Kent State Golden Flashes

Getty Images

Bob Elliott, Nebraska assistant and coaching veteran, dies

Leave a comment

Veteran college football assistant Bob Elliott passed away on Saturday, just one month after taking a leave of absence from his position as Nebraska’s safeties coach.

The news was first reported by the Des Monies Register and later confirmed by the Iowa State football program.

Elliott played defensive back for Iowa from 1972-75, earning All-America honors as a junior and a senior. He launched his coaching career as a graduate assistant for his alma mater one year later and proceeded to spend the next four decades in the profession. His first full-time position came as secondary coach at Kent State in 1977 and later made 10 different stops, most notably as the defensive coordinator at Iowa, Kansas State and San Diego State.

Elliott coached safeties and outside linebackers on Brian Kelly‘s Notre Dame staff from 2012-14, then spent 2015-16 as a special assistant to the head coach. Mike Riley hired him to his Nebraska staff in February, but Elliott moved to a defensive analyst position in June after cancer, which he battled throughout his coaching career, returned to his body.

The Register reported Elliott passed away in hospice care in Iowa City, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife Joey, two children and his father, former Iowa athletics director Chalmers “Bump” Elliott.

Arkansas continues scheduling flurry by adding Kent State to 2020 slate

Getty Images
1 Comment

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long has had a busy week despite dealing with a holiday and the Razorbacks’ future schedule seems to be the beneficiary.

The school announced Friday that they would be adding Kent State to the 2020 slate with a home game scheduled for on September 5th. The news comes just a day after the announcement that Arkansas has scheduled a big “Lou Holtz” home-and-home series with Notre Dame.

The end result is that two of the team’s three non-conference slots are filled for the 2020 season, with the Golden Flashes traveling to Arkansas on 9/5 and then the Razorbacks turning around and making the trip to South Bend the following week on 9/12 to take on the Irish.

Arkansas notes this will be the first meeting between UA and Kent State and just the fourth (current) Mid-American Conference program that the Razorbacks have faced. The last time the school saw some MACtion, Arkansas ended up losing to Toledo two years ago up in Little Rock.

Kent State coach Dave McMichael announces retirement after 42 years in college football

Getty Images
Leave a comment

It’s not often you see a college football coach announce a retirement at the end of June but that appears to be the case for one longtime coach at Kent State.

The school announced Friday that Golden Flashes special teams coordinator and tight ends coach Dave McMichael would be retiring after 42 years as a college football coach.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Paul Haynes, the coaches I’ve worked with and the wonderful players I’ve had the privilege of coaching,” McMichael said.  “After careful thought, I made the difficult decision to accept an infrequently occurring University separation program.  Retirement will enable me to spend more quality time with my family.”

McMichael began his career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater of Bowling Green back in 1975 and most notably spent nearly two decades as a coach under the legendary Don Nehlen at West Virginia.

Head coach Paul Haynes and Kent State did not immediately announce a replacement for McMichael on the coaching staff but safe to say that somebody with that kind of experience on the job will not be an easy void to fill.

Hyperthermia likely cause of death of Kent State’s Tyler Heintz

Kent State athletics
Leave a comment

A preliminary autopsy report has shown that Kent State football player Tyler Heintz likely died of hyperthermia, the Record-Courier is reporting.

Following football conditioning drills earlier this week, the true freshman offensive lineman collapsed and, after being transported to a local hospital, was pronounced dead.  According to Portage County (Ohio) Coroner Dr. Dean DePerro, the final autopsy results could take weeks or even months.

According to the National Institute of Health, “[h]yperthermia is an abnormally high body temperature caused by a failure of the heat-regulating mechanisms of the body to deal with the heat coming from the environment.” The newspaper wrote that “DePerro reiterated that the results are preliminary, and that other factors may be involved.”

The paper also added this anecdote from the 6-4, 275-pound player’s former coach.

Heintz spent countless hours working in the hot sun on his family farm in Kenton, about 75 miles south of Toledo, according Brent Fackler, his high school football coach. …

“Tyler had a physical, maybe two in the last two weeks,” said Fackler. “(Last) Friday with us here he ran ’14 110s,’ which is not easy. We run 110 (yards), then they have 45 seconds to rest, then they run another 110 for 14 minutes. That’s quite a bit of running, and Tyler didn’t show any problems there.

Thus far, university officials have not responded to the preliminary autopsy results.

Kent State issues statement on passing of football player Tyler Heintz

Kent State athletics
Leave a comment

Following football conditioning drills Tuesday morning, Kent State true freshman offensive lineman Tyler Heintz collapsed and, after being transported to a local hospital, was pronounced dead.  As reports began to emerge as to the lineman’s passing, the university released the following statement:

Today, the Kent State University family mourns the tragic loss of one of our student-athletes, freshman football player Tyler Heintz. Tyler was transported to a local hospital by paramedics this morning following football conditioning drills at Dix Stadium. The cause of death is not yet known.

Tyler was from Kenton, Ohio, and planned to study marketing and entrepreneurship in the College of Business Administration. Tyler was recruited as a rising star on our offensive line.

Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Tyler’s family and friends, as well as Coach Haynes and the team, our athletics staff and our student-athletes.

As stated earlier, our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with those impacted by Heintz’s passing.