OMAHA – Mid-American Conference teams don’t often make it to the College World Series. Shoot, Midwestern teams don’t often get to play in Omaha. For that reason alone, the work that Kent State has done has turned some heads.
That’s also opened some doors for the Golden Flashes head coach, Scott Stricklin. The 40-year-old Kent State boss has turned KSU into a regional power
and now a national darling over the past eight seasons, led by a solid local recruiting base and his tireless work ethic. That’s piqued some ears at several Big Ten schools, who are looking for a chance to chat with Stricklin after the CWS.
The Detroit News is reporting that the University of Michigan has some interest in hiring Stricklin as a replacement for outgoing coach Rick Maloney. Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon is looking at a Kent State team that has defeated regional power Purdue, a strong SEC team from Kentucky and an up-and-comer on the west coast from Oregon and he sees a good fit in Stricklin.
Michigan coincidentally was the last Big Ten team to play in Omaha, way back in 1984. A B1G school hasn’t won the CWS since 1966, when Ohio State was the champion.
After a stellar season, that included another MAC title, a 21-game winning streak and KSU’s first trip to the CWS, Stricklin is going to have some choices to make. Does he stay with a program that he’s built and where he’ll always be considered a legend or does he move to the more financially lucrative pastures of the Big Ten, SEC or Big 12? Only time will tell. Until then, we’ll all have to just sit back and enjoy this Cinderella story.