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2017 Kent State Golden Flashes football team

The 2017 Kent State Golden Flashes football team represented Kent State University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by fifth-year head coach Paul Haynes and played their home games at Dix Stadium in Kent, Ohio as members of the East Division of the Mid-American Conference. They finished the season 2–10, 1–7 in MAC play to finish in last place in the East Division.

2017 Kent State Golden Flashes football
Kent State K.svg
ConferenceMid-American Conference
DivisionEast Division
2017 record2–10 (1–7 MAC)
Head coachPaul Haynes (5th season)
Offensive coordinatorDon Treadwell (3rd season)
Co-defensive coordinatorBen Needham (2nd as DC, 4th overall season)
Co-defensive coordinatorJeff Burrow (1st as DC,[1] 7th overall season)
Home stadiumDix Stadium
(Capacity: 25,319)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Akron xy   6 2         7 7  
Ohio   5 3         9 4  
Miami   4 4         5 7  
Buffalo   4 4         6 6  
Bowling Green   2 6         2 10  
Kent State   1 7         2 10  
West Division
Toledo xy$   7 1         11 3  
Central Michigan   6 2         8 5  
Northern Illinois   6 2         8 5  
Western Michigan   4 4         6 6  
Eastern Michigan   3 5         5 7  
Ball State   0 8         2 10  
Championship: Toledo 45, Akron 28
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant

On August 28, 2017, the school announced that head coach Paul Haynes would be taking a medical leave of absence and miss the first two to three weeks of the season.[2] Offensive coordinator Don Treadwell was named interim head coach.[3] Haynes returned to the Flashes after missing two games due to prostate cancer treatments.[4]

On November 22, one day after the Flashes' final game of the season against Akron, the school fired Paul Haynes after five losing seasons.[5][6] On December 19, the school hired Sean Lewis as head coach.[7][8]

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

The Golden Flashes finished the 2016 season 3–9, 2–6 in MAC play to finish in fifth place in the East Division.

Coaching staffEdit

Name Title
Paul Haynes Head Coach
Don Treadwell Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Dave McMichael Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach
Ben Needham Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
Jeff Burrow Co-Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Coach
Doc Gamble Wide Receivers Coach
Mark Spencer Recruiting Coordinator/Running Backs Coach
Colin Ferrell Defensive Line Coach
Rob Zeitman Offensive Line Coach
Joe Tresey Cornerbacks Coach

Source:[9]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 212:00 p.m.at No. 5 Clemson*ESPNL 3–5680,121
September 93:30 p.m.Howard*ESPN3W 38–3120,312
September 166:30 p.m.at Marshall*CUSA.TVL 0–2124,044
September 2312:00 p.m.at No. 19 Louisville*ACCRSNL 3–4247,812
September 303:30 p.m.Buffalo
  • Dix Stadium
  • Kent, OH
ESPN3L 13–2712,355
October 73:30 p.m.at Northern IllinoisESPN3L 3–2411,398
October 143:30 p.m.Miami (OH) 
  • Dix Stadium
  • Kent, OH
ESPN3W 17–1420,537
October 2112:00 p.m.at OhioESPN3L 3–4819,540
October 318:00 p.m.Bowling Green
ESPNUL 16–447,140
November 87:00 p.m.at Western MichiganCBSSNL 20–489,584
November 147:00 p.m.Central Michigan
  • Dix Stadium
  • Kent, OH
ESPNUL 23–425,580
November 217:00 p.m.at AkronESPNUL 14–2421,683
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Source:[10]

Game summariesEdit

at ClemsonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Flashes 0 3 0 0 3
No. 5 Tigers 21 7 21 7 56
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

HowardEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bison 7 7 10 7 31
Golden Flashes 14 7 2 15 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at MarshallEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Flashes 0 0 0 0 0
Thundering Herd 0 7 0 14 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
18–18 2015 MARSH, 36–292OT

at LouisvilleEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Flashes 0 3 0 0 3
No. 19 Cardinals 21 7 14 0 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–8 1973 KENT, 10–3

BuffaloEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulls 7 13 7 0 27
Golden Flashes 0 13 0 0 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–11 2016 KENT, 44–20

at Northern IllinoisEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Flashes 0 3 0 0 3
Huskies 7 7 10 0 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–20 2016 NIU, 31–21

Miami (OH)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
RedHawks 0 14 0 0 14
Golden Flashes 0 3 14 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
16–48 2016 MIA, 18–14

at OhioEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Flashes 3 0 0 0 3
Bobcats 0 13 28 7 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
25–42–2 2016 OHIO, 14–10

Bowling GreenEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 17 3 14 10 44
Golden Flashes 0 9 0 7 16
Overall record Last meeting Result
19–59–6 2016 BGSU, 42–7

at Western MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Flashes 14 0 0 6 20
Broncos 21 10 3 14 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
20–34–1 2016 WMU, 37–21

Central MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Chippewas 7 21 0 14 42
Golden Flashes 3 14 0 6 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–23 2016 KENT, 27–24

at AkronEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Flashes 0 7 7 0 14
Zips 10 14 0 0 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
24–33–2 2016 AKR, 31–27

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Staff Directory - Jeff Burrow Archived 2017-07-10 at the Wayback Machine. Kent State University Athletics. Retrieved April 29, 2017. "Entering his seventh season, Jeff Burrow has served as Kent State’s safeties coach since March of 2011 and was promoted co-defensive coordinator in 2017."
  2. ^ "Kent State head coach to miss first 2-3 weeks, including opener against Clemson". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  3. ^ "Don Treadwell named Kent State's interim head coach". Cincinnati.com. Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  4. ^ "Kent State coach Paul Haynes returns after cancer treatments: MAC Football 2017". cleveland.com. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  5. ^ "Kent State fires Haynes after 5 losing seasons". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  6. ^ rlewis. "Kent State fires football coach Paul Haynes after loss to Akron". www.ohio.com. Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  7. ^ Writer, Allen Moff Staff. "Kent State hires Sean Lewis as new football coach". Record. Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  8. ^ "Syracuse's Sean Lewis to be named Kent State's new head football coach". cleveland.com. Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  9. ^ Staff Directory. Kent State University Athletics. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  10. ^ 2017 Kent State Golden Flashes football schedule. FBSchedules.com. Retrieved April 29, 2017.