Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Marshall Basketball: Herd suffers first lost of season, Ohio 70 MU 68

With his team down two points as the clock clicked towards zero DeAndre Kane's jumper clanked off the rim, sealing a 70-68 Ohio victory and Marshall's first loss of the season. Marshall trailed by nine at the half and used a 13 to three run in the final six minutes to set up Kane's game winning attempt.

The Herd struggled mightily on defense all night, allowing Ohio to shot 50% from the floor. Beyond poor defense Marshall only out rebounded the Bobcats by one (36-35) and committed 13 turnovers, six by Kane. Marshall also left a ton of points on the free throw line, barley shooting over 50% (21-38).

In a Jekyll and Hyde night Kane lead MU with 17 points. Three other Herd players, Dennis Tinnon (12), Robert Goff (11), and Damier Pitts (10), all scored in double digits. Tinnon secured a double double with 14 rebounds while Pitts chipped in seven assist.

Box score for tonight's game can be found here.

Marshall Football: Bowl Watch

I found an interesting article on al.com breaking down potential matchups in Birmingham Alabama’s BBVA Compass Bowl. In today’s Charleston Daily Mail Jack Bogaczyk speculated that the BBVA Compass and Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl (St. Petersburg Florida) are Marshall’s two most likely destinations when the Bowl dust settles.

Today's Marshall University Athletic News: 11/30/11

From the Charleston Gazette, 5-0 Herd faces Bobcats tonight

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201111290271

From the Charleston Gazette, 1970/MU thread on ECU board

http://blogs.wvgazette.com/dougsmock/2011/11/30/mu1970-memorial-thread-on-ecu-board/

From the Charleston Daily Mail, College football: Bowl destination uncertain for Herd

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201111290167

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall basketball: Herrion, Herd not overlooking Ohio

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201111290157

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Al Felix's special moment becomes highlight of bowl-clinching win

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201111290150

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd ready for Ohio rematch

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x383396406/Marshall-rematches-against-team-that-ended-their-season-last-year

From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall plays waiting game

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x383396408/Marshall-plays-waiting-game

From the Herald Dispatch, Lincoln County's Cook will play for Marshall

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x383396410/Lincoln-Countys-Cook-will-play-for-Marshall

From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Snubbing by C-USA lights fire under Pitts

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x383396404/Snubbing-by-C-USA-lights-fire-under-Pitts

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Marshall in the NFL, Week 12

Weekly review of Marshall University alumni in the NFL:

1. Ahmad Bradshaw, Running Back, New York Giants

Ahmad Bradshaw sat out his forth straight game while recovering from a foot injury. The Giants lost to New Orleans 49-24.

2. C.J Spillman, Safety, San Francisco 49ers

C.J Spillman registered two special teams tackles during San Francisco’s 16-6 loss to Baltimore.

3. Chris Crocker, Safety, Cincinnati Bengals

Playing the rival Cleveland Browns, Chris Crocker recorded two tackles in a 23-20 Bengals victory.

4. Doug Legursky, Guard/Center, Pittsburgh Steelers

Doug Legursky started a left guard during Pittsburgh’s 13-9 win over Kansas City.

5. Byron Lefwich, Quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers*

* On injured reserved, broken arm.

6. Albert McClellan, Linebacker, Baltimore Ravens

Albert McClellan played extensively in place of injured Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, recording two tackles during Baltimore’s 16-6 win over San Francisco.

7. Lee Smith, Tight End, Buffalo Bills

After being inactive last week Lee Smith was on Buffalo’s game day roster but did not register any stats during the Bills 28-24 loss to New York (AFC).

