Originally written November 30, 2012 on Fox Sports Ohio:
91474227
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Joshua Cribbs won't be able to attend his alma mater's biggest football game in 40 years on Friday night. Cribbs went out of his way -- again -- to make sure he's helping a group of Kent State fans get there. Through his Team Cribbs intitiative, the former Kent State quarterback is helping to sponsor a bus trip that will take fans to Detroit for Friday night's Mid-American Conference Championship Game between No. 17 Kent State and No. 21 Northern Illinois. He sponsored a similar trip to the College World Series last summer. Friday's Kent State-Northern Illinois game is big for many reasons, including the game it could lead to. A Kent State win could land the Golden Flashes in a BCS bowl game in January; representatives from the Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl will be attending Friday's game. Cribbs can't attend the game because the Browns leave Friday afternoon for their Sunday game at Oakland. He'll be watching via TV after the Browns arrive and hopes to reach the bus passengers by speaker phone after the game, during what he hopes will be a celebration. Kent State last won a MAC title and played in a bowl game in 1972. Its 11 wins this season are a school record; Kent State's last winning season, at 6-5, came in 2001, when Cribbs was a freshman. Passengers on Friday's bus must be 21 or older. This, after all, is a celebration four decades in the making. "Yeah, it's a party," Cribbs said. "I'll be busy in Oakland but I'm glad to have this group representing for me. "I'm proud of my school and the football team's accomplishments this season. Hopefully, this is just the start of a bunch of winning." Cribbs spent more than 10,000 of his own money on a similar bus trip last June when Kent State qualified for its first College World Series, a committment that included ordering 53 tickets for Kent State's game vs. Arkansas. Forty-nine fans were on that bus for the more than 800-mile trip from Northeast Ohio to Omaha, Neb.. Cribbs turned down seats in the university president's suite to sit with the bus passengers at the game and joined the group for dinner before the bus headed back. Later last summer, Cribbs shot a commercial -- with little reimbursement -- for Kent State University. When his jersey was retired in Fall 2010, he pledged a donation of 100,000. "I'm all for the Flashes -- the kids, the fans, the whole university," Cribbs said. "As soon as we found out Kent State clinched a spot in the MAC Championship Game, we started getting this thing together." Lisa Hahner, who works on TeamCribbs.com and with Cribbs on many of his community projects, said the first 20 passengers to sign up for the Detroit bus trip also went on the Omaha trip. "Satisfied customers," she said. "People are excited. We've started something really cool here." Hahner said that as of early Wednesday afternoon, six open seats remained for Friday's trip, which will begin in the Cleveland area and be handled, again, by Precious Cargo Transportation. More information on the bus trip can be found at TeamCribbs.com. Regardless of Friday's outcome, Kent State will be playing in its first bowl game since 1972 sometime in the next five weeks. Where that game takes place -- Miami, New Orleans, Mobile, Ala., Cribbs' hometown of Washington, D.C. or maybe back in Detroit -- won't be known until the end of the weekend, but the Team Cribbs project has already begun exploring travel packages to help as many Kent State fans as possible get there. "I'm not saying for 100 percent that we're going to the bowl game," Cribbs said. "Let's just say we'll be getting something planned."
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

What to watch in the NL Wild Card game

Sammy Watkins calls out EJ Manuel

Larry Donnell benches himself in fantasy, loses because of it

Josh Gordon says NFL’s drug policy is harrassment

Steve Smith: Ron Rivera hid in his office after cutting me

Rondo hoping for an opening night return from broken hand

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jon Gruden on Raiders job: 'I'm not thinking about coaching'

Tom Brady defends not congratulating Garoppolo on TD

Ohio State student who ran on field loses full scholarship

Report: Carson Palmer's nerve injury 'still lingering'

Adam Dunn to retire after 14-year MLB career

Ryan Lochte: Phelps made dumb decision, will learn from it

NL Wild Card Game Live Blog

WATCH: Mayweather shocked someone doesn’t know who he is

Who is the new face of MLB?

NHL 15 predicts the LA Kings win the Cup again

J.J. Watt buys his mom a new car for her birthday

Ranking the NFL coaches already sitting on the hot seat

WATCH: Smith tells Panthers to go home and mow his lawn

The best games on the NFL slate in Week 5

Aaron Rodgers says smoking gesture a tribute to Jay Cutler

What will the A’s look like in 2015?

Major League Baseball's 2014 All-Disappointment Team

Jeter introduces 'The Players Tribune,' 'The Voice of the Game'

Browns News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

What to watch in the NL Wild Card game

Sammy Watkins calls out EJ Manuel

Donnell benches himself in fantasy and loses

Gordon: Drug policy is harrassment

Who is the new face of baseball?

Steve Smith blasts Panthers coach, GM

What will the A’s look like in 2015?

All-Disappointment Team in MLB

Ryan Lochte: Phelps made dumb decision

WATCH: Brett Favre in new commercial

Brady snubs rookie after TD pass

FCC: Washington nickname 'inappropriate today'

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.