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Kent State will not renew the contract of HC Paul Haynes.

Haynes' current contract is set to expire at the end of the season. He initially took over as head coach following the 2012 season. In a statement, Kent State AD Joel Nielsen said, "Making a coaching change is never easy. As an alum, Paul gave his all for this university and to Golden Flashes football, and moved the program forward in many ways." Haynes struggled to a 14-45 record during his time at Kent State, going just 9-30 in MAC conference play.
Nov 22 - 4:21 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.
Nov 15 - 1:58 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.
Nov 15 - 1:27 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.
Nov 1 - 12:57 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.
Nov 1 - 12:43 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.
Oct 14 - 6:42 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.
Sep 27 - 12:55 PM

Kent State redshirt junior QB George Bollas will start against Louisville on Saturday.

This was expected and has now been confirmed by HC Paul Haynes. The Golden Flashes are in a dire spot at quarterback with Nick Holley set to miss the remainder of the regular season due to a torn ACL sustained against Marshall over the weekend. Freshman QB Dustin Crum is also in the mix at quarterback and could see starting action as the season continues to unfold, but Haynes said that the plan for Saturday is that Bollas will play the entire game.
Sep 21 - 5:34 PM

Kent State junior LB Matt Bahr (knee) is out for the season.

A converted safety, Bahr injured his knee against Howard a few weeks ago. He made nine tackles in the Flashes’ season opener against Clemson.
Sep 20 - 2:10 PM

Kent State redshirt junior QB George Bollas is likely to start against Louisville on Saturday.

Bollas should get the first crack at the starting job after senior quarterback Nick Holley went down with a season-ending ACL tear in Saturday’s loss at Marshall. However, Allen Moff of the Record-Courier believes true freshman Dustin Crum will also "see significant action at quarterback." Either way, without Holley, Kent State now probably has the FBS' worst offense.
Sep 19 - 3:56 PM

Kent State HC Paul Haynes revealed that junior RB Myles Washington (undisclosed) suffered a potentially serious injury at Marshall on Saturday.

No further details were provided. A backup in Kent's run-oriented offense, Washington had 18 carries for 35 yards through the first three games.
Sep 19 - 2:15 PM

Kent State redshirt senior QB Nick Holley (ACL) will miss the rest of the season.

Holley's Monday MRI results confirmed Kent State's worst fear: That he'd suffered a torn ACL in Saturday’s loss at Marshall. This marks the third straight year that the fifth-year senior has suffered a season-ending injury. There's a chance that the NCAA would grant a sixth-year of eligibility due to medical hardship, but the Record-Courier notes that a "decision on whether or not to explore that opportunity has not yet been made." Since shifting from WR to QB at the beginning of conference play last year, Holley ran for 100 yards or more in six of the eight games he started and finished.
Sep 19 - 1:22 PM

Kent State redshirt senior Nick Holley (knee) will undergo an MRI on Monday.

Holley left Saturday's game against Marshall in the first quarter with a knee injury. He has a history of knee injuries, injuring the other one late last season and missing the 2016 finale. That injury required offseason surgery. George Bollas would be in line to start if Holley misses time.
Sep 18 - 3:03 PM

Kent State redshirt senior Nick Holley left Saturday's game against Marshall with an undisclosed injury.

Holley (5'10/191) did not return after getting injured in the first half. George Bollas replaced him under center.
Sep 16 - 9:59 PM

Kent State HC Paul Haynes returned to work after undergoing surgery for prostate cancer.

"It was found during a regular checkup last summer," said Haynes. "There are really no common side effects with prostate cancer, so that checkup probably saved my life." Offensive coordinator Don Treadwell had been serving as interim head coach in the Golden Flashes first two games. He'll likely be back on the sidelines for Saturday's game against Marshall.
Sep 11 - 6:27 PM


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