Sunday, January 31, 2010

New Defensive Coordinator Chis Rippon

From Chuck Landon of the Herlad Dispatch: http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300716116/Rippon-is-working-as-defensive-coordinator

There were several new faces in Marshall's Shewey Building this weekend.

They didn't all belong to football prospects making official visits, either.

Besides the prospects, there also was Marshall's new defensive coordinator.

Say hello to Chris Rippon (pronounced Rip-ON).

Although Marshall hasn't formally announced the hiring, Rippon is here and on the job.

He completes new Herd head football coach Doc Holliday's staff.

Albert McClellan to NFL Combine

From Chuck Landon of the Herald Dispatch: http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300716116/Rippon-is-working-as-defensive-coordinator

Marshall defensive end Albert McClellan has been invited to participate in the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine on Feb. 24-March 2 at Indianapolis.

There are rumors that former Marshall running back Darius Marshall, who decided to forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft as a junior, also has been invited to the NFL Combine.

5 New Marshall Verbal Commitments

From the Herald Dispatch: http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x818846440/Marshall-University-football-secures-four-more-verbal-commitments

Jermaine Kelson, 5-7, 156, ATH, Miami Southridge H.S. (Fla.): Southern Florida has proven productive during recruiting season, and Kelson ranks among the area’s more diverse playmakers. Kelson, who reportedly had committed to Central Michigan, lined up at quarterback in high school but projects at several Division I-A positions.

Josh Lovell, 6-6, 270, L, Christchurch School (Va.): Lovell ranks as the nation’s No. 28 tight end prospect by www.scout.com. His athleticism, however, could allow Lovell to segue to offensive tackle. He also enjoyed a standout defensive end career at Christchurch.
Maryland, West Virginia and South Carolina also offered Lovell.

Randy Richards, 6-4, 310, C, College of Sequoias (Cal.): Immediate offensive line impact is a priority in this year’s recruiting class. Richards reportedly had committed to New Mexico State and also was offered by Arkansas.

Justin Haig, 5-10, 170, K, American Heritage H.S. (Fla.): West Virginia offered Haig, who also received strong interest from Miami (Fla.) and Vanderbilt. Haig was a high school teammate of Marshall verbal commitment Darius Millines.

Stefon Grace, 6-4, 200, ATH, Cincinnati North College Hill (Ohio): The rangy wideout has served as a top playmaker at the perennial Division IV contender. Grace received interest from both Mid-American Conference and Big Ten schools. He’s lined up at numerous positions, including wide receiver, linebacker and defensive end.

Friday, January 29, 2010

This Weekends Marshall Recruiting Visits

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300715184/Holliday-is-not-done-yet

JERMAINE KELSON, 5-7, 156, ATH, MIAMI SOUTHRIDGE H.S., FLA.

Southern Florida has proven productive during recruiting season, and Kelson ranks among the area's more diverse playmakers. Kelson, who's reportedly committed to Central Michigan, lined up at quarterback in high school but projects at several positions.

JOSH LOVELL, 6-6, 270, L, CHRISTCHURCH SCHOOL, VA.

Lovell ranks as the nation's No. 28 tight end prospect by www.scout.com. His athleticism, however, could allow Lovell to segue to offensive tackle. He also enjoyed a standout defensive end career at Christchurch.

Maryland, West Virginia and South Carolina also have offered Lovell.

RANDY RICHARDS, 6-4, 310, C, COLLEGE OF SEQUOIAS, CALIF.

Immediate offensive line impact is a priority in this year's recruiting class. Richards reportedly has committed to New Mexico State and also has been offered by Arkansas.

JUSTIN HAIG, 5-10, 170, K, AMERICAN HERITAGE H.S., FLA.

West Virginia has offered Haig, who also has received strong interest from Miami and Vanderbilt. Haig was a high school teammate of Marshall verbal commitment Darius Millines.

STEFON GRACE, 6-4, 200, ATH, CINCINNATI NORTH COLLEGE HILL, OHIO.

The rangy wideout has served as a top playmaker at the perennial Division IV contender. Grace has received interest from Mid-American Conference and Big Ten schools. He's lined up at numerous positions, including wide receiver, linebacker and defensive end.

TYON DIXON, 5-11, 188, LB, COLERAIN H.S., OHIO.

A sideline-to-sideline defender, Dixon is rated as the nation's No. 135 outside linebacker. He's verbally committed to Louisville, also has received an offer from Ball State and has received interest from Michigan, West Virginia and Cincinnati.

MAURICE ROBERTS, 6-0, 175, ATH, IMMOKALEE H.S., FLA.

The two-way player has lined up at defensive back and wide receiver. Roberts reportedly has committed to Western Michigan.

Today's Marshall Sports News 1/29

From the Charleston Gazette, Doc bringing in big recruits this weekend

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001280857

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd glass half-empty

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001280852

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall coach has faith in Johnson

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201001290045

From the Herald Dispatch, McCann: Pressure wins may come with experience

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300715182/Pressure-wins-may-come-with-experience

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd football has more visitors

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300715184/Holliday-is-not-done-yet

From HerdZone.com, King's Double-Double Not Enough As Herd Falls To Tigers, 57-50

http://herdzone.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/recaps/012810aaa.html

Thursday, January 28, 2010

UAB Players Scuffle with Marshall Student

From the Parthenon Police Blotter: http://www.marshallparthenon.com/news/marshall-police-blotter-1.2149455

Bar Brawl
A confrontation began inside The Hot Corner bar on Fourth Avenue late Saturday night. It started with words of disagreement between four male UAB basketball players and Marshall students regarding the results of the basketball game earlier that evening. The participants were quickly thrown out of the bar, and the argument turned violent until police arrived. No arrests were made.

Mark Cann Giving Baseball Another Crack

From Gary Fauber of the Beckley Register-Herald: http://www.register-herald.com/sports/local_story_026233719.html

Mark Cann is in no way done with football. He will be at spring drills and would like to win back his starting quarterback position when Marshall ushers in the Doc Holliday era in August.

But when the chance to return to the baseball field arose, Cann jumped.

“It was just an opportunity given to me,” Cann said Tuesday. “I just felt like I wanted to approach it and see what happens.”

Darius Marshall to NFL Combine

From Doug Smock’s Inside Marshall Sports Blog at the Charleston Gazette: http://blogs.wvgazette.com/dougsmock/

I will seek a little additional confirmation to make sure, but I was told tonight that Darius Marshall has been invited to the Combine. If so, I consider that a pleasant surprise… hey, I do want him to do well, as Ahmad Bradshaw before him.

UAB Coach Mike Davis Said it Best

UAB basketball coach Mike Davis discussing the difference between Marshall and UAB after last weeks game:

"I think the difference in us and other teams ... I think that we've been in this situation a lot," UAB Coach Mike Davis said. "We played at Arkansas, won on a last second shot. Played with Virginia down the stretch of the game. Played Samford, three-point game, last shot we won. SMU, down 243 and come back and win in the very end. Southern Mississippi.

"We've been here before. You don't want to be in these situations, but at the same time we have and I think that was the difference in these two basketball teams."


Last nights loss was disheartening but will serve as a great learning experience for the Herd. Lets hope the team can grow from these disappointments and become a better basketball team in March and beyond.

Today's Marshall Sports News 1/28

From the Charleston Gazette, Missed opportunity

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001270881

From the Charleston Gazette, Nice effort, but still waiting for a statement

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001270883

From the Charleston Gazette, Darius Marshall, Memphis media

http://blogs.wvgazette.com/dougsmock/2010/01/27/darius-marshall-memphis-media/

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall men drop another close call

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201001280015

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall locks up Donnie Jones through 2013-14 season

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201001270657

From the Herald Dispatch, Tigers hold off Herd, 75-72

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x818846206/Tigers-hold-off-Herd-75-72

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd's Gomez on preseason team

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x818846175/Herds-Gomez-on-preseason-team

From the Herald Dispatch, Sweetheart Clinic registration begins

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1153717406/Sweetheart-Clinic-registration-begins

From the Herald Dispatch, Landon: Close, but not yet, for this young Herd team

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1153717443/Landon-Close-but-not-yet-for-this-young-Herd-team

From the Herald Dispatch, Handy assumes post as leader

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x300714668/Handy-assumes-post-as-leader

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Marshall vs. Memphis Tonight!

