Marshall baseball coach Jeff Waggoner wrote at letter to the editor of Marshall’s student news paper, The Parthenon, about Marty Brennaman’s comments during Saturday’s fundraiser:
See the letter below:
"The president and athletics administration have been very supportive of baseball in my time here and it was not my intention for the banquet to focus on a new baseball facility. The purpose of the event was to raise funds for improvements to the playing field at the YMCA Kennedy Center," Waggoner wrote.
Part of Brennaman's comments are true but not completely relevant to baseball; track does not have a field, tennis does not have indoor courts on campus and the women's and men golf has to travel to Hurricane, W.Va. and Chesapeake, Oh., to practice.
Although some sports are lacking in facilities, they continue to do well. Victor Gomez was recently named Conference USA pre-season baseball poll, Vanessa Jules placed fifth in the high jump and tied her school record at a track invitation at Notre Dame, women's tennis defeated Virginia Tech and WVU over the weekend, and women's and men's golf had a successful fall season and are looking to improve in the spring.
It's easy for outsiders to criticize what we don't have. All sports may not have top-notch facilities, but we still have a large number of fans who support these sports and continue to donate their time and money to assist them. We're a Conference USA school and that's something to be proud of.