Look for Kent State to announce a new home-and-home deal that would bring former Flashes men’s basketball coach Stan Heath and his South Florida Bulls to the M.A.C. Center in 2010-11.
The contracts should be signed sometime Tuesday and an official announcement is expected to follow within the week.
KSU has done some maneuvering to this year’s schedule to allow for the first game in the series with South Florida to be played in Tampa this season.
The Flashes have moved their game with Rochester College (originally scheduled for Dec. 8 ) to Nov. 22. Rochester College has officially been added to the field of the Hispanic College Classic as a one-game entry, giving Kent State the fourth game allowed in the exempt tournament under NCAA rules.
The move allows KSU to add one game to the schedule – a Nov. 25 trip to South Florida.
The Flashes schedule just got a bit more interesting, with the Big East game at South Florida opening a four-game road trip that concludes with visits to three consecutive NCAA tournament teams from last season – Nov. 29 at Morehead State, Dec. 4 at Xavier and Dec. 12 at Pittsburgh.
After hosting Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Dec. 20, the Flashes play at another NCAA tournament qualifier (Robert Morris, Dec. 22) before traveling to Santa Clara for the Cable Car Classic between Christmas and New Years.
The return of Heath in 2010-11 will make for an interesting day at the M.A.C. Center. Heath was, of course, the Flashes head coach during the team’s 2002 run to the NCAA tournament’s Elite Eight. After that one season in Kent, he left to become head coach at Arkansas. South Florida would become the first Big East team to visit the M.A.C. Center since KSU hosted West Virginia in the first round of the 2004 NIT.
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