If you can not make it to the Henderson Center tonight CBS College Sports Network will be broadcasting our game agianst Memphis starting at 8pm.

Marshall says goodbye to Rick Minter

From: http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300714102/Jones-new-deal-extends-a-good-thing-for-Marshall

It's official. Rick Minter is not going to be retained on new MU football coach Doc Holliday's staff.

"I was told Monday they're going in a different direction," said Minter, who had been defensive coordinator and interim coach for MU's Little Caesars Pizza Bowl win over Ohio.

"I was happy here for two years. It was fun being a part of Herd football. It was fun to see the kids play really, really well in the bowl game."

Minter got the future off to a good start in the bowl game. He should be remembered for that.

Marshall Basketball: Donnie Jones Secret Extension?

I already linked this in today’s Marshall sports news but I think it deserves its own post. According to Chuck Landon of the Herald Dispatch, Marshall basketball coach Donnie Jones has inked a new four year contract. Athletic Director Mike Hamrick declined to talk about the possible extension:

"Donnie and I have had a few discussions about his future," said Hamrick. "At the appropriate time, we'll make that known."

If the rumored extension is true Jones would be at Marshall through the 2013 – 2014 season.

Read the whole article here: http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300714102/Jones-new-deal-extends-a-good-thing-for-Marshall

This Weekends Recruiting Visits

JERMAINE KELSON, 5-7, 156, ATH, MIAMI SOUTHRIDGE H.S., FLA.

Southern Florida has proven productive during recruiting season, and Kelson ranks among the area's more diverse playmakers. Kelson, who's reportedly committed to Central Michigan, lined up at quarterback in high school but projects at several NCAA Division I-A positions.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/marshall/football/recruiting/player-Jermaine-Kelson-105269

JOSH LOVELL, 6-6, 270, L, CHRISTCHURCH SCHOOL, VA.
Lovell ranks as the nation's No. 28 tight end prospect by www.scout.com. His athleticism, however, could allow Lovell to segue to offensive tackle. He also enjoyed a standout defensive end career at Christchurch.

Maryland, West Virginia and South Carolina also have offered Lovell.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/marshall/football/recruiting/player-Josh-Lovell-63887

RANDY RICHARDS, 6-4, 310, C, COLLEGE OF SEQUOIAS, CAL.

Immediate offensive line impact is a priority in this year's recruiting class. Richards reportedly has committed to New Mexico State and also has been offered by Arkansas.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/marshall/football/recruiting/player-Randy-Richards-98669

JUSTIN HAIG, 5-10, 170, K, AMERICAN HERITAGE H.S., FLA.

West Virginia University has offered Haig, who also has received strong interest from Miami and Vanderbilt. Haig was a high school teammate of Marshall verbal commitment Darius Millines.

STEFON GRACE, 6-3, WR, CINCINNATI NORTH COLLEGE HILL, OHIO

The rangy wideout has served as a top playmaker at the perennial Division IV contender.

From: http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300714106/Holliday-lands-yet-another-prospect

Today's Marshall Sports News 1/27

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd's ready for the new-look Memphis

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001260750

From the Charleston Gazette, Stuff on the Memphis game

http://blogs.wvgazette.com/dougsmock/2010/01/26/stuff-on-the-memphis-game/

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Herd on the tail of the Tigers

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201001270065

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Holy injuries, Batman …

http://blogs.dailymail.com/marshall/2010/01/26/holy-injuries-batman/

From the Herald Dispatch, 'White-out' for Marshall-Memphis

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300714104/White-out-for-Marshall-Memphis

From the Herald Dispatch, Holliday lands Carolina speedster

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300714106/Holliday-lands-yet-another-prospect

From the Herald Dispatch, Landon: Jones' new deal extends a good thing for Marshall

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300714102/Jones-new-deal-extends-a-good-thing-for-Marshall

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

DB Joe Johnson Commits to Marshall

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/recruiting/os-recruiting-joe-johnson-commits-to-marshall-126,0,7552784.story

By Chris Hays
Orlando Sentinel

New Smyrna DB Joe Johnson likes what he sees going on at Marshall under the guidance of new football Coach Doc Holliday, and he's decided he wants to be a part of it.

Johnson committed to the Thundering Herd this past weekend during a recruiting trip.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound defensive back, ranked No. 58 in the Sentinel's Central Florida Top 100, is just one of many Florida commitments Holliday has lured his way. Marshall has 20 commitments for the 2010 recruiting class, including nine from Florida.

"We're trying to change things around up there and about 85 percent of those boys are from Florida. We're going to take over the world soon," Johnson laughed. "Nah but really, that's why I committed up there. It feels like home even though it's far away."

Holliday was assistant coach at West Virginia prior to taking the Marshall job last month. He was the Mountaineers' main recruiting force in Florida but when he left for Marshall, his Florida pull followed.

Johnson picked Marshall over USF, Tennessee State and Western Michigan.

"It was way better than I thought it would be," Johnson said of his visit. "I was blown away by the coaching style. I got the feeling that I was going to be in great hands."

Johnson's ability to play both cornerback and safety will allow his some versatility at Marshall and likely allow him a more speedy ascent up the depth chart.

"I know how to play both positions really well. I watch a lot of film," Johnson said. "And I'll play wherever it will help the team."

"They told me I might be able to start right away. I talked to Coach Doc and he really wanted me to be part of what they are doing. So now I'm part of the Herd."

Marshall Football Recruiting News

• Wide Receiver Jazz King from Byrnes High School in South Carolina committed to Marshall yesterday:

http://rivals.yahoo.com/purdue/football/recruiting/player-Jazz-King-90770

Further explanation of the next two bullet points can be found in Chuck Landon’s Herald Dispatch article from today: http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300713486/Hollidays-recruitment-game-walks-the-walk

• It was already known that Thundering Herd commitment Trevor Black had enrolled at Marshall. Today we learned that long snapper James Power (http://rivals.yahoo.com/marshall/football/recruiting/player-James-Power-89259) also started school at Marshall and will be available for spring practice.

• Darien Moody (http://rivals.yahoo.com/marshall/football/recruiting/player-Darien-Moody-949280), a defensive end from Ohio who committed during the Mark Snyder regime will not be part of Doc Holliday’s first recruiting class. Moody is the second player recruited by Snyder to re-open his commitment, Jamie Onufrak also de-committed earlier this month.

Today's Marshall Sports News 1/26

From the Charleston Gazette, Whiteside honored again

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001250787

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd adds receiver from South Carolina

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001250788

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Herd gets a Jazzy recruit

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201001250705

From the Charleston Daily Mail, 78 people show love for Korn

http://blogs.dailymail.com/marshall/2010/01/25/78-people-show-love-for-korn/

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Houston hires new defensive coordinator

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/ConfrenceUSASporta/201001250692

From the Herald Dispatch, MU freshman picks up 4th rookie of the week honors

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300713488/MU-freshman-picks-up-4th-rookie-of-the-week-honors

From the Herald Dispatch, Holliday's recruitment game walks the walk

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300713486/Hollidays-recruitment-game-walks-the-walk

Monday, January 25, 2010

Bad News for Bernard Morris

The Jacksonville Sharks have added veteran area football quarterback Aaron Garcia to there roster. Garcia has thrown for over 40,000 yards during his arena football career.

Former Marshall quarterback Bernard Morris was assigned to the Sharks earlier this month and now appears to be fighting for a back up spot rather than a starting role.

The Jacksonville Sharks are a first year franchise in the new Arena Football One league.

