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MAC title game is biggest game in Kent State history

kfoot30cut-01When the Kent State Golden Flashes take the field tonight against Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship Game at Ford Field in Detroit, it will be the most important athletic event not only in the football program’s history but in school history.

Kent State, which is ranked No. 17 in the BCS Standings, No. 18 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and No. 19 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, has the opportunity to do what was once considered the unthinkable – win a conference championship and, in the process, earn what is most likely to be a spot in either the Sugar Bowl or the Orange Bowl come January.

This game is bigger than the baseball team making the College World Series last spring and the men’s basketball team making the regional final of the NCAA tournament in 2002, and to understand why you have to know where the football program has been and where it is going.

Head over to The Cleveland Fan to find out the rest of the story.

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If Tennessee really wants Jon Gruden, they can have him

We woke up this morning to the “report” that Jon Gruden will be the next football coach at the University of Tennessee, thanks in part to Cleveland Browns owner – and UT supporter – James Haslam.

According to WREG in Memphis, Gruden has a “contract offer in hand” from the Volunteers and the deal is sweetened by an offer – which reportedly would not past muster with the both the NCAA and the NFL – from Haslam for an ownership stake in the Browns.

The Browns have denied the report, with vice president of media relations Neal Gulkis issuing the following statement: “Jimmy Haslam has no involvement in the University of Tennessee head coaching search, and the report that Jon Gruden would potentially have an ownership stake in the Browns is completely erroneous.”

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Kent State in the Sugar Bowl? Hey, it could happen

Kent State football coach Darrell Hazell may want to add Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch to his Christmas list this year.

Especially if the Golden Flashes wind up spending New Year’s Day in New Orleans.

Kent State is currently ranked No. 17 in the latest Bowl Championship Series standings heading into Friday night’s MAC Championship game in Detroit. Win against Northern Illinois and the Golden Flashes just might find themselves in a major bowl game for the first time in school history.

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The curtain drops on the Big Show in Cleveland

The Mike Holmgren era has officially come to a close, with Holmgren announcing that Friday will be his last day on the job as “official” president of the Cleveland Browns.

Holmgren has been unofficially off the job ever since Joe Banner took over as CEO (some would say he’s been off since being hired by former owner Randy Lerner almost three years ago).

“This is a great football city,” Holmgren said. “All of the things I said in my opening press conference came true in that way and I fully expect the team to do great things in the future. Those who have been covering the team for a long time can really enjoy it.

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Browns take down the Steelers

For more than 59 minutes on Sunday, it seemed like the Cleveland Browns were going to find a way to lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

After losing 23 of the past 27 games against the Steelers, it was no surprise that the agita level of Browns fans everywhere was on the rise as the game went along and, despite forcing eight Pittsburgh turnovers, the Browns could never deliver the knockout punch. And as Reggie Hodges lined up to punt with 19 seconds to go, the game still seemed very much in doubt.

But once Hodges’ punt went out of bounds at the Steelers’ three-yard line, it truly was game over.

Final score: Cleveland 20, Pittsburgh 14.

For all the details, head over to The Cleveland Fan.

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Browns vs. Steelers – Week 12

The Cleveland Browns come back home on Sunday to face the Pittsburgh Steelers in a divisional “rivalry” game.

Dating back to 1994, the Browns are just 2-13 at home against the Steelers and will be facing Pittsburgh’s third-string quarterback, Charlie Batch.

The team was also planning to hand out inflatable white flags to every fan in attendance, only the greatest game day promotion since the Cleveland Indians passed out deodorant for a Mother’s Day game in the 1960s, but wisely though better of it and canceled the promotion late Saturday afternoon.

Now that the Browns have cleared that up, what could possibly go wrong against the Steelers?

Let’s find out at The Cleveland Fan.

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College football seriously needs a legitimate playoff system

Is everyone ready for a national championship game between Notre Dame and an SEC team to be named later? Because barring some major upsets that’s what we are all going to be watching on Jan. 7.

And for the second year in a row the title game match up will underscore how badly college football needs a real playoff system.

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Are we all watching the same Browns game as everyone else?

Another week and another loss for the “battling” Cleveland Browns.

For the fifth time this season, the Browns lost by seven points or less. That’s certainly better than 2009 and 2010, when Cleveland was losing games by 31 points, 28 points, 24 points and 32 points.

But does close really matter when you are 2-8? Are these close games a sign of a team that is (slowly) maturing? Or are they a team that can make just enough plays to stay close but can never make the play to win?

Some say it’s the coaching; others claim the coaching is fine.

Some say quarterback Brandon Weeden is the problem; others say he’s going to be fine.

The whole thing has us terribly vexed.

The truth is out there somewhere, Browns fans, let’s see if we can start finding some answers at The Cleveland Fan.

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Browns have a bad day in Big D

There will be lots of debate this week after the Cleveland Browns most recent loss, a 23-20 overtime setback to the Dallas Cowboys.

Talk about Pat Shurmur’s future as head coach. Talk about Brandon Weeden’s future as starting quarterback. Talk about Miles Austin’s fumble in overtime that was ruled an incomplete pass. Talk about another game that got away from the Browns in another season that is going to end like so many seasons before it.

“You can’t look at this team and say we don’t play hard or we don’t fight,” quarterback Brandon Weeden said. “We just haven’t been able to finish lately.”

Yeah, Brandon, we know.

For all the details, head over to The Cleveland Fan.

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Browns vs. Cowboys – Week 11

The Cleveland Browns come off the bye and head to Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys.

With seven games left in the season, and some potential wins there for the taking, how will the players and coaches respond as they are under the continued microscope of owner James Haslam and CEO Joe Banner?

Can the Browns also earn their first road win since Week 2 of last year?

Let’s see if we can find some answers at The Cleveland Fan.

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