Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The view from Columbus

Below I have listed a number of articles coming out of Ohio before this Thursdays game.

From NBC4i.com, Tressel: We're Excited To Get Out There For Real


From theOzone.net, Williams Out, Chekwa Questionable for Marshall


From the Columbus Dispatch, Is OSU taking Marshall seriously?


From the Columbus Dispatch, Bob Hunter commentary: Tressel must guard against distractions


From the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Buckeyes hoping Terrelle Pryor-led offense will be as smooth as 1-2-3 vs. Marshall


Today's Marshall Sports News 8/31/10

From the Charleston Gazette, Buckeyes try to figure Herd


From the Charleston Gazette, New C-USA coaches face stiff challenges


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Tressel, No. 2 Buckeyes not sure what to expect from Herd


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Lee Smith is quotable and other news


From the Herald Dispatch, Carpenter knows Columbus


From the Herald Dispatch, Ohio State unsure what to expect from Herd


From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Others may disrespect Pryor, but not the Herd


From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall's D-line meets biggest challenge yet


From the Herald Dispatch, David Walsh: Thundering Herd anxious to play No. 2 Buckeyes


From the Herald Dispatch, Volleyball players invited to tournament


Monday, August 30, 2010

Marshall in the NFL, Preseason Week 3

Randy Moss, WR, New England Patriots

Caught 3 passes for 74 yards and one touchdown during New England’s 36 – 35 loss to St. Louis.

Albert McClellan, LB, Baltimore Ravens

Did not register a tackle during Baltimore’s 24 – 10 win over New York (NFC).

Daniel Baldridge, OL, Jacksonville Jaguars

Played with Jacksonville’s second team offensive lines which did not allow a sack. The Jaguars beat Tampa Bay 19 - 13.

Cody Slate, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

Caught zero passes during the Chiefs 20 – 17 loss to Philadelphia. Slate was cut by the Chiefs on Sunday.

Chad Pennington, QB, Miami Dolphins

Completed 7 passes on 14 attempts for 62 yards with an additional 9 yards rushing during Miami’s 16 – 6 loss to Atlanta.

Byron Leftwich, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Completed no passes on four attempts. Leftwich was the third Pittsburgh quarterback to enter the game behind Ben Roethlisberger and Dennis Dixon. Pittsburgh lost to Denver 34 – 17.

Doug Legursky OL, Pittsburgh Steelers

Played center and guard with Pittsburgh’s second team offensive line. The Steelers second team o-line allow 3 sacks. Pittsburgh lost to Denver 34 – 17.

Chris Massey, LS, St. Louis Rams

Was perfect snapping during St. Louis’s 36 – 35 win over New England.

C.J Spillman, S, San Diego Chargers

Made one tackle during San Diego’s 36 – 21 loss to New Orleans.

Crocker, S, Cincinnati Bengals

Played but did not register a tackle during Cincinnati’s 35 – 20 loss to Buffalo.

Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants

Rushed 7 times for 22 yards including while also catching 2 passes for 5 yards during the Giants 24 – 10 loss to Baltimore.

Ashton Hall, S, Indianapolis Colts

Did not make the stat sheet in the Colts 59 - 24 loss to Green Bay.

Today's Marshall Sports News 8/30/10

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd nearly shocked OSU in Columbus in '04


From the Charleston Gazette, Herd aims to limit Heyward's havoc


From the Charleston Gazette, Albert McClellan’s chances


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Herd running backs happily share the wealth


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Winning showdown with Ohio State a tall order for Herd's Doc


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Offensive lineman transfers from WVU to Marshall


From the Charleston Daily Mail, WVU transfer and other additions


From the Herald Dispatch, Dante Holmes does not meet initial eligibility standards


From the Herald Dispatch, Legg knows underdog, favorite role


From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Campbell relishes shot at top competitor


From the Herald Dispatch, Captains vow to give big matchups 100%


From the Herald Dispatch, Herd golfer Harper ties for first in match


From the Herald Disaptch, Justin Coleman transfers to Marshall


From the Herald Dispatch, Single-game tickets for WVU sold out


From the Herald Disaptch, Chuck Landon: Anderson ready to show fans a new QB


Friday, August 27, 2010

Louisiana Tech Covets C-USA

The Monroe News Star ran an article today with interview of Louisiana Tech Athletic Director Van De Velde. While Velde did not specifically state his school wanted to move into C-USA the quote below clearly shows that the Bulldogs would like to leave the WAC:

"It's really kind of been that way all along," he said. "It's always been our intention to align ourselves with a conference that is a better geographic fit for us, but offers the same opportunities, power rankings, academic reputation, research — all the things that are important to the university."

Read the whole article here: http://www.thenewsstar.com/article/20100827/SPORTS/8270322

Today's Marshall Sports News 8/27/10

From the Charleston Gazette, X-ray reveals successful Holliday season for Marshall


From the Charleston Gazette, Booker No. 1 running back on first depth chart


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall's Warner earns scholarship


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall Thundering Herd 2010 football depth chart (list)


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall releases football depth chart


From the Herald Dispatch, Curry spiced up for OSU


From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall women at Winthrop


From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall releases depth chart for OSU


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Blake & Eric Frohnapfel share strong bond

The Fredericksburg Free Lance Star ran a story today on Marshall football recruit Eric Frohnapfel and his twin brother Blake. Click the link below to read:


Today's Marshall Sports News 8/26/10

From the Charleston Gazette, Ohio native Schofield no longer an OSU fan


From the Charleston Gazette, Hamrick on Buckeye tickets


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Doc has been able to mesh his recruits with the holdovers


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Herd focuses on communication to prep for Ohio State


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Kelson cleared


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Interior stadium wraps being installed (now with pics!)