Read the whole story here: http://jacksonville.com/sports/other_sports/2010-01-22/story/jacksonville_sharks_add_arena_football_veteran_aaron_garcia_at_

Weekends Verbal Commitments

The Following players verbally committed to Marshall football over the weekend:

Ed Sullivan, QB, Boca Raton (FL)

http://rivals.yahoo.com/marshall/football/recruiting/player-Ed-Sullivan-89815

Garrett Scott, OL, Douglas (GA)

http://rivals.yahoo.com/marshall/football/recruiting/player-Garrett-Scott-99008

Joe Johnson, DB, New Smyrna Beach (FL)

http://rivals.yahoo.com/marshall/football/recruiting/player-Joe-Johnson-97232

Mike Fleurizard, DT, West Palm Beach (FL)

http://rivals.yahoo.com/marshall/football/recruiting/player-Mike-Fleurizard-103223

Raheem Waiters to Greyshirt

From the Charleston Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201001250017?page=2&build=cache

RIVERSIDE STAR wide receiver Raheem Waiters is verbally committed to Marshall, but will not be a part of Holliday's inaugural Herd recruiting class.

Waiters, who is rehabilitating a knee injury, has been asked to greyshirt, according to Riverside Athletic Director Jason Cantrell.

Waiters will not enroll at Marshall until January 2011. His eligibility clock will not start until the Fall of 2011, when he could redshirt and sit out a second season or play immediately.

Waiters' senior season came to an abrupt end when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Oct. 9 against George Washington. The 6-2 receiver, who originally committed to Mark Snyder in June, had 77 receptions for 1,289 yards and 12 touchdowns in his final three seasons with the Warriors.

Today's Marshall Sports News 1/25

From the Charleston Gazette, Still work to do for Whiteside

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001240477

From the Charleston Gazette, QB switches gears, picks Herd over Wake

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001240478

From the Charleston Gazette, The latest commitments

http://blogs.wvgazette.com/dougsmock/2010/01/24/the-latest-commitments/

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Holliday recruits adding up for Marshall

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201001250017

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Herd basketball still looking for big win

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201001250005

From the Herald Dispatch, MU men look to bounce back against Memphis on Wednesday

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300712984/MU-men-look-to-bounce-back-against-Memphis-on-Wednesday

From the Herald Dispatch, Recruits commit to Marshall

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300712986/Recruits-commit-to-Marshall

From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall women beat Morehead State, 7-0, in tennis match

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300712988/Marshall-women-beat-Morehead-State-7-0-in-tennis-match

Friday, January 22, 2010

Marshall vs. UAB Tickets

Only a limited amount of $9 general admission tickets are available for the UAB at Marshall men's basketball game Saturday night (7pm) in Cam Henderson Center.

Business hours for the Cam Henderson Center ticket office are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday. The ticket office opens at 3 p.m., Saturday, before the 7 p.m. game.

Tickets can be ordered online at www.herdzone.com. Ticket orders can be picked up during regular business hours.

For more information about tickets call 304-696-HERD or 1-800-THE-HERD.

Recruiting: Something to Think About

Found a Wall Street Journal article from December about the correlation between getting top recruits and participating in a bowl game.

Do you think the amount of top 100 rated recruits on a teams roster impacts a university’s chance of going bowling? Find out here:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704304504574610421544186330.html

This Weekends Recruiting Visits

JARRED HAGGINS, 6-0, 180, ATHLETE, LAKELAND H.S., FLA.

Look no farther than the list of offers for "Scooter" Haggins to learn that he ranks as an elite prospect. Florida State, Florida, Ohio State, Louisville, Tennessee and South Florida also have offered Haggins, who has verbally committed to FSU.

Haggins played quarterback at perennial power Lakeland and is rated No. 48 nationally as a safety prospect.

TEVIN DRAKE, 5-FOOT-11, 187 POUNDS, RB, NATURE COAST H.S., FLA.

Rushed for more than 1,500 yards in each of two seasons and totaled 51 rushing touchdowns overall during his career. He averaged at least 7.4 yards a carry in each season and is rated No. 108 overall nationally at his position.

JOSH LOVELL, 6-6, 270, OL, CHRISTCHURCH SCHOOL, VA.

Combining size and athleticism, Lovell played tight end and defensive end last season, but could segue to offensive line. He's rated as the nation's No. 28 tight end prospect by www.scout.com.

Lovell also has been offered by West Virginia and Maryland.

A.J. SCOTT, 6-5, 272, DE, ROBERT E. LEE H.S., VA.

Defensive line certainly is a priority in this year's recruiting class and the front was early addressed. Scott, an every-down end, was the Thundering Herd's first verbal commitment of the 2010 class.

TONY ZENON, 5-8, 158, RB, DEERFIELD-WINDSOR H.S., GA.

Although rushing for more than 5,000 yards during his high school career, Zenon largely has been overlooked on recruiting radars. Despite being transplanted from his Louisiana home following Hurricane Katrina, Zenon has carved a stellar career in Georgia.

GARRETT SCOTT, 6-4, 270, OL, COFFEE COUNTY H.S., GA.

Scott provides the needed bulk in Marshall's defensive interior. Along with Marshall, Troy, UAB, Arkansas State and Jackson State have offered.

JOE JOHNSON, 5-11, 173, S, NEW SMYRNA BEACH H.S., FLA.

Johnson totaled 85 tackles and six interceptions and broke up 16 passes as a high school senior. Marshall, South Florida, Western Michigan and Tennessee State have offered the playmaker.

DARRYL ROBERTS, 5-11, 154, CB, LAKELAND H.S., FLA.

Roberts joins high school teammate Haggins this weekend in Huntington. His senior season highlights included a 77-yard interception return to the end zone.

Today's Marshall Sports News 1/22

From the Charleston Gazette, Clemson QB among Doc's recruiting targets

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001210724

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd basketball becoming a hot ticket

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001210726

From the Charleston Gazette, The QB who is visitin’

http://blogs.wvgazette.com/dougsmock/2010/01/21/the-qb-who-is-visitin/

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Huntington helping sell Marshall to top recruits

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201001220045

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Touted Clemson QB among recruits visiting MU

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201001220020

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Herd's Smith wants to play Holliday's way

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201001220019

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Herd set to fight for rule of C-USA

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201001220018

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd focus back on C-USA

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300711681/Marshall-turns-focus-back-to-conference

From the Herald Dispatch, Next group of prospects to visit

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300711683/Next-group-of-prospects-to-visit

Thursday, January 21, 2010

McNeill reportedly hired as East Carolina coach

From the Sporting News at: http://www.sportingnews.com/college-football/article/2010-01-21/mcneill-reportedly-hired-east-carolina-coach

Former Texas Tech defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill will become the next head coach at his alma mater, East Carolina, ESPN's Joe Schad reports via Twitter.

McNeill was named the Red Raiders' interim coach for the Alamo Bowl after Mike Leach was suspended last month for the alleged mistreatment of wide receiver Adam James. McNeill led the team to a 41-31 victory over Michigan State.

After Leach was fired, McNeill interviewed for Texas Tech's vacancy, but former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville was hired instead.

At East Carolina, McNeill will replace Skip Holtz, who left to coach South Florida. In addition to playing defensive back for the Pirates in the late '70s, McNeill was their defensive line coach in 1992.

Bob Huggins Verbally Attacks Marshall Fans

Great blog post by Reevis, a disk jockey at 92.7/98.5 The Planet about WVU coach Bob Huggins verbally attacking Marshall fans at the end of last nights game. Read it here: http://reevis927.blogspot.com/2010/01/hey-huggins-heckling-is-part-of-life.html

Hans Louis to visit WVU?

From a SoFLAfootball.com article published on January 8th:

Hans Louis discussing upcoming recruiting visits –

“I have Marshall set up on the 15th, West Virginia is on the 22nd, and Western Kentucky on the 29th.”

Louis visited Marshall last weekend and verbally accepted a scholarship yesterday. I have not seen any information in regards to Louis still visiting WVU and WKU.

In the same article Louis mentioned WVU had already offered a scholarship -

“I just spoke to their coach, Coach (Lonnie) Galloway. He is offering me a scholarship. He said he’s coming to my house sometime next week.”

Hopefully Louis is a strong verbal commitment and has called off his remaining visits. Like I mentioned this is an older article that was published before his commitment yesterday and I have not found any info if he still attends to visit other schools.

