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VIDEO: Kent State is a team on the rise

MAC rival Miami (Ohio) calls itself the Cradle of Coaches, but Kent State has a roster that is second to none. College Football Hall of Famer Don James, College Football Hall of Famer Lou Holtz, four-time national champion Nick Saban, 2000 national champion Bob Stoops, Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel, Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers, New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees (who just so happen to be the last three Super Bowl champions) all either played or coached at Kent State.

And none of them produced a season better than 2012.

The Golden Flashes set a school record with 11 wins and claimed the MAC East title in the process. With Darrell Hazell gone for Purdue, Paul Haynes steps in to lead the charge. 

"(This program) was built on commitment, it was built on sacrifice. That's a strong foundation. We will continue to build on that foundation," Haynes said.

Thanks to Kent State linebackers coach Ben Needham for passing this along.

Author: Zach Barnett
Zach Barnett is a native of Denton, Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas. He joined FootballScoop in 2012 after two years at the National Football Foundation. His hobbies include watching college football, reading about college football and writing about college football.