From the Herald Dispatch, Herd's Troy Evans is everywhere


From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: MU's 300-pound DT has reappeared


From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall soccer tops UC, 1-0


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

C-USA Football Notes


From WNTC.com, Quarterback race down to two:



From the Houston Chronicle, The Cougars boast three returning 1,000 yard receivers:



From the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Tigers D-Line improves Depth:



From the Houston Press, Owls coach confidant:



From the Dallas Morning News, Expectations are high at SMU:


Southern Miss.

From the Hattiesburg American, Secondary shows improvement:



From NewOrleans.com, Tulane closes camp with scrimmage:



From KJRH.com, Tulsa focusing on defense:



From NBC13.com, David Isabelle will replace Joe Webb at QB:



From the Orlando Sentinel, Calabrese still the Knights starting QB:



From the Prospector, New defense key to UTEP’s success:


Today's Marshall Sports News 8/25/10

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd's Brown has grown into free safety role


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall coaches making position changes


From the Herald Dispatch, Herd scrambles to assimilate OSU


From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Freshman love affair


From the Herald Dispatch, David Walsh: National website offers opinion on Herd's Holliday


From the Herald Dispatch, Antwon Rashard Chisholm arraigned in court


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Marshall baseball notes

Left handed reliever Ben Frith has left Marshall and has transferred to the University of Louisiana Lafayette. Read about it below:


Pitcher Brett Mayes of New Port News VA has committed to Marshall. Find full details in the link below:


Today's Marshall Sports News 8/24/10

From the Charleston Gazette, Anderson one of Herd's four co-captains


From the Charleston Gazette, Little hoops, some more footy


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Former Herd hoops star on NBA mission


From the Herald Dispatch, MU players selected team captains


From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Holliday is new, but he's no rookie


From the Herald Dispatch, Herd's Bonner wants to make plays


From the Herald Dispatch, Players switch positions under Holliday's watch


From the Herald Dispatch, MU volleyball set for season opener


From the Herald Dispatch, MU's Brand shoots 81 in amateur qualifier


Monday, August 23, 2010

Today's Marshall Sports News 8/23/10

From the Charleston Gazette, Hamrick putting his stamp on Herd


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Herd's Evans gets chance he's craved during scrimmage


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Legg thrilled to be by Doc's side


From the Herald Dispatch, Defender makes plays across D-line


From the Herald Dispatch, Cleveland St. tops Marshall, 3-2


From the Herald Dispatch, Rick McCann: Herrion sorting roster as classes begin


From the Herald Dispatch, Former Herd players shine in NFL preseason


Marshall in the NFL, Preseason Week 2

Randy Moss, WR, New England Patriots

Caught 2 passes for 24 yards during New England’s 28 – 10 win over Atlanta.

Albert McClellan, LB, Baltimore Ravens

Registered one assisted tackle while playing on defense and special teams as Baltimore beat Washington 23 – 3.

Daniel Baldridge, OL, Jacksonville Jaguars

Played with Jacksonville’s second and third team offensive lines which allowed one sack. The Jaguars fell to Miami 27 – 26.

Cody Slate, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

Led Kansas City in receptions with 3 for 37 yards. The Chiefs lost to Tampa Bay 20 – 15.

Chad Pennington, QB, Miami Dolphins

In his first pre-season action Pennington completed 3 passes on four attempts for 54 yards and one touchdown.

Byron Leftwich, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Completed 3 passes on 6 attempts for 95 yards and one touchdown. Pittsburgh defeated New York (NFC) 24 – 17.

Doug Legursky OL, Pittsburgh Steelers

Played center and guard with Pittsburgh’s second team offensive line. The Steelers second team o-line did not allow a sack. Pittsburgh defeated New York (NFC) 24 – 17.

Chris Massey, LS, St. Louis Rams

Recovered a fumble on special teams and was perfect snapping during St. Louis’s 19 – 17 win over Cleveland.

C.J Spillman, S, San Diego Chargers

Led the Chargers with 4 tackles (two assisted) during San Diego’s 16 – 14 loss to Dallas. Chris

Crocker, S, Cincinnati Bengals

Crocker did not make the stat sheet during the Bengals 22 – 9 win over Philadelphia. He may not have played due an ankle injury sustained two weeks ago but I am not sure.

Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants

Rushed 6 times for 24 yards including one touchdown during the Giants 24 – 17 loss to Pittsburgh.

Ashton Hall, S, Indianapolis Colts

Did not play in the Colts 34 - 21 loss to Buffalo

Friday, August 20, 2010

Houston to the Mountain West, not so fast

Reports earlier today had Houston moving to the Mountain West but Dennis Todd of CBSsports.com just shot that rumor down on Twitter.

Click here for all the details: http://twitter.com/dennisdoddcbs

Conference USA expansion / realignment ?

C-USA expansion has turned into the wild, wild west. Multiple reports indicate that C-USA and the Mountain West will join forces and form a 20 team super conference. Others report that a C-USA / Mountain West football championship game is in the works for an automatic BCS bid. Moments ago I read that Temple and TCU will jump ship and join C-USA.

Safe to say I don’t have any clue what is going on. Below I have linked articles for each theory. I have also posted a link to Tom Dienhart’s of Rivals.com, Twitter page. Dienhart has a reputation on being ahead of the curve on conference realignment so check with him for up to the minute updates.

