Monday, May 31, 2010

Out Today

No blog updates on 5/31/10, see you tomorrow.

Friday, May 28, 2010

C-USA Baseball Tournament: Marshall vs. Rice

Marshall squares off against Rice today at 4pm in a must win game. The Herd must beat Rice and hope Southern Miss. defeats Houston to advance to Saturday’s championship game.

You can follow Marshall’s game vs. Rice at via game tracker.

If Marshall wins you can track Houston’s game against Southern Miss. at, first pitch 8pm EST.

Today's Marshall Sports News 5/28

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd dumps Memphis in C-USA tournament

From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall bounces back in C-USA

From the Herald Dispatch, MU's Kennedy 28th in regional meet

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd recruits win junior college title at Miami Dade

From the Herald Dispatch, Clemson team tops Kissell, Zaprazna

Thursday, May 27, 2010

C-USA Baseball Tournament: Marshall vs. Memphis

Follow the Herds 4pm C-USA baseball tournament game against Memphis on game tracker here:

Marshall is 0 – 1 on the tournament losing to Houston 11 – 7 last night. Memphis lost to Southern Miss. 8 – 2 yesterday.

Andy Katz: Donnie Jones to UCF no lateral move

Click here to read a Andy Katz love fest on Benedict Arnold leaving Marshall for the golden pastures of Orlando.

*Only read if you have already taken your blood pressure medication*

Today's Marshall Sports News 5/27

From the Charleston Gazette, Increased turnout for Big Green tour

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd's Pena trying out for Dominican team

From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall comeback falls short

From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Jackson soars with no place to practice

From the Herald Dispatch, Kissell falls in NCAA singles

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

C-USA Baseball Tournament, Marshall vs. Houston

You can follow Marshall’s first game in the C-USA baseball tournament tonight at 8pm via Game Tracker by visiting this link:

If you have a CBS college sports all – access pass you can watch the game on-line.

Today's Marshall Sports News 5/26

From the Charleston Gazette, Marshall looks to keep season on track

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Meeks' hot bat helping Herd

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Hoover's math class works for Hamrick

From the Herald Dispatch, Doubles team ready for NCAA

From the Herald Dispatch, Ohio-Marshall rivalry to renew

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd gets ready for Houston

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd puts four on All-C-USA teams

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Steve Blevins gets promoted

Former Marshall University Pitcher Steve Blevins has been promoted from the Beloit Snappers (Low A) to the Fort Myers Miracle (Single A Advanced). With the Snappers Blevins had an ERA of 3.86 in 11.2 IP while striking out 9 to 8 walks. Blevins also registered 6 saves for the Snappers.

Since joining Fort Myers Blevins has thrown 10.2 innings with an ERA of 1.69 while striking out 8 batters and only giving up 2 walks.

Blevins was drafter by the Minnesota Twins in the 21st round of the 2008 MLB first year player draft.

You can follow his performance in Fort Myers here:

Today's Marshall Sports News 5/25

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Hassan Whiteside shrinks

From the Herald Dispatch, Blank, Sikula named to C-USA All-Academic baseball team

From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Marshall's success starts with Gomez

From the Herald Dispatch, C-USA Baseball Championship begins Wednesday

Monday, May 24, 2010

Today's Marshall Sports News 5/24

From the Charleston Gazette, Conference should keep hands off scheduling

From the Herald Dispatch, Confident MU ready for tourney

From, Wheeling Park's Hone Walking on at Marshall

From, Cann pulls double duty

Friday, May 21, 2010

Today's Marshall Sports News 5/21

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall athletics expediting efforts

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd holds off late surge, defeats Wright State 9-7

From the Herald Dispatch, Giardina hired as associate athletic director

From the Herald Dispatch, Killinger hired as assistant coach

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Marshall / Huntington Development Project Funding Tabled

Read the whole story at the Herald Dispatch:

Future Marshall Baseball Pitcher Dominates Playoffs

West Branch (OH) pitcher Kolin Stanley, who inked a letter of intent with Marshall University, has been dominate throughout the playoffs. Read this article from for more information on his latest performance:

