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Tide’s Cignetti reportedly ‘in the lead’ for Kent State job


When Kent State opens up the 2011 season with a likely physical and mental lashing at the hands of Alabama, they may have more in common with the Tide than just being Nick Saban‘s alma mater.

According to, sources close to the Tuscaloosa News said Alabama receivers coach/recruiting coordinator Curt Cignetti is the leading candidate to take the Kent State head coaching vacancy. However, it is unknown whether an offer has been passed to Cignetti and/or if he’s accepted/denied anything just yet.

The article also mentions that Kent State AD Joel Nielsen contacted Saban about the potential hire, but Saban, nor Cignetti, was available for comment.

Meanwhile, there are some fans in Morgantown, West Virginia who just can’t push offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen out the door hard enough. Mullen has also been considered a finalist for the position, although, according to what JT wrote earlier, West Virginia could find itself with an entirely new coaching staff next year altogether.

Regardless, it appears Cignetti is the leading candidate. However, Kent State has been firmly mum on the matter.

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