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No. 98: Kent State

Kent State is the worst offensive team in the history of college football. There’s no debate about that. The Golden Flashes have scored 13,897 points over the span of 91 years and 849 games, an average of 16.4 points per game. The program has scored more than 300 points in a season only five times in its history: 1954, 1997, 2003, 2004 and 2008. If you were willing to do the math, you could combine the Golden Flashes’ two highest-scoring seasons – 335 points in 2004 and 337 points in 1997 – and still fall short of Houston’s 690-point outburst from a year ago. If you so chose, you could also argue the point that Kent State is the worst program in F.B.S. history. The Golden Flashes have the lowest career winning percentage of any program with roots dating back to the last century; Kent State is also the only such program with a career winning percentage below 40 percent. If you were willing, you could probably make the argument that housing the worst offense in F.B.S. history has been a primary factor behind Kent State being considered the worst program in F.B.S. history.

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    Offense the Story as Kent St. Opens Spring

    Who starts spring ball on a Tuesday? Kent State, that’s who. And Michigan State, Kansas, Marshall, Ball State, Utah State, Ohio and Massachusetts. For the purpose of this exercise, however, let’s focus on the Golden Flashes, who ended last season within one win of that ever-elusive bowl berth. Winning six games is rare indeed for Kent State, which has cracked that mark only five times since Don James left for Washington following the 1974 season — 37 years and 11 head coaches ago. Winning five games, on the other hand, is fairly common; the Golden Flashes have been close-but-no-cigar in each of the last three seasons.

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      Midseason Grades for the New Guys

      There are 24 first-year head coaches doing work on the F.B.S. level, not counting the three interim coaches keeping seats warm at Arizona, New Mexico and North Carolina. It’s hard to imagine a scenario where that trio — Tim Kish, George Barlow and Everett Withers — become full-time replacements in 2012, though the way Withers has kept U.N.C. afloat through the first half of the regular season certainly bodes well for his future coaching opportunities, whether with the Tar Heels or otherwise. So how are the new faces doing at their new stops? Let’s hand out some midseason grades for the new hires, and include the grade each coach received over the winter’s hiring recap.

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        The Bottom 10′s Common Traits

        It’s not a good place to be, not that it means anything to be thought of as one of the 10 worst teams in the country. Games are played on the field in September, not on paper in May, and as we saw just last season in the cases of Miami (Ohio) and Florida International, it’s possible for a non-B.C.S. conference program to rise from rock bottom to the penthouse in the span of a single season. By and large, however, teams that are down stay down, often for longer than just a year or two – Kent State has been down for decades, as has New Mexico State. So now that the bottom 10 are in the books, what can we say these specific teams have in common?

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          No. 113: Kent State

          Shake it up, Kent State. Make something – anything – happen, please. Getting rid of Doug Martin was a start, and perhaps former Ohio State assistant Darrell Hazell can settle once and for all the issue of whether this program has the capability of winning more than five games with any regularity. After all, it’s not like Kent State has simply gone out and made bad coaching decision after bad coaching decision since Glen Mason left for Kansas in 1988; it’s the program itself, not the coaches it has chosen, and something needs to change if we’re ever going to see Kent State reach bowl play after a generation-long absence – let alone compete for a conference championship.

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            Handing Out the Coaching Diplomas

            It took two weeks, give or take, but I’ve touched on every head coaching move in the F.B.S.: all 21 of them, ranging from the Sun Belt to a team only a year removed from a perfect 12-0 regular season, from the Pac-12 to the Big East and all points in between. The grades have fluctuated from an A+ — three such grades, in fact — all the way down to a C; as a once-abysmal student, I don’t have what it takes to give anything less than a satisfactory grade. Not that I couldn’t have been far harsher on Randy Edsall and Maryland, had I woken up on the wrong side of the bed on that particular morning.

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              Grading Kent State’s Coaching Move

              Darrell Hazell seems like a good person to ask for a good restaurant recommendation in Ohio. Not because he looks like someone who necessarily enjoys a good meal: despite being roughly a quarter-century removed from his college days, Hazell still looks like he could go out and get open deep. It’s because of the time he’s spent in the state, bookending a career in the Buckeye State with teeth-cutting days spent at Oberlin, name-making years at Ohio State and now, at Kent State, a chance to run his own show for the first time. It’s fitting that this opportunity comes in Ohio, that’s all.

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                Turnover Runs at a High Clip

                Let’s do the math: 120 teams in the F.B.S.; 21 coaching changes heading into the 2011 season; that’s roughly a new coach at one of every six programs in the country, an astonishing level of turnover — one that highlights the win-first, win-now mentality that leaves even the lowliest program begging for immediate results. To be fair, a handful of coaching moves have come about due to an incumbent’s promotion elsewhere, such as was the case at Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois and San Diego State. That wasn’t the case along the B.C.S. conference ranks, as you’ll see below.

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                  The Countdown

                  A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.