Kent State has won eight of its nine games and had earned a bowl berth for the first time since the 1972 team went to the Tangerine Bowl.
Guess who was part of that squad? Nick Saban was a defensive back on that 1972 team, which went 6-5-1 and lost to Tampa 21-18 in the bowl game.
The Associated Press has done a story about Kent State’s return to prominence, and it features the Crimson Tide coach.
Click here to read the story, although we have the first few paragraphs below:
KENT, Ohio (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban is elated by a team that’s bowl eligible, leads the nation in turnover margin, just knocked off a hated rival and has an entire campus buzzing.
No, not his top-ranked Crimson Tide.
Kent State has made him proud.
“It is my alma mater,” said Saban, class of ’73.
For the first time since Saban played safety on a Golden Flashes squad that included Hall of Fame linebacker Jack Lambert, Kent State (8-1) has climbed back onto college football’s main stage. In its second year under coach Darrell Hazell, Kent State has won seven straight games and is knocking on the door of the AP’s Top 25.