Today's Marshall Sports News 5/20

From the Charleston Gazette, C-USA picks El Paso for basketball tourney

From the Charleston Gazette, Marshall signs 6-10 juco player

From the Charleston Daily Mail, C-USA hoops to El Paso, the fallout

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Herd signs center; UTEP lands hoops tourney

From the Herald Dispatch, Williams signs letter of intent

From the Herald Dispatch, El Paso likely site for 2011 tourney

From the Herald Dispatch, Johnson signs to play for Herd women

From the Herald Dispatch, MU, Wright State begin 3-game series

From the Herald Dispatch, Conference USA wants its cupcakes and eat them too

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

UTEP / El Paso gets 2011 C-USA hoops tournament

A long way from Huntington.........

From The Charleston Daily Mail's MU Sports with Chuck McGill:

El Paso gets 2011 C-USA hoops tournament

This according to Commercial Appeal sports reporter Dan Wolken, who is in Destin, Fla., covering the Conference USA spring meetings. Wolken reported the outcome of the vote on his Twitter account, citing sources.

I’m surprised by the vote, although UTEP’s reported bid ($1 million) was higher than Memphis’ $750,000.

Byron Leftwich and Chris Lutz notes

Byron Leftwich is taking first team snaps in Pittsburg:

The Smart Gilas (Pilipino National Basketball team) are excited for Chris Lutz’s arrival:

C-USA League Meeting News

From the Orlando Sentinel, Conference USA Spring Meetings: Coaches seek bowl support, C-USA hopes for flexibility with TV deal

From the Mississippi Press, Conference USA coaches mull academic proposal at spring meetings

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Liberty Bowl's matchup snarled by SEC

Today's Marshall Sports News 5/19

From the Charleston Gazette, C-USA to make hoops tourney site decision today

From the Charleston Daily Mail, C-USA tourney a choice of Memphis or El Paso

From the Herald Dispatch, Seven-run inning helps lead Radford over Herd baseball

From the Herald Dispatch, MU track members make NCAA regionals

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

C-USA League Meeting News

From the Daily News Journal, Has MTSU already been a C-USA candidate?

From the Birmingham News, Conference expansion a hot topic at C-USA spring meetings in Destin

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Honesty's best C-USA policy, commissioner Britton Banowsky says

From the Orlando Sentinel, C-USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky: League not afraid of change

From the Orlando Sentinel, C-USA leaders challenge basketball programs to be more competitive

Today's Marshall Sports News 5/18

From the Herald Dispatch, Former Herd congratulate Brown

From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Decisions this week could be interesting

From the Herald Dispatch, Big improvements planned at stadium

From the Herald Dispatch, JuCo player commits to MU

From the Herald Dispatch, Whiteside projected NBA lottery pick

From the Herald Dispatch, Venue changed for MU vs. Radford

Monday, May 17, 2010

Cleveland Melvin picks DePaul

From the Herald Dispatch:

HUNTINGTON — Cleveland Melvin, the 6-foot-8 prep school men’s basketball prospect high on Marshall’s recruiting list, chose to attend DePaul.

Melvin’s commitment was announced on some recruiting websites.

He originally was verbally committed to Connecticut, but de-committed and looked at some other schools, including Marshall.

C-USA Spring Meeting

A few articles from around C-USA about this weeks spring meeting:

From the Tulsa World, C-USA meetings to cover many areas

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Pastner, Tigers take bigger role in C-USA meetings

From the Orlando Sentinel, Conference USA set to discuss its future while members consider leaving

Marshall losses out on Cleveland Melvin?

Two tweets from TheRecruitScoop:

Cleveland Melvin is down to 2 schools. He will decide between Rutgers & DePaul

Last tweet until right before 3:30 when I will announce where former UConn commit Cleveland Melvin '10 lands. Zagsblog will have my story.

Today's Marshall Sports News 5/17

From the Herald Dispatch, Golf outing wraps up 10th Bartrum and Brown

From the Herald Dispatch, Houston tops Marshall baseball

From the Herald Dispatch, MU's Jackson places second at C-USA Outdoor meet

From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Graham impresses more ways than one

Friday, May 14, 2010

Cleveland Melvin Update

From Adam Zagoria’s "Zag Blog" on SNY.TV:

Fresh off his visit to Rutgers this week, 6-8 forward Cleveland Melvin could be making a decision in the coming days.