Read the whole article here: http://www.soflafootball.com/homepage-hot-news/hans-louis-has-visits-planned

Today's Marshall Sports News 1/21

From the Charleston Gazette, They came . . . and saw what they always see

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/todayssportscolumn/201001200838

From the Charleston Gazette, MU football receives another commitment

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001200778

From the Charleston Gazette, Mountaineers pick up lopsided victory in opener

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001200808

From the Charleston Gazette, Notebook: Whiteside: 18 points but just two blocks

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001200839

From the Charleston Gazette, Four in a row for WVU

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001200840

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd showed moxie, but not enough

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001210073

From the Charleston Daily Mail, WVU, MU basketball rivalry is doing fine

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/WVUSports/201001200650

From the Charleston Daily Mail, No. 11 Mountaineers survive against Marshall

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/WVUSports/201001210028

From the Charleston Daily Mail, UTEP ends Memphis' Conference USA winning streak

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/201001210050

From the Charleston Daily Mail, WVU defense focused on freshman

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201001210047

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Rebounding, free throws the difference for WVU

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/WVUSports/201001210044

From the Herald Dispatch, WVU wins Capital Classic

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x818845590/WVU-wins-Capital-Classic

From the Herald Dispatch, WVU women roll past Marshall

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x818845583/WVU-women-roll-past-Marshall

From the Herald Dispatch, Landon: Herd lost, but not without a fight

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x818845592/Landon-Herd-lost-but-not-without-a-fight

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd could not get over the hump

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1153716973/Herd-could-not-get-over-the-hump

From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall falls to Ohio in swimming and diving

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x300711037/Marshall-falls-to-Ohio-in-swimming-and-diving

From the Herald Dispatch, C-USA makes MU's Telles all-conference

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x300711035/C-USA-makes-MUs-Telles-all-conference

From the Herald Dispatch, Florida linebacker commits to Herd

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x300711033/Florida-linebacker-commits-to-Herd

Jamie Onufrak drops commitment to Marshall?

Out Door Academy (FL) TE/DE Jamie Onufrak was one of former head coach Mark Snyder's first verbal commitments. Onufrak has disappeared from Marshall's commitment list on Rivals.com. From his Rivals page it looks like Onufrak has re-opened up his recruitment.

See his Rivals page here: http://rivals.yahoo.com/marshall/football/recruiting/player-Jamie-Onufrak-96433

Hans Louis commits to Marshall Football

From the Charleston Gazette:

Hans Louis, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker from Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School in Hollywood, Fla., has verbally committed to Marshall to play football.

Louis was named the Broward County defensive player of the year after this past season. His 16 sacks were tops both in Broward and Dade counties and he had three interceptions in helping the Lions reach the Class 2B state semifinals.

"He's a fast kid,'' said Chaminade-Madonna coach Tim Tyrrell. "I expect him to play right away. He's an impact-type of kid.''

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001200778

Han Louis's Rivals Page: http://rivals.yahoo.com/marshall/football/recruiting/player-Hans-Louis-100692

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Football Recruits Confirmed for this Weekend

From Greg Perry at the Herd Insider (goherd.com)

Marshall head coach Doc Holliday -coming off a successful recruiting weekend last week which saw nine high school players verbally commit to play for the Herd- is lining up more talent to visit campus this weekend. Herd Insider Magazine has confirmed that the following players will make an official visit this coming weekend of January 23 and 24:

Tony Zenon – 5’7” 160 pounds from Deerfield H.S. Albany GA, plays QB for his high school team but projects to be a RB or DB. Zenon runs a 4.5 forty and had 2,268 yards rushing and 27 TDs this past year. He has offers from Marshall, UAB and Georgia Southern. Georgia Tech Head Coach Paul Johnson reportedly is making an in-home visit this week.

Marvin Ford – 5’9” 190 pounds RB from Dr. Phillips H.S. in Orlando, FL. Has made a verbal commitment to Colorado State. He runs a 4.5 forty and has a vertical leap of 30 inches. Also was recruited by UNC and Cincinnati.

A.J. Scott – 6’5”, 275 pounds from Robert E. Lee H.S., Staunton VA. Is already a Marshall verbal commitment.


http://www.goherd.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=162:recruits-set-marshall-visits-for-weekend-of-jan-23-24&catid=22:recruiting&Itemid=74

Football Recruiting Visiting This Weekend?

From Chuck McGill's blog at the Charleston Daily Mail:

"The football staff is still lining up visitors for this weekend. Right now there’s only three names on that list, but the staff is out on the trail right now conducting in-home visits and will surely line up more trippers over the next 24-48 hours."

http://blogs.dailymail.com/marshall/2010/01/20/mark-snyder-speaks-recruiting-info-and-underdogs/

Doc Holliday Interview

Head football coach Doc Holliday did an interview with Rivals Radio earlier today, click on the link to listen: http://www.rivals.com/radiostream.asp?SID=1135&TYPE=WM&cl_key=5285

ESPN Marshall vs WVU Preview

Read the whole thing here: http://espn.go.com/ncb/preview?gameId=300210277

A few quotes from huggy bear

On Hassan Whiteside -

"When you get a 6-11 guy in the middle that's leading the country in blocking shots, it's going to make a difference," Huggins said. "And I think they can show some different things defensively because of him, because they've got a goalkeeper. It's hard to get it at the basket against him."

On Marshall -

"Well I think they went through a year ago a little bit what I think we're going through with our new guys in that they weren't as consistent," Huggins said. "I think they're a lot more consistent, they are really making shots."

About the rivalry -

"Generally when you have rivalries like Duke-North Carolina, Xavier-Cincinnati, where there's proximity and all that, they're really physical games," he said. "And these games haven't been physical."

Watch the Capital Classis online

Marshall will take on West Virginia in both men's and women's basketball tomorrow, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET at the Charleston Civic Center, and fans will be able to watch a live online video stream of both games of the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic in a special doubleheader online pay-per-view. The price is $11.95 to watch both games.

The television feeds of both games will be available online through Herd All-Access. All Pay-Per-View games are free with an annual subscription to Herd All-Access. Please note that Herd All-Access monthly subscribers will have to purchase the pay-per-view.

The online video stream of the broadcast also will be free for current annual subscribers to MountaineerTV (West Virginia's All-Access product) and to current annual subscribers to XXL - which gives fans additional access to content from schools in the CBS Interactive network across a variety of sports.

To Purchase Click Here: http://herdzone.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/011910aag.html

Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic

Men's game

Marshall (15-2) vs. No. 11 West Virginia (13-3)

Tip-off: 9 p.m., Wednesday, Charleston Civic Center.

Tickets: Sold-out

TV: WOWK-13

Radio: WDGG 93.7-FM, WRVC 930-AM, 94.1-FM, WMUL 88.1-FM, WVHU 800-AM, WZZW 1600-AM

Today's Marshall Sports News 1/20

From the Charleston Gazette, Making the call on this midnight ball

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/todayssportscolumn/201001190757

From the Charleston Gazette, WVU on hot streak; Herd looks to adjust

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001190697

From the Charleston Gazette, For MU, it's more than bragging rights

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001190702

From the Charleston Gazette, A Classic matchup

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001190755

From the Charleston Gazette, Yes, Darius Marshall has declared

http://blogs.wvgazette.com/dougsmock/2010/01/19/yes-darius-marshall-has-declared/

From the Charleston Daily Mail, These WVU fans proud to don green

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201001190475

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Snyder glad for opportunity to coach at South Florida

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201001190807

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Classic is glimpse at Marshall's future

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201001190802

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Look for Capital Classic to be a show in the paint

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201001190801

From the Herald Dispatch, Capital Classic ready to play

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300710439/Rivalry-Marshall-vs-WVU

From the Herald Dispatch, Holliday gets another from WVU

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300710441/Holliday-adds-third-former-WVU-recruit-to-Herd

From the Herald Dispatch, Women look for upset vs. WVU

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300710443/Women-look-for-upset-vs-WVU

From the Herald Dispatch, MU-WVU men's starting lineups

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300710445/No-Headline

From the Herald Dispatch, MU-WVU men's series history

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300710447/No-Headline

From the Herald Dispatch, Landon: Marshall gets next Top 25 test vs. WVU

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300710435/Marshall-gets-next-Top-25-test-vs-WVU

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

QB Eddie Sullivan still committed to Wake Forest

Boca Raton (FL) Quarterback Eddie Sullivan is still committed to Wake Forest as a "grey shirt" despite visiting Marshall this past weekend. Read about it here: http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/highschoolbuzz/2010/01/19/others-calling-but-qb-eddie-sullivan-still-committed-to-wake-forest-as-grey-shirt/

Marshall Quarterback Rumor

As reported by Greg Perry on the Herd Insider (www.goherd.com)

Rumors, Notes, etc– The word we are hearing is that The Herd may be in line for a major QB transfer from a traditional college football power. This transfer would have two years left to play upon transfer to Marshall. We have the name, but will have to do more research on the rumor.