Tom Dienhart’s Twitter page: http://twitter.com/TomDienhart

C-USA / Mountain West Super Conference: http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x254024309/Mountain-West-C-USA-in-merger-negotiations

C-USA / Mountain West Championship game: http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/08/19/2414774/mwc-c-usa-talking-about-merged.html

Temple to C-USA: http://templefootballforever.blogspot.com/2010/08/breaking-news-temple-to-join-cusa.html

Conference USA expansion?

C-USA expansion has turned into the wild, wild west. Multiple reports indicate that C-USA and the Mountain West will join forces and form a 20 team super conference. Others report that a C-USA / Mountain West football championship game is in the works for an automatic BCS bid. Moments ago I read that Temple and TCU will jump ship and join C-USA.

Safe to say I don’t have any clue what is going on. Below I have linked articles for each theory. I have also posted a link to Tom Dienhart’s of Rivals.com, Twitter page. Dienhart has a reputation on being ahead of the curve on conference realignment so check with him for up to the minute updates.

Tom Dienhart’s Twitter page: http://twitter.com/TomDienhart

C-USA / Mountain West Super Conference: http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x254024309/Mountain-West-C-USA-in-merger-negotiations

C-USA / Mountain West Championship game: http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/08/19/2414774/mwc-c-usa-talking-about-merged.html

Temple to C-USA: http://templefootballforever.blogspot.com/2010/08/breaking-news-temple-to-join-cusa.html

Marshall Football: Verbal Commitments Football Schedule

One of the blogs most popular features last year was a round up of each football verbal commitments game from the previous week. With high school football set to start across the country I have linked the football schedules for most of our verbal commitments below. Once they start playing the weekly round up will return.

Keith Baxter, DB, Homestead HS (FL)


Cortez Carter, ATH, Liberty HS (VA)


Blake Frohnapfel, QB, Colonial Forge HS (VA)


Luther Maddy, DT, Heritage HS (FL)


Tommy Shuler, WR, Miami Central (FL)


Anthony Spano, OL, Gulf Coast (FL)


Deonta West, ATH, Hialeah HS (FL)


Marshall Football: Luther Maddy commits to Marshall

Atlantic High School (FL) defensive tackle Luther Maddy has verbally committed to Marshall University. I have linked a number of web pages and video dedicated to Maddy below.

Palm Beach Post article on Maddy’s commitment: http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/highschoolbuzz/2010/08/19/atlantics-luther-maddy-commits-to-marshall/

Rivals.com page, http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/player-Luther-Maddy-115872

MaxPreps.com page: http://www.maxpreps.com/athletes/Wt-MK8S0hUW3Tlft-hmuoQ/football-fall-09/profile-luther-maddy.htm

YouTube.com video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEe4djoz_C4

Ashton Hall to Indianapolis Colts

Yesterday former Marshall safety Ashton Hall signed a contact with the Indianapolis Colts. Hall comes to Indianapolis after being cut by the Baltimore Ravens before training camp. He did not participate in the Colts pre-season game against Buffalo last night.

Read this Indystar.com post for full details: http://www.indystar.com/article/20100819/SPORTS03/8190487/1004/SPORTS/Colts-fill-preseason-roster-with-signing-of-rookie-safety

Huntington Development gets Green Light

After being denied permission to issue bonds in May the RiverPlace development project in Huntington was given permission to issue $26.6 million in tax-free bonds by the state Economic Development Authority yesterday. This long rumored project includes a hotel, baseball stadium, and other development on the ACF property near Marshall University on Third avenue.

Read the articles below for full details:

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Development board approves bond sale for hotel, stadium


From the Herald Dispatch, Stadium plan gets partial state backing


Today's Marshall Sports News 8/20/10

From GoHerd.com, Herd Works Under The Lights Thursday Night, Aug. 19


From the Charleston Gazette, New ADs discuss continuing West Virginia-Marshall series


From the Charleston Gazette, Vint hoping to make the grade on the field


From the Charleston Gazette, MU notebook: Rhynes leaves team, return uncertain


From the Charleston Gazette, Bid adieu to Michael Rhynes


From the Charleston Daily Mail, McClellan trying to make Ravens' roster


From the Charleston Daily Mail, August 19 — practice notes


From the Herald Dispatch, MU band cuts ‘Country Roads’


From the Herald Dispatch, Grant Traylor: Holliday nabs 400 new recruits at freshman orientation


From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Mountain West, C-USA in merger negotiations


From the Herald Dispatch, Ross new man in middle


From the Herald Dispatch, Hamrick and Luck discuss Coal Bowl continuation


From the Herald Dispatch, Cooler weather blessing for Herd


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Marshall in the NFL, Training Camp Notes

Randy Moss, WR, New England Patriots

Moss looks great at Pats camp: http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/nfl/columns/story?columnist=reiss_mike&id=5472507

Chad Pennington, QB, Miami Dolphins

Pennington will not play in the Dolphins pre-season game this week: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/sports/dolphins/chad-pennington-unlikely-to-play-in-miami-dolphins-866942.html

Byron Leftwich, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers starting QB job is up for grabs while big Ben sits out: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2010/08/mike-tomlin-dennis-dixon-could-still-win-steelers-starting-qb-job/1

Doug Legursky OL, Pittsburgh Steelers

Article on Legursky from the Beaver County Times: http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sports_details/article/1373/2010/august/18/the-big-legursky.html

Chris Crocker, S, Cincinnati Bengals

Crocker’s injury from the Hall of Fame game turns out to be a twisted ankle: http://www.cincyjungle.com/2010/8/10/1615676/infirmary-update-rey-maualuga

Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants

Bradshaw could lead the Giants in carries this year: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/peter_king/08/19/giants.postcard/

Today's Marshall Sports News 8/19/10

From the Charleston Gazette, Frosh linebacker Ross turning heads for Herd


From the Charleston Gazette, MU notebook: Ward back at practice; Dobson, Wood, Harris still hurting


From the Charleston Daily Mail, QB spot at Marshall is hardly solidified


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall coaches focusing on execution


From GoHerd.com, Herd Paints Capital City Green Again


From the Herald Dispatch, Hamrick lauds MU financial progress


From the Herald Dispatch, Herd offense shows some efficiency


From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Herd coach, former OL, hasn't lost a step


From the Herald Dispatch, Grant Traylor: Preseason camp is a tale of two halves


From the Herald Dispatch, Players compete to be team's long snapper


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Marshall Football: August 18th Full Practice Repot

Head over to the Herd Insider at GoHerd.com for a full run down of this mornings practice: http://www.goherd.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=309:herd-wednesday-am-practice-not-korn-y-at-all&catid=13:featured-news&Itemid=135

Marshall Football: OL Anthony Spano commits to Marshall

According to a repot by SunStateFootball.com offensive lineman Anthony Spano of Gulf Coast High School (FL) has commited to Marshall. I have listed a link to the article below with a number of other web pages dedicated to Spano.

SunStateFootball.com article: http://hsflorida.scout.com/2/993338.html

Scout.com profile: http://hsflorida.scout.com/a.z?s=376&p=8&c=1&nid=4385957

Rivals.com profile: http://rivals.yahoo.com/marshall/football/recruiting/player-Anthony-Spano-98534

ESPN.com profile (with video): http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/recruiting/tracker/player?recruitId=106626

Interview with TomahawkNation.com: http://www.tomahawknation.com/2010/2/11/1258367/interview-with-2011-offensive-line

MaxPreps.com profile: http://www.maxpreps.com/athletes/E9NFL0kOvkivc8X9sHlR5Q/football-fall-09/profile-anthony-spano.htm

YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpGpoTw-bUI

Dailymotion.com video: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xbhjq6_anthony-spano-football-highlight-79_sport

Marshall Football: 8/18/10 AM Practice updates

I linked both of these previously but they deserve their own post. Chuck McGill of the Charleston Daily Mail and Doug Smock of the Charleston Gazette have updates from this mornings practice. Pretty similar notes but I have posted a link to each below.

Chuck McGill practice update: http://blogs.dailymail.com/marshall/2010/08/18/august-18-morning-practice-notes/

Doug Smock practice update: http://blogs.wvgazette.com/dougsmock/2010/08/18/wednesday-morning-very-quick-observations/

Today's Marshall Sports News 8/18/10

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd TE Smith has his act together


From the Charleston Gazette, Korn takes parting shot at Herd


From the Charleston Gazette, As exptected 2 freshmen out


From the Charleston Gazette, Wednesday morning — very quick observations


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Herd QB Sullivan visits site of crash, connects


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Doc Holliday ready for first season at Marshall


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Herd's Korn transferring to North Greenville


From the Charleston Daily Mail, August 18 — morning practice notes


From the Herald Dispatch, Blockers hope to be in line for Ohio State game


From the Herald Dispatch, Willy Korn now at DII school


From the Herald Dispatch, Grant Traylor: QBs, receivers growing together in preseason camp


From the Herald Dispatch, Arrington relishes role


From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Freshmen set to spark Herd youth movement


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Willy Korn not happy with Marshall

Doug Smock of the Charleston Gazette has all the details on Willy Korn's first post practice interview at North Greenville University, apparently he is not happy with the Herd coaching staff.

Follow the link for full details: http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201008170541

“We Are Marshall” quote recognized

Jim Caple of ESPN.com’s Page 2 section published a list of the 100 greatest sports movie quotes. A line from “We Are Marshall” came in at number 65. See the quotes and Caple's funny commentary below.

*Please note that ESPN.com’s Page 2 section is for the lighter side of sports*

65. "The funerals end today!"-- Coach Jake Lengyel (Matthew McConaughey) in "We Are Marshall." His next line, which they wisely dropped from the movie? "So let's go kill those guys!"

Link to the whole list: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=caple/100816_sports_movie_quotes

Willy Korn Transferring to North Greenville

According to the link below unnamed sources have confirmed that Marshall Safety/QB Willy Korn is transferring to North Greenville, a division II school in South Carolina.



It is official, Korn has enrolled at North Greenville. For full details read this Charleston Daily Mail report: http://dailymail.com/News/breakingnews/201008170242

Today's Marshall Sports News 8/17/10

From the Charleston Gazette, Wingate keeps corners on a roll with two picks


From the Charleston Gazette, Marshall's Smith named to Mackey watch list


From the Charleston Daily Mail, It's what's up front that counts for No. 2 Buckeyes


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Holliday and Herd assistants discuss raising intensity


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Cann, Taylor helping others at Marshall


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Time for the Van to be parked, but for how long?


From the Herald Dispatch, Bowers is MU's Midland man


From the Herald Dispatch, Andrew Ramspacher: Holliday expects Korn to return to Huntington


From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Into life of kicker, oddities may fall


From Huntingtonnews.net, Kluemper Named Big Green Director of Athletic Development


Monday, August 16, 2010

Mike Leach joins CBS College Sports

What would you think about former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach announcing a Marshall game? Read a full report here:


Marshall Football: August 16th Morning Practice Report

Head over to the Herd Insider at GoHerd.com for a full report on this mornings practice:


Marshall in the NFL, Preseason Week 1

Randy Moss, WR, New England Patriots

Caught 2 passes for 30 yards during New England’s 27 – 24 win over New Orleans.

