Posted November 07, 2012 on AP on Fox
Nick Saban has one eye on the national championship and the other on his alma mater. Alabama's coach is proud of the turnaround at Kent State, where second-year coach Darrell Hazell has led the Golden Flashes (8-1) to their first seven-game winning streak since 1940 and has them headed to a bowl game for the first time since 1972. Hazell spent seven years as an assistant on Jim Tressel's staff at Ohio State before taking over a Kent program that had just six winning seasons since 1974. The Golden Flashes lead the nation in turnover margin and they forced seven miscues in a recent signature win at then-No. 15 Rutgers. Hazell credits his players for buying into his run-heavy offensive system and he's thrilled to see how his team's success has energized the entire campus.
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