TAKING IT EASY – With star players such as running backs Dri Archer (ankle) and Trayion Durham (hip, quad) battling through injuries and other players dealing with their own bumps and bruises, KSU coach Darrell Hazell is taking it a little easier on his players in practice this week.
“We’ve been practicing for a long time, since August,” Hazell said. “The guys have been going at it since well before August. Now, it comes down to doing the things we’ve done all season. There’s nothing new, we just need to be fresh when we do it – that will help our chances.”
QUOTE OF THE DAY – “This is Rocky, this is Cinderella in real life…I’m sure the whole organization will look back at this year and say, ‘Wow!’ – Hazell on his team's 2012 season.
PUT A LID ON IT – Friday’s Mid-American Conference championship game at the Detroit Lions’ Ford Field marks the first time the Flashes will play in a dome since a trip to Syracuse back in 1985.
While Hazell said he “loves coaching in domes”, he did bring up one drawback for the players - the potential for dehydration. So he said he and the coaching staff have warned player to continue to sip water and Gatoraid thoughout the practices and games in Detroit.
GOING FAST - Kent State athletic director Joel Nielsen said the school's ticket office has sold approximately 2,000 tickets for tha championship game Friday.
"I'd be quite surporised if that number is not double or even more than that by Friday," Nielsen said Monday afternoon.