Albert McClellan, LB, Baltimore Ravens

Registered one tackle while playing extensively on defense and special teams as Baltimore beat Carolina 17 – 12.

Daniel Baldridge, OL, Jacksonville Jaguars

Played with Jacksonville’s second and third team offensive lines which allowed two sacks. The Jaguars fell to Philadelphia 28 – 27.

Cody Slate, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

Caught 1 pass for 12 yards during the Chiefs 20 – 10 loss to Atlanta.

Chad Pennington, QB, Miami Dolphins

Did not play, coaches decision. Miami beat Tampa Bay 10 – 7.

Byron Leftwich, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Started for Pittsburgh and completed 6 passes on 10 attempts for 43 yards. Pittsburgh defeated Detroit 23 – 7.

Doug Legursky OL, Pittsburgh Steelers

Played center and guard with Pittsburgh’s second team offensive line. Also saw action at fullback during an Isaac Redman one yard touchdown run. Pittsburgh defeated Detroit 23 – 7.

Chris Massey, LS, St. Louis Rams

Started his first game at long snapper after returning from season ending surgery last year. Massey was also named the Rams special teams captain. St. Louis lost to Minnesota 28 – 7.

C.J Spillman, S, San Diego Chargers

Registered four tackles with San Diego’s second team defense during the Chargers 25 – 10 win over Chicago.

Chris Crocker, S, Cincinnati Bengals

Did not play due to an ankle injury sustained last week. Cincinnati beat Denver 33 – 24.

Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants

Playing tonight on Monday Night Football against the Jets.

Tommy Shuler commits to Marshall

According to a Twitter post by 247sports.com reporter JC Shurburtt Miami Central wide receiver Tommy Shuler has committed to Marshall. Shuler is rated a three start recruit by Rivals.com and a two star recruit by Scout.com. I have listed a number of links dedicated to Shuler below.

JC Shurburtt Twitter account: http://twitter.com/jcshurburtt

Rivals.com page: http://rivals.yahoo.com/fiu/football/recruiting/player-Tommy-Shuler-106099

ESPN.com page: http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recruiting/tracker/player?recruitId=101349&season=2011&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fncf%2frecruiting%2ftracker%2fplayer%3frecruitId%3d101349%26season%3d2011

MaxPreps.com page: http://www.maxpreps.com/athletes/y-iSF-cP3EOjrnvo1-rDBA/football-fall-08/profile-tommy-shuler.htm

Today's Marshall Sports News 8/16/10

From the Charleston Gazette, Scrimmage reveals more kicking woes


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Holliday unleashes defense against quarterbacks


From the Herald Dispatch, Fan Day a fun day for Herd


From the Herald Dispatch, Willy stay or Willy go?


From the Herald Dispatch, Former MU football players attend Fan Day


From the Herald Dispatch, Former MU baseball members playing professionally


Friday, August 13, 2010

Marshall Football: Brian Anderson named starting QB

David Walsh at the Herald Dispatch is reporting that senior QB Brian Anderson has won the starting quarterback job. Follow the link for full details.


Marshall Football: QB Willy Korn to Safety?

Keith Morehouse is reporting via Twitter that Clemson transfer and current Marshall quarterback Willy Korn has been moved to safety. Click the link for Morhouse's full post:



The Herald Dispatch is also reporting that Korn is playing safety: http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x426126781/Korn-playing-some-defense

Randy Moss & Albert McClellan start pre-season

In his first NFL game Ravens outside linebacker and former Marshall defensive end Albert McClellan registered one tackle during Baltimore’s 17 – 12 win over Carolina. McClellan played extensively on special teams and defense throughout the game.

NFL veteran Randy Moss caught two passes for thirty yards before New England’s first team offense was taken off the field. The Patriots beat New Orleans 27 - 24.

Darius Passmore debuts for BC Loins

In his first Canadian Football League action former Herd receiver Darius Passmore caught one pass for eight yards during the BC Lions 37 – 13 loss to Saskatchewan.

Today's Marshall Sports News 8/13/10

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd could get big lift from little kicker


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Herd's Jones has worked his way back


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Herd's Rippon on college football book: 'I lived it'


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Chris Crocker likes look of Bengals' defense


From the Herald Dispatch, Smith looks to continue tradition


From the Herald Dispatch, Herd gets into game mode


From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall women's soccer season opens with exhibition game


From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall's Fleming All-C-USA


From the Herald Dispatch, Notebook: Offense takes its turn at practice-time punishment


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Marshall Football: August 12th 6am Practice Report

Head over to GoHerd.com for a report on this mornings 6am practice: http://www.goherd.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=304:marshall-works-early-morning-aug-12-sets-situational-scrimmage-for-pm-practice&catid=13:featured-news&Itemid=135

Marshall in the NFL, Preseason Week 1 Schedule

After last Sundays Hall of Fame game the rest of the NFL will start its preseason schedule this week. Here is a list of the games former Herd players will be participating in.

