After a two-hour practice Thursday morning at the University of South Alabama's practice field, 11 Kent State players visited with kids at Mobile's USA's Children's and Womens' Hospital as part of immersing themselves in the city's culture this week. The sick children received gifts and took pictures with the Flashes players and coaches.
* UP NEXT - After a quick, hour-long practice Friday morning at USA's practice field, the team will be honored at a luncheon at the downtown Mobile Convention Center. The guest speaker for the luncheon is comedian Larry the Cable Guy.
* DELAYED - The team's trip to Mobile got off to a slow start Wednesday when their flight from Akron Canton Airport was delayed for 90 minutes. The Flashes coaches and players sat on the tarmac for an hour and a half when it was determined their plane was too heavy with all the players and their equipment. Eventually the equipment was unloaded and flown to Mobile on a later flight.
* FAMILY AFFAIR - Kent State senior quarterback Spencer Keith is confident his family will be rooting for the Flashes Sunday when KSU (11-2) takes on Arkansas State (9-3) in the GoDaddy.com Bowl game despite the fact that their ties to the Flashes opponent run deep. That's because Keith's parents and brother all graduated from Arkansas State.
"There's a little connection there, but my family is defintiely rooting for Kent State in this game," Keith said.
* ALL ABOARD - The big event - aside from from Sunday's game - that the players are likely most looking forward to comes Saturday when the team is scheduled to enjoy lunch served to them aboard the USS Alabama battleship, the famous World War II battleship.