They say the summer time is a slow time for the sports world. Slow? Maybe. But it’s also a good time to do some things that perhaps we (and ultimately, you) don’t have time for through the hustle and bustle of the sports calendar year. So in that accord, we’re happy to be undertaking a bit of a project this summer where the best and brightest of the Mid-American Conference gets recognized forever in the hallowed halls of Hustle Belt, the web’s premier home for MACtion and all things MACtion-related, in the newly crafted Hustle Belt Hall of Fame.
Here’s how the Hall of Fame works:
- Some info and the schedule for the Hall of Fame can be found here.
- Nominations are solicited from the community via a post just like this one for each of our MAC programs.
- After all MAC programs’ nominations, no more than 10 nominees are put forward for each school and a poll is created.
- The top two vote getters in each school’s poll is inducted into the Hustle Hall of Fame. Simple.
Next up is the Kent State Golden Flashes!
In truth, you could probably do a Hall of Fame for just football alums from Kent State. Throw in baseball and their coaching standouts and I’m not sure the initial vote of 10 would be enough spots to get everyone in that should be. Kent State also presents a curious case of readers needing to decide what their metrics are for inclusion. Is it about success only at Kent State? Say goodbye to Saban and Holtz. Is it about only as a player? See ya, Stricklin. Only able to be recognized for sporting only accomplishments? Hayhurst... he gone. And then there’s Antonio Gates who’s had tremendous success in the sport he isn’t known for at Kent after he left. Decisions, decisions, decisions, indeed. Our initial nominees are:
- Scott Stricklin, baseball
- Nick Saban, football
- Julian Edelman, football
- Dirk Hayhurst, baseball
- Joshua Cribbs, football
- James Harrison, football
- Lou Holtz, football
- Jack Lambert, football
- Antonio Gates, basketball and eventually football
- Anthony Grier, basketball
- Justin Greene, basketball
- Al Fisher, basketball
- DeAndre Haynes, basketball
- Chris Carpenter, baseball
Of course, the nominations above are the best we could do, but we are far from the expert that you likely are. So, we’re asking fans like you to tell us who we may have missed (or who shouldn’t be in there) in the comment section below. Do your best, and don’t worry... it’s only for an immortal award.
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