Kent State wins Martin’s finale

Assistant Jerry McManus has been named Kent State’s interim head

coach while the school searches for a successor for Doug Martin,

whose resignation took effect after the Golden Flashes’

season-ending upset of Ohio.

Athletics director Joel Nielsen said McManus, who served as an

assistant head coach for the past six seasons, will fill Martin’s

spot until a new coach is hired.

Also, defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis, linebackers coach Jim

Fleming and wide receivers coach Eugene Baker have been

retained.

The four coaches will handle recruiting duties and day-to-day

operations of the program as a national search is conducted to find

the school’s 20th coach.

Kent State went 5-7 in Martin’s final season and 29-53 in his

seven seasons overall.