“He will sit down with his mom and family members and ponder a decision,” said Anthony Lewis, Melvin’s coach with the Cecil Kirk AAU program. “He’s gotta get it right.”

Lewis said Melvin is still considering Rutgers, DePaul, Seton Hall and Marshall although Seton Hall is no longer actively recruiting him.

Lewis said he wasn’t aware of that.

Melvin, who initially committed to UConn, enjoyed the Rutgers visit, which he took along with fellow Baltimore native Antoine Myers,a 6-3 point guard.

“I think the visit went well,” Lewis said.

Asked when Melvin might decide, Lewis said, “I suspect over the weekend or the first of the week.”

As for Myers, Lewis said he plans to visit UNC-Wilmington soon and is considering several schools.

“He will take another visit or two and then pull his list together as well,” Lewis said.

Update on Huntington Development Project

The good folks over at have a nice update on the development project possibly heading to Huntington. It is definitely worth a read and does a good job describing how much planning already has, and how much planning still needs to be done in order to see this project come to fruition.

Here is a link:

Today's Marshall Sports News 5/14

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd visits Houston for final series of regular season

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd's Stoehr earns academic recognition

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Huntington Development / Marshall Baseball Field

Details of the Huntington/Marshall development project that made news two weeks ago were revealed yesterday. Head to the Herald Dispatch, ( for all the prudent information.

Marshall stands to gain a baseball stadium and research and development facility from the project. A new track, soccer field, and indoor practice facility could also be included. Huntington would add a 110-room hotel and conference center, 20,000 square feet of retail space, a law enforcement training center, transportation training facility, and extended-stay housing. Please review the map here (, for a over head view of where the development would take place.

New Marshall Scoreboard Renderings


Today's Marshall Sports News 5/13

From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Marshall has good chance at top recruit

From the Herald Dispatch, Rick McCann: Herrion keeps up pursuit of prospects

From the Herald Dispatch, MU golf enjoying academic success

From the Herald Dispatch, Turner signs with Herd

From the Herald Dispatch, Local sports briefs

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Eric Kresser the painter?

From Mitch Vingle’s column in today’s Charleston Gazette:

Mike Dunlap, president of the Don Nehlen Chapter of the National Football Foundation, has put together quite a lineup for the May 14 scholar-athlete banquet at Charleston's Marriott.

Aside from Nehlen, former assistant and new Marshall coach Doc Holliday, ex-MU assistant Red Dawson, ex-WVU players Robert Alexander, Walt Easley and Major Harris, ex-MU player Todd Donnan and Winfield legend Leon McCoy are expected to attend.

Among the items to be given away are a painting of Joan Edwards Stadium by painter and former Marshall QB Eric Kresser. (Who knew?)

Today's Marshall Sports News 5/12

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd's Brown elected to College Hall of Fame

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall's Troy Brown going to college Hall of Fame

From the Herald Dispatch, Troy Brown elected to College Hall

From the Herald Dispatch, Morehead State has chance to sweep Marshall

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd’s Valle earns conference honors

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Troy Brown elected to College Football Hall of Fame

From the L.A Times:,0,6414928.story

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former Marshall wide receiver Troy Brown, who went on to a long career with the New England Patriots, has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

A return specialist for Marshall in the early 90s, Brown is to be inducted in July in South Bend, Ind.

He was a member of Marshall's 1992 Division I-AA championship team. He scored 28 career touchdowns, including four on special teams.

A year ago, he retired after 14 NFL seasons, all with the Patriots.

Today's Marshall Sports News 5/11

From the Charleston Gazette, SC's Henry commits to Virginia Commonwealth

From the Charleston Daily Mail, South Charleston's Perry Henry chooses Virginia Commonwealth

From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall announces 2010 Hall of Fame inductees

Monday, May 10, 2010

Indoor Football returns to Huntington

The Ultimate Indoor Football League (UIFL) has awarded an expansion franchise to Huntington WV and the Big Sandy Super Store Arena for 2011.Read this Herald Dispatch article for more info:

This will be Huntington’s fourth indoor football team, previously the River City Locomotives (1 season), Huntington Heroes (3 seasons), and West Virginia Wild (did not play a game) have played indoor football in Huntington.