(Randy Moss, WR, Patriots) 8/12/10, NO @ NE, 7:30PM

(Albert McClellan, LB, Ravens) 8/12/10, CAR @ BAL, 8PM, ESPN

(Daniel Baldridge, OL, Jaguars) 8/13/10, JAX @ PHI, 7:30PM

(Cody Slate, TE, Chiefs) 8/13/10, KC @ ATL, 8PM

(Chad Pennington, QB, Dolphins) 8/14/10, TB @ MIA, 7PM

(Byron Leftwich, QB & Doug Legursky OL, Steelers) 8/14/10, DET @ PIT, 7:30PM

(Chris Massey, LS, Rams) 8/14/10, MIN @ STL, 8PM

(C.J Spillman, S, Chargers) 8/14/10, CHI @ SD, 9PM

(Chris Crocker, S, Bengals) 8/15/10, DEN @ CIN, 79M

(Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Giants) 8/16/10, NYG @ NYJ, 8PM, ESPN

Today's Marshall Sports News 8/12/10

From the Charleston Gazette, Wood, Campbell adjusting to new roles on offensive line


From the Charleston Gazette, Hey, WVU: Are you kidding me?


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Herd free safety helping young players


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Hamrick, Herd piled on quality foes early


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Update: Football stadium wraps


From the Charleston Daily Mail, August 11 — practice notes


From the Herald Dispatch, Schofield's look, play inspire Herd


From the Herald Dispatch, Andrew Ramspacher: Rainstorm washes out quarterback competition


From the Herald Dispatch, Withrow all-conference


From GoHerd.com, Herd Rained Out On Wednesday


From Huntingtonnews.net, Marshall Women’s Soccer Takes the Field in Only Exhibition Match


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Darius Passmore set for first CFL start

Former Marshall wide receiver Darius Passmore will make his first start in the Canadian Football League this Thursday as the BC Lions take on the Saskatchewan Rough Riders.

Passmore has spent the entire season on injured reserve but showed enough promise during practice for BC to release veteran receiver Derrick Armstrong and start the former Herd star.

Follow the link below from the Vancouver Sun for more details, the article includes quotes from Passmore.


Bernard Morris gets into coaching

After a successful Arena league season with the Jacksonville Sharks former Marshall quarterback Bernard Morris will be coaching High School football this offseason. Morris has joined the staff at Jones High School (his alma mater) in Orlando Florida as quarterbacks coach. Follow the link below for full details.


Today's Marshall Sports News 8/10/11

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd notebook: QB job still up in the air


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Crawford, Hoskins work out with Herd tight ends


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall's Duncan earns C-USA honor


From the Charleston Daily Mail, August 10 — morning practice notes


From the Herald Dispatch, Holliday refuses to narrow QB race


From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Anderson, Sullivan lead MU QB derby


From the Herald Dispatch, Herd football family mourns loss of Byron Turner


From the Herald Dispatch, Johnson makes immediate impact


From the Herald Dispatch, Fan Day set for Sunday at stadium


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Marshall Football: August 10th 6am Practice Report

Head over to the Herd Insider (goherd.com) for a report on this mornings 6am practice. Link:http://www.goherd.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=301:6-am-marshall-practice-reportnotes&catid=13:featured-news&Itemid=135

Arena season comes to an end for Marshall alumni

Last week Marshall had three players participating in the Arena Football League playoffs, by Saturday night that number hit zero. Bernard Morris (Jacksonville Sharks), Chris Royal (Tulsa Talons) and Jamus Martin (Chicago Rush) were all eliminated in week one of the AFL playoffs.

Morris’s Sharks suffered the most agonizing defeat as the Orlando Predators scored a game winning touchdown with 8.7 seconds reaming. Overall Morris had a very productive AFL season. As a back up quarterback to Arena legend Aaron Garcia, Morris was able to pass for 567 yards on 83 attempts with 8 touchdowns and no interceptions. Morris played a slash role for Jacksonville, he also caught eight passes for 132 yards including 2 touchdowns, rushed for 97 yards with 6 TD’s, and registered 6 tackles on defense. With the AFL expanding in 2011 you might see Morris leading a new team at quarterback next year.

Chris Royal also had a very productive Arena League season. Royal finished second in the league with 11 interceptions and registered 69 tackles. Royal’s Tulsa Talons were eliminated from the playoffs by Tampa Bay 68 – 38 on Saturday.

In four games with the Chicago Rush Martin recorded seven tackles and a forced fumble. Chicago lost to Milwaukee 64 – 54 on Saturday.

Today's Marshall Sports News 8/10/10

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd notebook: Dobson emerging as MU's top deep threat


From the Charleston Gazette, Thoughts from Monday practice


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Herd wide receivers set for final season


From the Charleston Daily Mail, August 9 — practice notes


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Daily Hype Machine featuring Travon Van


From the Herald Dispatch, First day in pads business as usual for Holliday


From the Herald Dispatch, Upgrades to enhance game day experience


From the Herald Dispatch, Andrew Ramspacher: Herd and the Hall


From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Dobson and you know who


From the Herald Dispatch, MU running back switches to linebacker


From GoHerd.com, Marshall Practice Schedule Update, Updated Roster And Notes August 9


Monday, August 9, 2010

Marshall Football: Quarterback Depth Chart?

After today’s practice head coach Doc Holliday and offensive coordinator / QB coach Tony Petersen will cut the quarterback battle from four to three. Currently senior Brian Anderson, Junior (RS) Willy Korn, Freshman (RS) A.J Graham, and true Freshman Eddie Sullivan are competing in the quarterback derby.

