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You’ve likely heard the phrase, “it’s all about who you know.” For former Arkansas State OL Michael Flint, that person is Jacksonville State assistant John GrassFlint’s former high school coach.

According to the Anniston Star, Flint has signed a letter of intent to join Grass as a Gamecock.

Michael Flint

Michael Flint

“It just about is the perfect fit,” Flint told the paper. “I want to be at a program where I sort of know the coaches and how they run their offense, somewhere I fit in right. And I saw it as a way to get on the field and play again; that’s what I’ve been missing.”

Flint was recruited to Arkansas State by then-offensive coordinator Guz Malzahn. When Malzahn left last season to take the head job at Auburn, Flint considered leaving, but didn’t want to sit out a year.

Now he won’t have to, making the jump from the FBS to the FCS.

Flint, listed at 6’3″, 297, was a four-star rated recruit by ESPN coming out of high school. A native of Oxford, Alabama, the guard is familiar with the Gamecocks and their recent successes. If not for Malzahn, Flint may have gone to a much larger school, as he fielded offers from SEC and ACC teams.

Flint has three years of eligibility remaining.

The Gamecocks are coming off a disappointing season that ultimately led to the “reassignment” of head coach Jack Crowe. Flint could be a boon for an offense that finished in the bottom half of a high-flying offensive league last season, although there are still a few questions at quarterback.

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Compiling all OVC non-conference games

2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall


Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19


UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24