miami (OH) on Saturday.

Bollas didn't have many attempts, but the junior signal-caller was efficient with his throws, and his two scoring throws were the only touchdowns on the day for the Golden Flashes. It's a nice bounceback from his awful effort last week against Northern Illinois. He'll look to make it two solid games in a row next week against Ohio in Athens.
Sat, Oct 14, 2017 06:42:00 PM

Kent State HC Paul Haynes isn't saying who will start at quarterback on Saturday against Buffalo.

The Golden Flashes went with George Bollas last week as the starter, but fellow quarterback Dennis Crum played and showed some effectiveness with his legs. It could be another split of playing time when Kent State takes on the Bulls on Saturday.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 12:55:00 PM


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