I believe that last years starter Brian Anderson will win the starting job. During the first week of drills Anderson was the only quarterback to exclusively practice with the veterans. Anderson was on campus for spring drills which was a huge head start in learning the offense compared to Korn, the transfer from Clemson who most view as Anderson’s main competition. In terms of experience Anderson also leads the pack, last season he threw for over 2,500 yards and 14 touchdowns to 13 interceptions. He also has experience playing in hostile environments (started at Virginia Tech and WVU last year) which should come in handy on September 2nd when the Herd kicks off at Ohio State.

The fight for Anderson’s understudy is where things get interesting. Who ever wins the primary back up job will have a inside track on next years starting position. Does Holliday choose Korn, the transfer from a big time program who was a highly recruited out of high school? Do they go with prized Mark Snyder recruit Graham or maybe Sullivan who has looked good in camp and impressed Doc with his leadership skills? I think the smart money is on Korn who, despite his limited experience, has seen more action than Sullivan and Graham combined. You could also argue that coming out of high school Korn was the most highly recruited of the group. He also comes from a high school program (Byrnes High School South Carolina) that is know for throwing around the pig skin.

That leaves coach Holliday with one more backup position to fill. I feel like this spot is the hardest to determine. From all reports Sullivan has looked great during practice and coach Holliday often praises the young signal called during interviews. Graham has almost become the forgotten man during camp. Recent message board chatter has centered around the great unknown of Sullivan’s ability while last season it focused on Graham. It is fair to say that in a maximum of two seasons one of these young guys will start. Personally, I really like A.J Graham, his combination of speed and throwing ability is very intriguing. During spring drills Graham showed the ability to make athletic plays while his decision making was questionable. Sullivan though, does have a few advantages over Graham. First, Holliday recruited Sullivan while Graham was brought in by the old regime. Secondly, Sullivan played in a spread offense in high school that closely mirrors what offensive coordinator Bill Legg has brought to Huntington. My head says Sullivan will win the job. Doug Smock echoed the same message in his Charleston Daily Mail column today. If Sullivan is our third QB I hope he does not have to play. That way he can keep his redshirt and keep a year of eligibility.

Either way by the start of practice tomorrow the quarterback derby will be down one player and we should have a clearer picture of how things will break down.

Marshall in the NFL: Hall of Fame Game

Marshall had one former player participate in last nights Hall of Fame pre-season game, Bengals safety Chris Crocker. Unfortunately Crocker injured his ankle in the first quarter. Click the link below for more details.

From Rotoworld.com, http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/playerbreakingnews.asp?sport=NFL&id=2590&line=177394&spln=1

Today's Marshall Sports News 8/9/10

From the Charleston Gazette, What WVU can expect; notes on MU, Power, Tiger


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Anderson finds himself in the thick of Herd quarterback battle


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Updated football practice schedule


From the Herald Dispatch, Newcomers' strength showcased


From GoHerd.com, Updated Practice Schedule/Lee Smith Ready For Big 2010/Practice Notebook


Friday, August 6, 2010

Marshall NFL Training Camp Notes 8/6/10

Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is confidant in Doug Legursky:


Byron Leftwich shines in the two minute drill for Pittsburg:


Cody Slate works hard to make a catch in Chiefs camp:


Julius Williams beats Daniel Baldrige to the quarterback during Jaguars camp:


Ahmad Bradshaw is taking first team snaps with the Giants:


Albert McClellan registers another sack in Ravens camp:


Randy Moss is anticipating a big season in New England:


Chad Pennington worked on his athleticism this offseason:


C.J Spillman grabs a interception with the Chargers:


Chris Crocker intercepts a pass in Bengals camp:


No Chance of Return for Mike Fleurizard, Antwon Chisholm and Fred Pickett

From the Palm Beach Post "Game Time" Blog: http://www.pbgametime.com/news/suspended-marshall-players-from-palm-beach-county-will-not-be-reinstated/95052/

Suspended Marshall players from Palm Beach County will not be reinstated

Thursday, August 05, 2010
by Jeff Greer

Marshall coach Doc Holliday said late Wednesday that the three Palm Beach County athletes who were dismissed from the Thundering Herd football team would not be reinstated.

Holliday cut Dwyer graduate Mike Fleurizard, Glades Central's Antwon Chisholm and former Pahokee star Fred Pickett from the team, but would not cite a specific reason for their dismissals.

"It's over; they are gone," Holliday told the Charleston Daily Mail. "I issued a statement and that's all I'm going to say about it."

Fleurizard was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with robbery for an incident involving a pizza delivery man with two other unidentified suspects Saturday.

No arrests or charges against Chisholm or Pickett have been made, although a search warrant filed in regards to a second robbery of a different pizza delivery man earlier Saturday by three men indicated Fleurizard and Chisholm were involved.

Today's Marshall Sports News 8/6/10

From the Charleston Gazette, MU names director of basketball operations


From the Charleston Gazette, Edwards-Maye makes smooth shift to defense


From the Charleston Gazette, Herd looking to fill void left by Youboty


From the Charleston Gazette, 2nd practice (morning only)


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Edwards-Maye likes playing linebacker for Herd


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Piraino building men and muscles


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Quotable quotes from the first two days of practice


From the Charleston Daily Mail, August 5 — practice notes


From the Herald Dispatch, MU QBs battle for No. 1 spot


From the Herald Dispatch, Young secondary impressing Holliday


From the Herald Dispatch, Walker lowers number, not expectations


From the Herald Dispatch, Herrion announces two additions to MU basketball team


From the Herald Dispatch, MU golfer qualifies for U.S. Amateur


From GoHerd.com, Anderson, Korn Lead Morning Workout For Herd


Thursday, August 5, 2010

Keith Baxter commits to Marshall

As reported by multiple outlets Homestead Florida defensive back Keith Baxter has committed to Marshall. Baxter is the son of former Marshall wide receiver Keith Baxter (yes, same name).

