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Former Kent State star Josh Cribbs helps send fan bus to MAC championship

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer
Josh Cribbs hasn't forgotten the Kent State fans. (US Presswire)

One of the few bright spots in Kent State football history is making sure he helps the team's long-suffering fans enjoy the unprecedented present.

Former Golden Flashes star and current Cleveland Brown Josh Cribbs helped organize and sponsor a fan bus that has made its way to Detroit for Friday night's MAC Championship Game showdown between the No. 18 Golden Flashes and No. 19 Northern Illinois -- the first-ever MAC title appearance for Kent State in what's already been the best season in program history.

The bus was organized through Cribbs' "TeamCribbs" initiative, one that helped organize a similar bus (and purchased a sizable ticket bloc) when the Flashes' baseball team advanced to last summer's College World Series -- a move that reportedly cost Cribbs some $10,000.

"I'm all for the Flashes -- the kids, the fans, the whole university," Cribbs told Fox Sports Ohio. "As soon as we found out Kent State clinched a spot in the MAC Championship Game, we started getting this thing together."

Cribbs said he would like to be at the MAC title game in person, but his travel requirements for the Browns' Sunday game at Oakland prevented it. Still, he'll be in touch with the fans on the bus after the game, win or lose.

"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 said. "I'll be busy in Oakland but I'm glad to have this group representing for me."

Cribbs didn't say whether or not he'd be sending a bus to the Flashes' upcoming bowl game -- the school's first as an FBS program and first of any kind since 1972 -- but did say Team Cribbs would have "something planned."

Flashes fans likely already have nothing but positive memories of Cribbs, whose dual-threat quarterback ability made him one of the biggest stars in the MAC and led the Flashes to a 6-5 record in 2001, the program's only winning season between 1987 and 2012. But his continued affection for both the program he starred for and the fans who cheered him will likely only make him even more revered.

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