Any ideas on who it could be?

http://www.goherd.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=160:nine-new-commits-d-1-qb-headed-marshalls-way&catid=13:featured-news

Marshall in the NFL, Divisional Playoff Week

C.J Spillman, S, San Diego Chargers

Registered one tackle in San Diego’s 17 – 14 loss to New York (AFC).

*Note* Marshall has no remaining alumni in the playoffs.

Today's Marshall Sports News 1/19

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd rebounded after last game vs. ranked opponent

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001180596

From the Charleston Gazette, Snyder added to USF staff

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001180618

From the Charleston Gazette, WR prospect now picking Herd over WVU

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001180619

From the Charleston Gazette, Hand injury sidelines MU women's top scorer

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001180651

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Herd's leading role falls to Handy

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201001190030

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Snyder joins Skip Holtz' South Florida staff

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201001190018

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall breaks into “others receiving votes” category

http://blogs.dailymail.com/marshall/2010/01/18/marshall-breaks-into-others-receiving-votes-category/

From the Herald Dispatch, Tynikki Crook likely to miss three weeks

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300709913/Tynikki-Crook-likely-to-miss-three-weeks

From the Herald Dispatch, Landon: Later start time not gonna help at 'Classic'

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300709905/Later-start-time-not-gonna-help-at-Classic

From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall men earn AP Top 25 votes

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300709911/Marshall-men-earn-AP-Top-25-votes-Whiteside-again-Rookie-of-the-Week

From the Herald Dispatch, Snyder hired at South Florida

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300709907/Snyder-hired-at-USF

From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall University women erase 22-point deficit to beat Houston

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300708901/Marshall-University-women-erase-22-point-deficit-to-beat-Houston

Today's Marshall Sports News 1/19

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd rebounded after last game vs. ranked opponent

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001180596

From the Charleston Gazette, Snyder added to USF staff

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001180618

From the Charleston Gazette, WR prospect now picking Herd over WVU

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001180619

From the Charleston Gazette, Hand injury sidelines MU women's top scorer

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001180651

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Herd's leading role falls to Handy

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201001190030

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Snyder joins Skip Holtz' South Florida staff

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201001190018

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall breaks into “others receiving votes” category

http://blogs.dailymail.com/marshall/2010/01/18/marshall-breaks-into-others-receiving-votes-category/

From the Herald Dispatch, Tynikki Crook likely to miss three weeks

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300709913/Tynikki-Crook-likely-to-miss-three-weeks

From the Herald Dispatch, Landon: Later start time not gonna help at 'Classic'

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300709905/Later-start-time-not-gonna-help-at-Classic

From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall men earn AP Top 25 votes

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300709911/Marshall-men-earn-AP-Top-25-votes-Whiteside-again-Rookie-of-the-Week

From the Herald Dispatch, Snyder hired at South Florida

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300709907/Snyder-hired-at-USF

From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall University women erase 22-point deficit to beat Houston

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300708901/Marshall-University-women-erase-22-point-deficit-to-beat-Houston

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Complete Marshall Football Commitment List

For a complete list of Marshall's football verbal commitments (including those from this weekend) head over to HerdNation.com: http://marshall.rivals.com/commitlist.asp?school=153

P.S - Please note the Marshall Thundering Blog will not update this Monday. Check back Tuesday for more Marshall news.

Travis Bell to Marshall

Jamie Oaks at HerdNation.com is reporting that fromer WVU commitment Travis Bell (CB, Belle Glade FL) has switched his commitment to Marshall: http://marshall.rivals.com/

Herald Dispatch Reports 6 New Commitments

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/briefs/x1153716504/More-football-recruits-commit-to-Marshall

More football recruits commit to Marshall

HUNTINGTON – Jamming two and a months of recruiting into two and a half weeks appears not a problem for Marshall University football.

New Thundering Herd head coach John “Doc” Holliday and his recently hired assistants assembled an impressive group of prospects for their initial recruiting weekend. More impressive is the result – numerous verbal commitments from high-profile student-athletes.

Illustrating the strength of Marshall’s burgeoning recruiting class is the commitment of Brian Robinson. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound safety from St. Thomas Aquinas, a perennial Florida high school power, is rated among the nation’s top 50 safety prospects. The four-star standout also was offered scholarships by Ole Miss, Miami (Fla.), Tennessee, WVU and Rutgers.

Fellow Florida high school standout Antwon Chisholm offers versatility to this year’s recruiting class. The 5-9, 175-pound multiple offensive-special teams threat initially committed to Mississippi State and also received offers from Southern Miss, Rutgers and West Virginia. Chisholm has been timed at 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Fred Pickett, similar in size and speed to Chisholm, also has verballed to Marshall as a Florida high school senior. The Pahokee native, a playmaking wide receiver, originally committed to West Virginia and also was offered by Florida State.

Defensive line certainly is a priority and has been addressed with Brandon Sparrow’s commitment. The 6-4, 250-pound tackle from Bedford (Va.) boasts athleticism and a frame capable of adding considerable weight.

T.J. Ross, a 5-11, 195-pound outside linebacker from Durham (N.C.), projects at numerous positions for the Thundering Herd. The Southern High School standout also received considerable ACC interest.

Like Sparrow, Chris Head features upside in terms of size. At 6-5 and 205 pounds, the playmaking tight end from Jackson (Ga.) certainly will add bulk under new strength and conditioning coach Frank Piraino.

Each visited campus this weekend, highlighted by Saturday night’s dynamic atmosphere during Marshall’s men’s basketball victory over Tulane. Recruiting continues this week, leading to national signing day on Feb. 3.

Marshall likely will receive additional commitments on Sunday. Click on www.herald-dispatch.com for updates.

NEW MARSHALL FOOTBALL COMMITMENTS!

As always DO NOT post this information on HerdNation.com

The Marshall Thundering Blog is comfortable reporting that the following players have verbly commited to Marshall this weekend:

Fred Pickett, WR, Pahokee FL

http://rivals.yahoo.com/marshall/football/recruiting/player-Fred-Pickett-81999

Jareal Watsonb, LB, Cardinal Gibbons FL

http://rivals.yahoo.com/marshall/football/recruiting/player-Jarael-Watson-94871

Brian Robinson, S, St. Thomas Aquinas FL

http://rivals.yahoo.com/marshall/football/recruiting/player-Brian-Robinson-94203

Brandon Sparrow, DT, Libery VA

http://rivals.yahoo.com/marshall/football/recruiting/player-Brandon-Sparrow-92198

Friday, January 15, 2010

Men's Basketball vs. Tulane

When: Saturday 7pm

Where: Cam Henderson Center

Tickets: Friday the Box office is open until 6pm and re-opens Saturday at 3pm. Tickets can be purchased on-line at: http://www.herdzone.com/

*Notes*
  • PLEASE go to the basketball game! Doc Holliday will be hosting 18 potential Marshall football players and a packed Henderson center could sway their decision in the Herds favor.

Chuck McGill: Travis Bell WILL visit Marshall this weekend!

From Chuck McGill at the Charleston Daily Mail:
http://blogs.dailymail.com/marshall/2010/01/15/travis-bell-who-the-hell-knows/

Travis Bell: He is somewhere in the lower 48. I think.