Today's Marshall University Athletic News: 11/29/11

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd’s last backup QB undergoes surgery

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201111280248

From the Charleston Gazette, Monday..Monday

http://blogs.wvgazette.com/dougsmock/2011/11/28/monday-monday/

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Coal group spending $232,000 on Civic Center logo

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/201111280201

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall football: Herd saw growth from Cato as the season continued

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201111280177

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Herd backup QB has shoulder surgery

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201111280266

From the Charleston Daily Mail, AP Poll: Familiar names put Herd at 5 votes

http://blogs.dailymail.com/marshall/2011/11/28/ap-poll-familiar-names-put-herd-at-5-votes/

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd's big men making big plays

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1644067235/Big-men-making-big-plays-for-Herd

From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Last week not one to forget for the Herd

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1644067233/Chuck-Landon-Last-week-not-one-to-forget-for-the-Herd

From the Herald Dispatch, Questions surround Herd QB situation

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1644067237/Questions-surround-Herd-QB-situation

From the Herald Dispatch, C-USA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1644067231/C-USA-PLAYERS-OF-THE-WEEK

From the Herald Dispatch, Tinnon, Goff coming on strong

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1005355700/Tinnon-Goff-coming-on-strong

From the WV Metro News, Bowl Prep Will Benefit Herd In Long Run

http://www.wvmetronews.com/marshall.cfm?func=displayfullstory&storyid=49447

Monday, November 28, 2011

Marshall Football: Blake Frohnapfel has shoulder surgery

Per Chuck McGill of the Charleston Daily Mail:

Marshall officials have confirmed that true freshman quarterback Blake Frohnapfel had a scheduled arthroscopic procedure on his right shoulder Monday morning, but his status for the Herd’s bowl game and beyond is not yet known.

Read the full report here.

Vote Aaron Dobson "Best of the Best"

Aaron Dobson’s catch was already ESPN’s top play, make sure Marshall keeps on getting air time by voting it “Best of the Best”. To vote click here.

Marshall Football: Verbal Commitment Watch, Week 15

The Marshall Thundering Blog looks back on last weeks high school football action and reviews the performance of each Marshall University verbal commitment.

1. Tyler Combs, OL, Lawrence County High School (KY)

Season over, Lawrence County finished with a 5-7 record.

2. Devon Johnson, LB/RB, Richlands High School (VA)

Richlands undefeated season ended Friday night in a 35-21 playoff loss to Cave Springs. Even in defeat Devon Johnson had an impressive game, racking up 109 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

Read about the game here.

3. Trenton Norvell, QB, Seabreeze High School (FL)

Season over, Seabreeze finished with a 7-4 record.

4. Ryan Riedel, LB, Cabell Midland High School (WV)

Season over, Cabell Midland finished with a 8-4 record.

5. Antonio Wells, DE, Magna Vista High School (VA)

Just like fellow Marshall commitment Devon Johnson, Antonio Wells perfect regular season ended with a playoff loss. Christiansburg defeated Magna Vista 46-12 Friday night, ending Wells high school career.

Read about the game here.

6. Matt Cincotta, LS/LB, Charlotte Catholic High School (NC)

Charlotte Catholic’s season came to an end Friday night with a 35-28 playoff loss to Crest. Despite losing, Matt Cincotta was perfect on all his long snap attempts during the game.

Read about the game here.

7. Cameron Dees, OL, Armwood High School (FL)

Armwood advanced in the Florida 6A playoffs Friday night, shutting out Hillsborough 23-0. Cameron Dees and the Armwood offensive line helped the Hawks to 280 rushing yards during the victory.

Read about the game here.

8. Zach Hall, OL, Port Charlotte High School (FL)

Season over, Port Charlotte finished with a 2-10 record.

9. Lavar Highsmith, LB, Dunbar High School (MD)

Dunbar advanced to the Maryland 1A state championship game with a 42-6 win over Overlea Friday evening.

Read about the game here.

C-USA Football: Final Standings

Final standings for the 2011 Conference USA football season. Houston will host Southern Mississippi this Saturday in the C-USA championship game.

