AKRON, Ohio -- Several years have passed since
Both Young and Cribbs participated in the 13th annual Cleveland Browns Foundation Golf Tournament at Firestone Country Club in Akron Monday and their support of Kent State was evidence with one look at their golf carts. The two former Golden Flashes each had Kent State club covers on their drivers.
“I’ve got to; it’s a must,” Young said of supporting Kent State. “As soon as I left there, I wanted to go back and finish my degree. I went back a couple years later and finished it off. I keep in touch with the guys playing football. They’ve got a new coaching staff, but I’ve been keeping in touch with Casey Wolf, the head of football operations. I talk to him on a regular basis and he’s the one who got the golf program to get me a cover head. I was like, ‘I need that for my driver. I’ve got to support my Kent State fam.’
“I’ve got to represent for my Golden Flashes; I’ve got to rep for Kent State.”
Although the Browns have been going through their offseason program with organized team activities and last week’s mandatory three-day minicamp, Young and Cribbs have found enough time to follow the Kent State baseball team.
The Golden Flashes (45-18, 24-3 Mid-American Conference) play in a Super-Regional elimination game Monday night against the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore. Kent State won last weekend’s Gary, Ind., Regional and made its first-ever trip to the Super-Regional.
A win Monday will give the Golden Flashes their first berth into the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
“The boys are balling,” Young said. “It’s major. I’ve been following them. I missed it last night, but I’m hoping they hold on to it. They’ve been balling all year. I think they have four straight MAC Championships, so to go ahead and go to the College World Series, oh man, it’s going to be major.”
Cribbs added, “Their games have been pretty late because they’re playing out West, but I’ve definitely been a big fan of the baseball team. They’ve always been good in the MAC, always winning the MAC Championship and not going very far in the tournament, but I have great hopes for them this year. They’ve always been a good team. It’s a shame that they’re just now being recognized for it.”
Watching the Kent State baseball program has filled Cribbs with “great pride.”
“I still have my Kent State cover, still have my Kent State gear at home,” Cribbs said. “I’ve got the workout gear when I’m working out, even when I’m at the Browns facility. They’re something to cheer for and they really give us something to cheer for being a part of Kent State and I’m grateful for it.”