Editor's note: the Kent State Golden Flashes football team had an incredible season in 2012 — and it's not over yet.
The team will face Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl Jan. 6 after tearing it up in the Mid American Conference by winning the MAC East title and earning a spot in the 2012 MAC Championship Game.
Kent State may have lost the MAC title game, but the GoDaddy.com Bowl marks the team's first bowl game in 40 years.
The winning season has drawn tighter the ties that bind town-gown relations in Kent and helped elevate Kent State on the national sports stage, but sadly it also meant the departure of head coach Darrell Hazell.
For 2012, this Cinderella story is one of my picks for top 10 stories of the year.
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