First big recruiting weekend for Doc Holliday and I’m already exhausted.

There are, supposedly, 18 potential future Herd football players visiting. Initially, it was believed that three-star defensive back prospect Travis Bell, a verbal to West Virginia University, was among them.

Bell was quoted in a post on a WVU sports related site as saying, essentially, that was hogwash.

I did some checking up on this situation and was told, again, that Bell IS visiting. I haven’t seen him with my own eyes and I won’t be in Huntington until Saturday night for the hoops game, so that’s all I have to go on.

So there, it’s settled: Travis Bell is in Huntington, unless he’s somewhere else, then he’s not.

Case closed.

Today's Marshall Sports News 1/15

From the Charleston Gazette, Holliday tabs Florida assistant as strength coach

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001140730

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Holtz leaves ECU for South Florida

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/201001150054

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Holliday bringing 18 prospects to Marshall

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201001150062

From the Charleston Daily Mail, A few tids and bits for hoops …

http://blogs.dailymail.com/marshall/2010/01/14/a-few-tids-and-bits-for-hoops/

From the Charleston Daily Mail, 'Rivalry Week' just the start for these teams

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/JackBogaczyk/201001150078

From the Herald Dispatch, Holliday tries to load Herd

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300707581/Holliday-tries-to-load-Herd

From the Herald Dispatch, Rick McCann: Defense turns the tide

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x818844839/Rick-McCann-Defense-turns-the-tide

From the Herald Dispatch, Landon: Idea for Jam the Cam is a slam dunk

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300707575/Idea-for-Jam-the-Cam-is-a-slam-dunk

Travis Bell not Visiting?

From: http://www.eersports.com/fb-recruiting/football-recruiting-home/276-eersports-on-the-recruiting-trail-jan-14

Bell Says he won't visit MarshallBelle Glade, Fla., safety Travis Bell was among the WVU recruits most affected by the departures of former assistant Doc Holliday, now head coach at Marshall, and graduate assistant JaJuan Seider, who followed Holliday to become running backs coach.

Immediately following the news of Holliday being named head coach of The Thundering Herd, Bell explained that he was re-opening his recruitment and taking a look around to make sure WVU was still the best fit for him.

Considering his close relationship to both Holliday and Seider, Marshall became a logical destination that Bell would potentially consider. However, it appears that possibility has not come to fruition.

Reports that Bell intended to visit Marshall this weekend are false, Bell explained.

“Says who?,” Bell asked when posed the question about the reported coming visit. “I’m not going there.”

Bell said that he is solid with WVU and that he is not taking anymore recruiting visits.

Fred Pickett, a wide receiver from Pahokee, Fla., who is also verbally committed to the Mountaineers, was also believed to be visiting Marshall. Pickett has been unreachable for comment since Holliday left WVU and Bell did not know of Pickett’s intentions either. “I don’t really talk to Fred, so I don’t know,” Bell said.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

WVU recruits switching to Marshall?

Best part of Chuck McGill’s Daily Mail article today: http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/201001140043?page=2&build=cache

Two visitors - Travis Bell and Fred Pickett - might ruffle feathers in Morgantown. Bell and Pickett previously pledged to West Virginia.

Bell, a three-star defensive back prospect by both Scout.com and Rivals.com, hails from Glades Central (Fla.) High School, the alma mater of new Marshall running backs coach JaJuan Seider, who followed Holliday to Huntington from WVU.

Pickett, also a three-star recruit, is a 5-foot-9 receiver from Pahokee, Fla., another football hotbed where Holliday has strong ties.

Do you think Pickett will chat with Antavious Wilson, who also graduated from Pahokee and led the Herd in receiving yards as a freshman this past season?

1/14 Important Notes

• Marshall Men’s basketball defeats UCF with out three players including starting point guard Damier Pitts 81 – 75.

• Ohio State has moved our away football game in Columbus to Thursday night September 2nd 2010. Hopefully this move will result in a national television broadcast.

• PLEASE BUY TICKETS TO SATURDAYS HOME MEN’S BASKETBALL GAME AGAINTS TULANE AT 7PM! FOOTBALL COACH DOC HOLLIDAY IS BRINGING OVER 20 RECRUITS TO THE GAME! SEE A LIST OF WHICH RECUITS WILL ATTEND IN THE POST BELOW!

• Redshirt Sophomore quarterback Mark Cann has joined the baseball team as a pitcher. As far as I know Cann is still part of the football team. While attending high school in South Carolina Cann was a standout athlete on the diamond and football field.

This Weekends Football Recruiting Visits

From Chuck McGill’s blog on the Dailymail.com

Eddie Sullivan, Boca Raton, Fla.
3-star QB
6-2, 195
Offers: Wake Forest, Florida International, Iowa State, Kansas State, Ohio, Southern Miss, Tennessee

Antwon Chisholm, Glades Central
3-star ATH
5-9, 175
Offers: Florida International, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Rutgers, Southern Miss, West Virginia

Fred Pickett, Pahokee
3-star WR
5-9, 165
Offers: West Virginia, Florida State, Florida International

Jazz King, Byrnes SC
3-star WR
5-11, 180
Offers: Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tulane

Chris Head, Jackson High Ga
TE
6-5, 205

Joe Mcnamara Cypress Bay
2-star OL
6-2, 275
Offers: Stanford, Florida International, Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Wisconsin

D’Antwone King Calera AL
OL
6-4, 330
Offers: UAB, Memphis

Ra’shawde Myers Cocoa, FL
2-star DL
6-3, 215
Offers: Colorado State, Western Michigan

Michael Dozier Homestead FL
3-star DT
6-2, 301
Offers: Florida International, Wake Forest

Brandon Sparrow Liberty Va
2-star DT
6-4, 250
Offers: Liberty, UMass, Ohio

Malcolm Strong Stephenson Ga
DE
6-4, 230
Offers: Chattanooga, Kent State, Louisville, Troy, Western Carolina, Western Michigan

Hans Louis Chaminade-Madonna
OLB
6-0, 210
Offers: Buffalo, WVU, Western Kentucky

TJ Ross Southern Durham
OLB
6-0, 208

Jarael Watson Cardinal Gibbons
OLB
6-1, 200
Zach Dunston Green Run Va
3-star ATH
6-1, 188
Offers: Kent State, Louisville, Temple

Brian Robinson St Thomas Aquinas
4-star safety
6-0, 180
Offers: Miami, Mississippi, Rutgers, Tennessee, Wake Forest

Harold Hoskins Eastside
ATH
6-2, 200

Travis Bell Glades Central
3-star CB
6-2, 187
Offers: WVU, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Rutgers

Today's Marshall Sports News 1/14

From the Charleston Gazette, Whiteside triple-double keys Herd

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001130863

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd-OSU opener switched to a Thursday

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001130867

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Herd preps for big recruiting weekend

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/201001140043

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Buckeyes move Herd game to Thursday

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/201001140044

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall men extend win streak in Florida

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallBasketball/201001130870

From Charleston Daily Mail, Recruits visiting!

http://blogs.dailymail.com/marshall/2010/01/14/recruits-visiting/

From the Herald Dispatch, Whiteside leads MU over UCF

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x818844779/Whiteside-leads-MU-over-UCF

From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall, Ohio State game moved to Thursday

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x300707059/Marshall-Ohio-State-game-moved-to-Thursday

From the Herald Dispatch, Landon: Defensive coordinator might be Rippon

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x300707051/Defensive-coordinator-might-be-Rippon

Quick Note

The Blog will be updated after 12 noon today, thank you.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Marshall offers two Nature Coast (FL) football players *UPDATE*

*UPDATE*
Nature Coast head coach Mark Lee, Doc Holliday's contact at the school, was fired yesterday:
http://hometeam.tampabay.com/blog/2010/jan/13/football-nature-coast-fires-mark-lee-after-one-season/
*UPDATE*

From TampaBay.com (http://hometeam.tampabay.com/recruiting/2010/jan/13/football-nature-coasts-tevin-drake-and-jajuan-stor/)

Nature Coast coach Mark Lee spent the past few days at the American Football Coaches Association in Orlando talking to former coworkers. Among them was first-year Marshall coach Doc Holliday, who was hired in December. Lee worked with Holliday at West Virginia in 1999.