Indoor football has always been a great way to watch former Herd stars keep the dream alive. Most recently the Huntington Heroes had a number of former Marshall football players including Jimmy Skinner, Jamus Martin, Chris Royal, Donte Newsome, Curtis Keyes, and Michael "Kool Aid" Owens.

Today's Marshall Sports News 5/10

From the Charleston Gazette, In C-USA, only Pirates ready to ship out

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Refocused Sikula leads Herd

From the Herald Dispatch, Unusual ending to season finale

From the Herald Dispatch, Q&A with Doc Holliday

From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Lopsided series vs. Rice hard to stomach

From the Herald Dispatch, Owls take series with 14-4 win

From the Herald Dispatch, Small overcame obstacles

Friday, May 7, 2010

Cleveland Melvin to visit Rutgers next week

Much talked about Marshall basketball recruit Cleveland Melvin was on the campus of Seton Hall yesterday and will reportedly visit Rutgers next week. Adam Zagoira at SNY.TV details Melvin’s official visit plans here:

Today's Marshall Sports News 5/7

From the Charleston Gazette, His job's a snap

From the Charleston Gazette, Jones pays buyout debt to Marshall

From the Charleston Gazette, C-USA joins consortium for basketball officiating

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd faces No. 25 Rice today in opener of three-game set at APP

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Herd's Herrion juggles recruiting, scheduling

From the Herald Dispatch, Hurricane grad leads Marshall into Rice series

From the Herald Dispatch, Jones pays his debt to Marshall

From the Herald Dispatch, Kissell, Zaprazna make NCAA tennis championships

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Donnie Jones Pays full $500,000 buyout

From the Herald Dispatch:

HUNTINGTON — Former Marshall University men’s basketball head coach Donnie Jones said Friday he has paid the full $500,000 buyout he owed his former employer.

A Marshall athletic department official confirmed the payment.

Former Marshall basketball start Tyrone Collins to be honored in NJ

Read the article here, from the

Tyrone Collins started for three seasons at Marshall in the early 70’s. He tragically passed away in 1996, drowning in his own swimming pool.

Today's Marshall Sports News 5/6

From the Charleston Gazette, MU's Hamrick waiting to see where realignment chips fall

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Ripley's Fischer headed to Wake Forest

From the Herald Dispatch, MU's home run king: Victor Gomez

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd's Kissell makes first team All-C-USA

From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Chase Fischer commits to Wake Forest

From, Four Herd Tennis Players Land on C-USA All-Conference Team

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Chase Fischer to Wake Forest

Former Marshall basketball verbal commitment Chase Fisher of Ripley (WV) High School has broken his commitment to the Herd and pledged to Wake Forest. Fisher’s commitment fell into serious doubt after Donnie Jones left for Central Florida.

Read about Fischer’s commitment here:

Red Dawson Visits Leon High School (FL)


Students at Leon High got a visit from a former Seminole who was also part of a very famous football team.

The students wrote letters to Red Dawson, one of the coaches at Marshall University who was *not* on the plane that crashed killing players, coaches, boosters and parents in 1970.
Red talked to the students about the tragedy, how the movie lived up to real life, and how important it is to do what's right.

"Maybe one of them might get motivated to work hard, and be somebody and I just wanted to see the students," says Dawson.

"What I can take away from it is to just stay working hard, keep my mind set straight on school and my books and play football with all my heart and make sure I finish out the school year," says Christiaan Davis, one of the students who wrote to Dawson.

Dawson still lives in West Virginia but still visits Valdosta where he grew up

Today's Marshall Sports News 5/5

From the Charleston Gazette, Herrion signs first recruit

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Baltimore guard is Herrion's first Herd signee

From the Herald Dispatch, Baltimore prospect fits toughness bill

From the Herald Dispatch, MU women's basketball lands Detroit guard

From the Herald Dispatch, Chadwick, celebrity chefs set for kitchen

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Dante Holmes to Marshall Basketball

Plenty of college programs recruited Dante Holmes throughout his four years at St. Frances.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound wing heard pitches from coaches in the ACC, Big East, Big 12 and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, among others. But a late entrant from Conference USA ultimately earned Holmes’ commitment.