East Division
1.USM: 10-2 (6-2)
2.Marshall: 6-6 (5-3)
3.ECU: 5-7 (4-4)

4.UAB: 3-9 (3-5)
5.UCF: 5-7 (3-5)

6.Memphis: 2-10 (1-7)

West Division
1.Houston: 12-0 (8-0)
2.Tulsa: 8-4 (7-1)
3.SMU: 7-5 (5-3)
4.Rice: 4-8 (3-5)
5.UTEP: 5-7 (2-6)
6.Tulane: 2-11 (1-7)

C-USA Football: UAB & Memphis looking for new coaches

Two Conference USA schools are looking for new head football coaches. Yesterday Memphis fired Larry Porter after he amassed a 3-21 record in two seasons with the Tigers. UAB also announced that Neal Callaway would not be back next season. In five seasons with the Blazers Callaway only won 18 games while racking up 42 losses.

In terms of potential replacements, the Memphis Commercial Appeal speculates that the Tigers could go after Arkansas State head coach Hugh Freeze or former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach. As for UAB, al.com says the Blazers will attempt to bring in a young coordinator or head coach from an FCS school. This article suggest that Houston offensive coordinator Jason Phillips and George Southern head coach Jeff Monken are potential candidates.

Today's Marshall University Athletic News: 11/28/11

From the Charleston Gazette, An epic week for MU sports

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201111270136

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall moving in the right direction

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201111270078

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Herd hit boards vs. Bearcats

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201111270084

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Things

http://blogs.dailymail.com/marshall/2011/11/27/things/

From the Herald Dispatch, Bearded Mafia back in business?

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1644066965/Herd-QB-Rakeem-Cato-wanted-to-make-Herd-Nation-proud-with-play-against-East-Carolina

From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall woman grind out win

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1644066969/Marshall-women-grind-out-win

From the Herald Dispatch, Andrew Ramspacher: Jackson's studies helped with interceptions

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1644066967/Andrew-Ramspacher-Jacksons-studies-helped-with-interceptions

From the Herald Dispatch, Houston, Southern Miss to face off

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1644066963/Houston-Southern-Miss-to-face-off

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Video: Aaron Dobson "The Catch"

Marshall Football: Herd takes down ECU in OT 34-27

Sorry I did not post this earlier, attended yesterday's game and drove back this afternoon.

Any way here are a bunch of links on Marshall's win over ECU Saturday night:

From the Charleston Gazette, Her going bowling

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201111260110

From the Charleston Gazette, For Holliday and Co. a step in the right direction

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201111260106

From the Charleston Gazette, Dobson's one-handed TD grab leaves teammates in awe

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201111260127

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall beats ECU 34-27 in overtime to go bowl-eligible

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201111260093

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Video: Doc Holliday post game press conference (ECU)

http://blogs.dailymail.com/marshall/2011/11/26/video-holliday-talks-6-6-dobsons-catch-bowl-game-etc/

From the Herald Dispatch, Wild win for the Herd

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x383395538/Spirit-of-Senior-Day-spurs-Herd-to-OT-victory

From the Herald Dispatch, Show MU the beef -- the Beef O'Brady Bowl, that is

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x383395536/Show-MU-the-beef-the-Beef-OBrady-Bowl-that-is

From the Herald Dispatch, Daring calls lead to perfect Senior Day script for Herd

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x383395534/Daring-calls-lead-to-perfect-Senior-Day-script-for-Herd

From the Herald Dispatch, Dobson's catch an instant highlight

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x383395546/Dobsons-catch-an-instant-highlight

Friday, November 25, 2011

Marshall Basketball: Upset in the Queen City, Herd takes down Cincinnati 73-69

Behind the impressive play of point guard Damir Pitts and forward Dennis Tinnon, Marshall took down Cincinnati 73-69 in overtime Friday evening. Pitts lead the Herd with 19 points and four assist while Tinnon dominated the boards, grabbing 14 rebounds. Marshall had it's best three point shooting night of the season, hitting seven of 16 attempts behind the arc. With the win MU improves to 5-0, they take on Ohio University at 7pm in the Cam Henderson Center Wednesday night.

Full box score for tonight's game can be found here.