The result of their brief reunion was a pair of scholarship offers for Nature Coast senior running back Tevin Drake and junior receiver/defensive back Ja'Juan Story.

Drake spoke with Holliday on Wednesday morning and will take an official visit to the school next week. He has plans to visit Western Michigan this weekend.

Drake, who finished as the North Suncoast's second leading rusher of all-time with 4,981 career yards and 69 touchdowns, had an offer from Miami last summer (it was later rescinded) and turned down an offer to take an official visit to Minnesota. He also had been in communication with Oregon and Georgia at various points of the recruiting process. Drake said Wednesday in a text message he also has offers from Florida International, Florida Atlantic and Memphis.
"They can't believe he's available," Lee said. "When Doc talks that highly of a kid that's a good thing. He's one of the top recruiters in the country."

Story received his first offer in August from Florida International. Lee said there's a lot of interest surrounding the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Story.


Further info on Drake can be found here: http://www.tampabay.com/sports/footballpreps/calling-it-a-day-on-tevin-drakes-record-breaking-career-at-nature-coast/1053928

Drake football videos can be viewed on YouTube here:
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Tevin+Drake&search_type=&aq=f

Important Notes for 1/13

• Darius Marshall skipped a meeting with head coach Doc Holliday to further discuss his future at Marshall. It appears that he will declare for the NFL draft.

• Damier Pitts (one game suspension), Antonio Haymon (abdominal infection) and Tirrell Baines (recovering from knee surgery) did not travel with the team for today’s game against UCF in Orlando. The game can be seen on the CBS College Sports Network nation wide at 8pm if your cable/dish provider carries the channel.

• Chris Rippon has interviewed for Marshall’s open defensive coordinator position.

Chris Rippon Interviews for Marshall Defensive Coordinator

Tom Dienhart, a Rivals.com and Yahoo Sports writer has reported via twitter that Chris Rippon has interviewed for Marshall’s open defensive coordinator position http://twitter.com/TomDienhart. Rippon’s last coaching stop was a Rutgers where he served as special teams coordinator for one season. Contradicting reports from various outlets say Rippon was either fired from Rutgers or left to pursue other opportunities.

Prior to Rutgers Rippon spent three years at Ole Miss as special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach. Before his tenure at Ole Miss, Rippon spent 12 years at Syracuse, serving as the defensive coordinator from 1999-2003 along with the duties of special teams coordinator from 1995-98 and in 2004.

Today's Marshall Sports News 1/13

From the Charleston Gazette, No Marshall at team meeting

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001120778

From the Charleston Gazette, Darius, MU hoops

http://blogs.wvgazette.com/dougsmock/2010/01/12/darius-mu-hoops/

From the Charleston Gazette, Pitts suspended

http://blogs.wvgazette.com/dougsmock/2010/01/12/pitts-suspended/

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd at UCF

http://blogs.wvgazette.com/dougsmock/2010/01/12/herd-at-ucf/

From the Charleston Gazette, Surging Herd takes on UCF

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001120777

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall RB likely NFL bound

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201001130058

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Pena has home crowd as Herd battles Knights

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201001130061

From the Herald Dispatch, Darius leaving Marshall

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x818844654/Darius-leaving-Marshall

From the Herald Dispatch, Jones suspends Pitts one game

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x818844658/Herds-Pitts-gets-one-game-suspension

From the Herald Dispatch, Landon: Marshall blunders in reaching for NFL

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300706471/Marshall-blunders-in-reaching-for-NFL

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Marshall Football Recruiting Visits

According to published reports on Rivals.com Doc Holliday is bringing in a huge number of recruits for visits this weekend. Players confirmed to attend are as follows:

Antwon Chisolm, RB, Belle Glade Florida

http://rivals.yahoo.com/marshall/football/recruiting/player-Antwon-Chisholm-81991

Isiah Corbett, DE, Belle Glade Florida

http://rivals.yahoo.com/marshall/football/recruiting/player-Isiah-Corbett-86300

Brandon Sparrow, DT, Bedford Virginia

http://rivals.yahoo.com/marshall/football/recruiting/player-Brandon-Sparrow-92198

Zach Dunston, S, Virgnia Beach Virginia

http://rivals.yahoo.com/marshall/football/recruiting/player-Zach-Dunston-92738

This is only a short list of the players coming to visit this weekend. Please note that all this news comes from a non-premium source on rivals.com. For the latest and fastest reported Marshall recruiting news I suggest you become a “Herd Insider” at HerdNation.com: https://secure.rivals.com/nssubscribe.aspsid=1082&strk=lmastnew&plan=4&term=12&up=4:1.

It is safe to assume that these recruits will be at Marshall’s home basketball game against Tulane on Saturday January 16th so a large crowd could persuade some of these young men to commit. Your attendance would be appreciated!

Darius Marshall Going Pro?

ESPN college football analysis Joe Schad reported via twitter that junior Marshall running back Darius Marshall will declare for the NFL draft http://twitter.com/schadjoe/status/7643657240. Doug Smock of the Charleston Gazette wrote a story about Marshall’s possible departure (http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001110602) but was unable to talk to him. Smock was able to get a hold of Marshall’s father who was not aware of his son’s decision to go pro. The deadline for underclassman to declare for this years draft is Friday.

Recent events could have affected Marshall’s impending decision to go pro. According to Smock Marshall was dismayed over the departure of former head coach Mark Snyder and his position coach Jared Smith. Also, if you recall Marshall had to be “persuaded” by former interim head coach Rick Minter to play in the Bowl game. Here is a excerpt from a Charleston Gazette story that ran on December 15th 2009:

"He (Darius Marshall) comes out first day of practice, comes out in sweats," Minter said. "I won't give you the exact usage of words, but I came over to the trainer and said, 'Tell me about Darius' health.' He said, 'Coach, he has not been to treatment, which is not unusual, so I'll just say he's healthy.' "I went over to Darius and I said, 'Darius, do you want to play in the bowl game?' He started staring and I said, 'What about that did you not understand? Do you want to play in the game?' 'Yeah.' And I said, 'You've got about two minutes to get in there and get dressed. Otherwise, keep walking. Keep walking.'
(http://wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/200912150724?page=2&build=cache)

Marshall has been the Herd’s starting running back for two seasons racking up 2,771 yards and 19 touchdowns. If Marshall does declare Martin Ward, Terrell Edwards-Maye, and Andre Booker would be returning players left to pick up the slack. Ward, who will be a redshirt sophomore, rushed for 72 yards and 2 touchdowns during the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl and was named game MVP.

Today's Marshall Sports News 1/12

From the Charleston Gazette, Report: Herd's Marshall to go pro

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001110602

From the Charleston Gazette, Darius Marshall situation

http://blogs.wvgazette.com/dougsmock/2010/01/11/darius-marshall-situation/

From the Herald Dispatch, Crook is C-USA player of the week

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300706005/Crook-is-C-USA-player-of-the-week

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd humble despite 13-2 start

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300706003/Herd-players-remain-humble-despite-13-2-start

Monday, January 11, 2010

Marshall in the NFL Wild Card Week

Chris Crocker, S, Cincinnati Bengals

Registered 3 tackles with one assisted tackle during Cincinnati’s 24 – 14 playoff loss to New York (AFC).

Randy Moss, WR, New England Patriots

Caught 5 passes for 48 yards during New England’s 33 – 14 playoff loss to Baltimore.

Chris Hanson, P, New England Patriots

Punted 5 times for a 39 yard average with 2 kicks inside the twenty. New England lost to Baltimore 33 – 14.