According to a post on SoFLAfootball.com there are questions in regards to Baxter’s eligibility for his senior year of high school. The post states that Baxter missed the majority of an early high school academic year due to an illness. Read the whole post here: http://www.soflafootball.com/fan-forum/topic.php?id=1679

Keith Baxter Links:

Rivals.com page: http://rivals.yahoo.com/marshall/football/recruiting/player-Keith-Baxter-105141

Scout.com page: http://hsflorida.scout.com/a.z?s=376&p=8&c=1&nid=4795799

Max Preps page: http://www.maxpreps.com/athletes/fZ1xvBrbpUS_6-oLIkQNAA/football-fall-09/profile-keith-baxter.htm

ESPN.com page: http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recruiting/tracker/player?recruitId=89916&action=upsell&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fncf%2frecruiting%2ftracker%2fplayer%3frecruitId%3d89916

Article at EliteScoutingServices.com on Baxter: http://elitescoutingservices.com/news/2009/11/04/inside-the-huddle-keith-baxter-homestead-high/

Baxter Spotlight in the Miami Herald: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/hssports/2010/05/herald-spotlight-keith-baxter.html

Johnny Thomas excited to join Herd

Last month NC State basketball player Johnny Thomas transferred to Marshall. Click the link below to see what Thomas is doing this summer in anticipation of his first season in Huntington.

From the Charlotte News and Observer, Ex-Pack player excited about move


Today's Marshall Sports News 8/5/10

From the Charleston Gazette, Changes at MU include stadium, WVU game sales


From the Charleston Gazette, Storm delays QB derby


From the Charleston Gazette, 3 Herd frosh booted from team


From the Charleston Gazette, First day of practice, other observations


From the Charleston Daily Mail, WVU to sell Herd, LSU tickets


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Herd's Holliday dismisses three from team


From the Charleston Daily Mail, After three decades as assistant coach, Doc now in charge


From the Charleston Daily Mail, New era begins for Herd


From the Charleston Daily Mail, Jersey numbers already swapped


From the Herald Dispatch, Herd begins practice


From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Sullivan could be the 'Survivor'


From the Herald Dispatch, Rookie players get their chance


From the Herald Dispatch, Holliday's first training camp has unwanted introduction


From the Herald Dispatch, Incoming MU freshmen dismissed


From GoHerd.com, Newcomers Practice Interrupted By Lightning, But Herd Brings Thunder To Day One


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Contribute to the Marshall Thundering Blog with Practice Reports

As you may or may not know I am not in Huntington, which makes it very difficult to follow pre-season practice.

If any one would like to contribute to the blog with practice reports it would be appreciated. You don’t have to report every day, any assistance would be welcome.

If interested please email me at MarshallThunderingBlog@yahoo.com so we can work out the details.

Antwon Chisholm, Fred Pickett and Mike Fleurizard love free pizza a little to much

A more detailed report has been posted on the Herald Dispatch website: http://www.herald-dispatch.com/homepage/x1790492632/Holliday-dismisses-3-incoming-true-freshmen-from-team

*Report below is an earlier version from the Herald Dispatch*

HUNTINGTON — Three incoming freshmen were dismissed from Marshall University’s football team Wednesday, hours before one of the three was arrested and charged with felony first-degree robbery.

Court documents filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court link running back Antwon Chisholm and defensive tackle Mike Fleurizard to the robbery of a Papa John’s pizza delivery man. The robbery charge then links Fleurizard to the robbery of a Z Brick Pizza delivery man.
Both incidents took place Saturday, July 31.

Fleurizard was the only one facing charges as of 1 p.m. No other arrests have been reported.
Marshall football coach Doc Holliday announced the dismissals at 9:45 a.m. The first-year head coach did not make direct mention of the alleged robberies. He had no further comment when asked following Fleurizard’s arrest.

Holliday said Chisholm, Fleurizard and wide receiver Fred Pickett were sent home to Florida. The Sunshine State natives were to report for the first newcomers practice at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday.

“We have high expectations of our players and these three have not lived up to what we require of a Marshall University football player,” Holliday said in a prepared statement. “They have lost the privilege of playing football at Marshall and have been dismissed from our football team.”

Pickett has not been named in any court documents, although Fleurizard’s criminal complaint and search warrants state three men were involved in the thefts.

Chisholm, 5-9, 175-pound native of Belle Glade, Fla., was expected to compete for immediate playing time at running back. The same was true for Pickett, a 5-9, 165-pound native of Pahokee, Fla., who was expected to be in the rotation at slot receiver.

Pickett was one of the more high-profile recruits since he originally had given a verbal commitment to West Virginia University. But Holliday was able to get him to renege and eventually sign with Marshall.

Fluerizard, 6-4, 285-pound native of West Palm Beach, Fla., was expected to be redshirted. He was arraigned by Cabell County Magistrate Mike Woelfel and jailed on a $50,000 bond. His pliminary hearing is set for Aug. 13.

The criminal complaint charges Fluerizard threw the Z Brick delivery man to the ground, kicked him in the face and held him down while two other men grabbed the food and $290 in cash. All three fled the scene.

The Z Brick victim identified Fluerizard in a photo lineup.

The departures reduce Marshall’s incoming recruiting class to 22 players.

The case is being investigated by Huntington and Marshall University police departments.