Defensive football coach leaves KSU

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Kent State assistant football coach Greg Colby has been named as the new defensive coordinator at Northwestern University.

Colby, who has been the Flashes' defensive coordinator over the past four seasons, will join Randy Walker's staff in Evanston Ill.

"Greg is a terrific hire for our football program," said Walker. "He brings a great deal of experience, class and knowledge to Northwestern. He's an excellent teacher. At Kent State, he took a defense that ranked near the bottom of the Mid-American Conference and turned it into one of the league's better units. I'm excited to have him on board and working with our young defense."

Colby assumes the duties of Jerry Brown, who was named as the Wildcats' assistant head coach earlier in the week.

Colby helped the Golden Flashes post their first winning season (6-5) in 14 years in 2001. The win total from this past fall equaled Kent State's victory total of the previous four years combined.

In the MAC, Kent State ranked third this past season in scoring defense at 25.5 points per game. In '98, Colby's first season with the Golden Flashes, Kent State was 0-11 and allowed 41.2 ppg.

Colby, who turns 50 later this month, has coaching and playing roots in the Big Ten. He was a three-year starter and lettermen in both baseball and football at Illinois.

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