Today's Marshall Sports News 1/11

From the Charleston Gazette, AP polls, FCS attendance and BCS hardware

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/todayssportscolumn/201001100324

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd goes deep vs. ECU

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001090374

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Woods notches career-high in the win

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201001100363

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marcus Goode update

http://blogs.dailymail.com/marshall/2010/01/10/marcus-goode-update/

From the Herald Dispatch, Seider, Holliday reunite with Herd

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300705539/Seider-Holliday-reunite-with-Herd

From the Herald Dispatch, Landon: Crook, MU overcome foul trend in victory

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300705529/Crook-MU-overcome-foul-trend-in-victory

From the Herald Dispatch, Coach credits crowd for win

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300705541/Coach-credits-Jam-the-Cam-crowd-for-win

Friday, January 8, 2010

A few reminders

A few reminders for my last post of the week…….

The Marshall Thundering Blog does not update on the weekends.

You can and PLEASE feel free to post a comment on any thing published in the blog. Just click the comments button at the end of any post.

To contact the Marshall Thundering Blog email MarshallThunderingBlog@yahoo.com

Now for some Marshall related news:

The Men’s basketball team tips off at 7pm Saturday against East Carolina in Greensborough. Hopefully the game is streamed live on Channelsurfing.net as 93.7 the Dawg is no longer broadcasting games over the internet.

The lady’s will be hosting there annual Jam the Cam promotion this Sunday. If you can’t afford a $1 ticket to the 5pm tip off against Southern Mississippi please watch the game on ESPN2.

Tre Whitted Continues Basketball Career

This was reported last week in the Herald Dispatch but I think it deserves a highlight here.

Former Marshall basketball player Tre Whitted has found a job with the NBA Developmental leagues Springfield Armor. Whitted has played in fifteen games staring four while averaging 5.7 points with just over one rebound and assist in twenty minutes per contest. Before starting this season with Springfield Whitted played for the Wilmington Sea Dawgs (CBL) in 2007 and the Rochester Razor Sharks (PBL) in 2008.

You can see Whitted’s Springfield Armor player page and statistic here: http://www.nba.com/dleague/playerfile/index.jsp?player=tre_whitted

The Star News (Wilmington NC newspaper) wrote a story about Whitted’s professional basketball career. Whitted briefly touches on his senior season off the bench at Marshall after being a starter for three seasons. It also mentions that his uncle Kevin Whitted is an assistant coach for Springfield. Read the article here: http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20091225/ARTICLES/912259991?p=1&tc=pg

Today's Marshall Sports News 1/8

From the Charleston Gazette, Bowls bowl polls; MU-WVU and hoops

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/todayssportscolumn/201001070634

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd signs two-game deal with Purdue

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201001070633

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Pruett considers run against Nick Rahall

http://www.dailymail.com/News/201001070476

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall football sets home-and-home series with Purdue

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201001080012

From the Charleston Daily Mail, East Carolina first road test in C-USA for Herd

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201001080011

From the Herald Dispatch, New coach already on the road recruiting

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300704239/New-coach-already-on-the-road-recruiting

From the Herald Dispatch, Hammond vital for UCF game preparation

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300704241/Hammond-vital-for-UCF-game-preparation

From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall tennis ranked No. 66 in preseason

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300704207/Marshall-tennis-ranked-No-66-in-preseason

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Purdue vs Marshall Official

Per PurdueSports.com, the Universities official athletics website:

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.

The Purdue football team has scheduled a home-and-home series with Marshall.
The Boilermakers will play host to the Thundering Herd on Sept. 29, 2012, and make a return trip to Huntington, W.Va., on Sept. 16, 2017.

Purdue and Marshall have not previously met. Boilermaker defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo was an assistant with the Thundering Herd from 2001 to 2003 before coming to Purdue.

http://www.purduesports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/010710aac.html

Did you know?

Did you know that former Marshall “Young” Thundering Herd quarterback Reggie Oliver played professional football? After completing his eligibility with Marshall in 1974 Oliver was signed by the World Football Leagues Jacksonville Sharks. Oliver got his first action in Jacksonville’s sixth game of the season against Orlando and almost lead the Sharks to a come from behind victory. After the near miss against Orlando Oliver held on to the starting quarterback job and took Jacksonville to a 4 – 10 record. Running the same veer offense he mastered at Marshall Oliver passed for 1,415 yards with seven touchdowns and twelve interceptions. Oliver would only spend one year in the WFL before moving on to the Canadian Football League.

You can find Reggie Oliver’s WFL stats here:

http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~maxymuk/home/passing/qbwfl.html

Read about the Jacksonville Sharks 1974 season and see a photo of Reggie Oliver in action here:

http://www.worldfootballleague.org/

Transfers, Ineligible, and Purdue

A couple of big news items in Chuck Landon’s article today, http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300703687/Holliday-delays-hire-of-defensive-coordinator

Here is a break down:

“Two players have left Marshall's program. They are quarterback Jake Laudenslayer, who was redshirted last season after joining the Herd as a junior college transfer, and linebacker Corey Hart, a junior who appeared in only six games last season”

Laudenslayer’s departure leaves Marshall with Brian Anderson, Mark Cann, Press Taylor, and A.J Graham as scholarship quarterbacks. Anderson and Taylor only have one year of eligibility remaining so quarterback would be a nice addition to this upcoming recruiting class.

Tough to lose Corey Hart but Marshall has a strong group of young linebackers egger to step into the rotation next year.

“In other player news, defensive tackles Johnny Jones and Brandon Bullock were academically ineligible for the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Both are expected to regain their eligibility next semester.”

Mystery solved, guess Marshall was not releasing this information before the bowl game. Lets hope Jones and Bullock are in good academic standing come spring practice.

“And the Big Ten opponent is. ... Purdue.
Marshall and the Boilermakers have agreed on a home-and-home series, according to sources. The Herd will play at West Lafayette, Ind., in 2012, then host Purdue in 2017.
And don't be afraid of Purdue not showing at Edwards Stadium.
The contract includes a $500,000 buyout clause.”


My prediction holds up as Purdue is the latest BCS opponent scheduled to visit Joan C. Edwards stadium, albeit in 2017. Hopefully $500,00 is still a large buyout by 2017.

The 2012 schedule only has one out of conference opening left. So far in 2012 Marshall will be at WVU and Purdue while Ohio visits Huntington. Look for Mike Hamrick to add another non-BCS conference school to round out our future opponents.

Today's Marshall Sports News 1/7

From the Charleston Gazette, Surgery shelves Herd's Baines

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/201001060704

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Doc, staff getting to work

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MarshallFootball/201001060596

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Doc Holliday

http://blogs.dailymail.com/marshall/2010/01/06/doc-holliday-2/

From the Herald Dispatch, Zach Smith hits the ground running at MU

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x1153715463/Zach-Smith-hits-the-ground-running-at-MU

From the Herald Dispatch, Landon: Holliday delays hire of defensive coordinator

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300703687/Holliday-delays-hire-of-defensive-coordinator

From the Herald Dispatch, Holliday on H-D Radio

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300703683/No-Headline

From the Herald Dispatch, MU women get ready for ESPN spotlight

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300703695/MU-women-get-ready-for-ESPN-spotlight

From the Herald Dispatch, Baines will be back

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300703691/Junior-forward-has-knee-surgery-after-inspiring-performance-with-injury-against-Southern-Miss

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Praise for Randy Moss

Jason Cole of Yahoo sports wrote a very flattering article about former Marshall wide receiver Randy Moss, read it here:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=Aje6NnFSiNazJHpToEKT4tU5nYcB?slug=jc-mosspeers010610&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

Marshall Basketball Notes

The Hattiesburg American has the Southern Miss point of view for last nights game covered: http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20100106/SOUTHERNMISS/100105027/1050/Eagles-fall-in-C-USA-opener

If you read Chuck Landon’s Herald Dispatch article (http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/marshall/x300703174/MUs-Baines-shows-his-heart-by-playing-hurt) earlier today you already know that Tirrell Baines will be out 2 -4 weeks. If Baines recovers quickly he could be available for the Capitol Classic on January 20th. Hopefully he is healthy for a portion of our tough upcoming schedule that stretches from January 20th to February 3rd when we play WVU, UAB, Memphis, Houston, and Tulsa. Baines, a junior forward, is averaging 6.5 points and 4.2 rebounds in just over 17 minutes per game this season.