“We did an official visit over the weekend, and it was one of those things where some schools started calling like Boston College, Iowa State,” said Carlos Green, a St. Frances assistant and Holmes’ uncle. “But Marshall just ... wanted him really bad. They were real consistent in his recruitment. The head coach, as soon as he got the job, he called the next day. He wanted to come and see Dante. The assistant coach was consistent in calling and it was just a real good fit.”.................

Read the whole article here from Matt Bracken's Recruting Report Blog at the Baltimore Sun:

Chris Lutz to play for the Smart-Gilas national developmental team

Former Marhsall basketball guard Chris Luzt has agreed to play for the Smart-Gilas national developmental team. The Smart-Gilas is a developmental Philippine national basketball team sponsored by Smart Communications and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas. The team is bannered by collegiate and amateur standouts whose ultimate goal is to reach the 2012 London Olympics. Lutz will arrive in the Philippines later this month to join the team.

Lutz qualifies to play for the Smart-Gilas because his mother is from the Philippines.

Read the whole story from GMANEWS.TV here:

A few notes on Orlando Allen

Started to play organized basketball his Junior year of high school.

Attended Paris (TX) Junior College for two seasons.

During his Freshman season at Junior College Allen averaged 1.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in limited action. Due to leg and knee injuries Allen did not play his Sophomore year.

Over two seasons and 28 games at Oklahoma including one start Allen has averaged 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds in limited action.

Allen will have one year of eligibility remaining.

Orlando Allen transferring to Marshall

From Chuck Landon’s column in today’s Herald Dispatch:

It appears a player is going to follow new Marshall assistant coach Mark Cline from the University of Oklahoma.

He is Orlando Allen -- all 6-10, 288 pounds of him.

Like former Herd player Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes, Allen already has his college degree but has a year of eligibility remaining. So, if the NCAA grants his waiver request, Allen will be eligible immediately.

The Cincinnati, Ohio, native played in only nine games for the Sooners last season, averaging 1.2 points and 1.9 rebounds.

But considering Allen's size and the Herd's lack thereof, he would be a big addition to Marshall's roster.

Orlando Allen's Oklahoma bio:

Today's Marshall Sports News 5/4

From the Charleston Gazette, Miller leaves MU, heads to Mountain State

From the Charleston Gazette, Jones: Marshall will get its money

From the Charleston Gazette, C-USA basketball tourney update

From the Herald Dispatch, Where Marshall stands

From the Herald Dispatch, Cam Miller heading to Beckley

From the Herald Dispatch, NJCAA All-American signs with MU women

From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Jones' reply to buyout issue leaves much to be desired

Monday, May 3, 2010

Darius Marshall not retained by Tampa Bay

Five try out participants inked free agent contracts with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after this weekends mini camp, former Marshall running back Darius Marshall was not one of them.

To see the list of players Tampa Bay gave contracts to click here:

Cam Miller transferring to MSU

Former Marshall basketball forward Cam Miller is leaving the Herd for Mountain State University (NAIA). Miller spent two seasons at Marshall, only playing one year after transferring from Western Carolina.

Read about Miller’s transfer here, from the Beckley Registered Herald:

RiverPalce LLC and Marshall?

A quick note from this weekend provided by Chuck Landon:

As many have suspected the $50 million in federally-backed bonds RiverPlace LLC has gained authority from the Cabell County Commission to apply for does involve Marshall. Take a look at Chuck Landon’s column from Saturday for more info:

Read the original story about RiverPlace’s possible development project here:

Today's Marshall Sports News 5/3

From the Charleston Gazette, No sympathy here for Roethlisberger

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Donnie Jones comments on buyout

From the Herald Dispatch, Coaches Tour takes off May 11

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd wraps up ECU series with 10-3 win

From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall and Houston battle to 4-4 tie

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Great story about former Herd star Jim Canterberry

I don't normally post on Sunday's but Frank Giardina of the Charleston Gazette wrote a great story about Marshall track star Jim Canterberry, please give it a read: