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Another year at Kent not a bad idea for Dri Archer

kfoot08-03With the best season in school history now in the books, it’s time for the Kent State football team to start focusing on the 2013 season and new coach Paul Haynes has a big challenge facing him right off the bat.

Namely, how to convince All-American running back Dri Archer that coming back for one more year at Kent is a good idea.

On the one hand, Archer’s stock will probably never be higher after leading the Golden Flashes in rushing (1,482 yards, 16 touchdowns and 9.0 yards per carry), receptions (39 catches for 561 yards and four touchdowns) and averaging 36.9 yards per kickoff return with three touchdowns (before teams stopped kicking to him).

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Cleveland sports in 2012 – Fourth Quarter

2012_12_kent_hazellSo 2012 has come and gone without another championship from any of Cleveland’s teams.

While there were no titles to celebrate, there were still plenty of stories, from firings to trades, to too many losses and too few wins.

Our annual review of the year in Cleveland sports concludes with the fourth quarter of the year- from a historic run by Kent State’s football team, to the end of another disappointing Browns season and the start of a rebuild by the Cleveland Indians – and everything else that makes Cleveland sports such a joy to follow.

Full story at The Cleveland Fan. (In case you missed the First Quarter, click here. Second Quarter can be found here. Third Quarter? Right here).

Kent State turns to familiar face to lead the football team

coach-HaynesHelmetPaul Haynes, a former Kent State defensive back, was introduced on Tuesday as the Golden Flashes’ 21st football coach.

Haynes, who played for Kent State from 1987 to 1991 (a time period where we covered the team for The Daily Kent Stater, which oddly makes us feel really old), takes over for Darrell Hazell, who will be leaving Kent after the GoDaddy.com Bowl to take over the football program at Purdue.

“This has been a whirlwind, and I can’t begin to describe my excitement about the opportunity to come back to Kent State as head coach,” Haynes said. “Being a former player and assistant coach here, and now coming back at a time where there is so much pride around the football program and the university, it is unbelievable. My family and I are excited about coming back to Ohio. I’m looking forward to getting involved with the players and embracing the Kent State alumni.”

Head over to The Cleveland Fan for the rest of the story.

(Photo by KentStateSports.com)

The more things change in the MAC …

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… the more they stay the same.

As the weeks went by this fall and Kent State built a 10-game winning streak, it became obvious that it was just a matter of when, not if, football coach Darrell Hazell would move to a bigger stage.

Well, it looks like we now know not only the when but the where.

ESPN is reporting that Hazell will be named Purdue’s new football coach on Wednesday, replacing the fired Danny Hope.

UPDATE: On Wednesday, Purdue made the announcement that Hazell will become the school’s 35th football coach.

Purdue? Really?

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Kent State’s BCS dreams end in double OT loss

2012_12_kent_hazellThe dream died hard for Kent State on Friday night at Ford Field in Detroit.

When Northern Illinois defensive back Demetrius Stone intercepted Spencer Keith’s fourth-down pass in the end zone in double overtime of the MAC Championship game, it was finally over.

No conference title. No BCS bowl game. No national spotlight on a program that had wandered the college football desert for 40 years.

Only the disappointment of seeing your dream end, so very, very close, but just far enough away to exceed your reach.

We have all the MACtion details at The Cleveland Fan.

(Photo by The Beacon Journal)

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.

(Photo by The Beacon Journal)

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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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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It’s Dri Archer’s world and the MAC is his playground

It’s Dri Archer’s world, and all the rest of the teams in the Mid-American Conference can do is watch in awe.

Archer ran for a career-high 241 yards and two touchdowns – on a 79-yard run and a 74-yard run – against the conference’s top-rated run defense as Kent State clinched its first East Division championship with a 31-24 win over Bowling Green on Saturday. The win guarantees the Golden Flashes a spot opposite Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship game in Detroit on Nov. 30.

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Kent State cracks the Top 25

Look who’s hit the college football big time!

For the first time in almost 40 years, the Kent State Golden Flashes have cracked the Associated Press ranking, coming in at No. 25 in the latest rankings.

We can honestly say we never thought we would see this day.

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