Marshall Football: Lavar Highsmith commits to Herd

Lavar Highsmith, a 5'10, 210 lbs linebacker from Dunbar High School (MD) has given a verbal commitment to Marshall University. A one star prospect according to ESPN, Highsmith also had offers from Youngstown State and Elon. Per the Baltimore Sun, Highsmith is planning an official visit to Marshall after Dunbar's football season is over.

For more on Highsmith visit these links:

ESPN.com profile.

Rivals.com profile.

Scout.com profile.

Scout.com article on Highsmith commitment (subscription).

YouTube Video (1).

YouTube Video (2).

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, the Marshall Thundering Blog will not be updated today. We will return to regularly scheduled blogging on Monday November 28th but, I plan to provide sporadic updates for Friday's basketball and Saturday's footbal game.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Marshall Football: Rivals rankings vs. production, 2011 senior class

Saturday’s season finale against East Carolina also serves as senior day for fifteen members of Marshall’s football team. I decided to go back and compare the production of those fifteen seniors against their Rivals ranking coming out of high school.

You can find Rivals ranking system here, my rankings are as follows:

1 Star – Non-contributor, did not register negligible stats on special teams or position.

2 Star – Backup, special teams contributor.

3 Star – Starter for at least one season.

4 Star – Multiple season starter, at least one mention on a all conference team.

5 Star – Multiple season starter, at least one all conference first team award.

1. Troy Evans, WR, Laney College (CA) ***

Coming out of junior college Troy Evans was rated a three star prospect by Rivals. At Marshall Evans switched positions from running back to slot receiver, catching 46 passes for 534 yards and four touchdowns. As a solid two year starter it looks like Rivals got Evans ranking right, I also give him three stars.

2. Omar Brown, S, Berkeley High School (SC) ****

Omar Brown was an under the radar recruit in 2007, Rivals did not assign him a star ranking. During his Marshall career Brown started at safety for three season, leading the Herd in tackles this year. Brown was selected as a all C-USA honorable mention in 2010 after registering 88 tackles and three interceptions. Starting for multiple seasons and earning an all C-USA selection gets Brown a four star ranking from my board.

3. Tyler Warner, K, Parkersburg High School (WV) ***

Originally a walk on Tyler Warner did not have a Rivals page prior to joining Marshall’s football team in 2008. Despite his walkon status Warner contributed immediately, connecting on three of five field goal attempts as a true freshman. Warner spent his sophomore season behind Craig Ratanamom but has been Marshall’s primary kicker the last two years, converting 13 of 19 field goal attempts. Even though Warner was named to C-USA’s all freshman team in 2008 I still give him three stars, has to be a little bit of punishment for missing that over time kick against WVU.

4. Kase Whitehead, P, William Blount High School (WV) ***

One of the shortest punters in college football Kase Whitehead came to Marshall as a two start prospect from William Blount High School. Since arriving on campus Whitehead has been Marshall’s starting punter, averaging just below 40 yards per punt for his career. Whitehead never made a Conference USA post or preseason list but, he has been a solid contributor for four seasons, earning a three star grade from my board.

5. Tyson Gale, LB, Alva High School (OK) ***

Oklahoma is not a recruiting hotbed for Marshall University so Tyson Gale’s commitment was a surprise to Herd fans. A two star prospect according to Rivals, Gale contributed right away seeing significant time on special teams during his freshman year. As a junior and senior Gale started at linebacker registering 122 tackles over the last two seasons. As a multi season starter Gale earns a three star rating from my board.

6. George Carpenter, LB, Lancaster High School (OH) ***

George Carpenter comes from a football family, his father and three brothers all played/play college football at the FBS level. Despite his impressive bloodlines Rivals pegged Carpenter as two star prospect coming out of high school. After spending the majority of his career as a backup Carpenter started all eleven games this season, registering 80 tackles and four sacks. Finally cracking the starting lineup as a senior qualifies Carpenter for a three star ranking.

7. C.J Wood, OL, Gainesville High School (FL) ****

Freshman don’t often get a chance to start at offensive tackle but that is exactly what C.J Wood did at Marshall. After taking his redshirt season in 2007 Wood entered Marshall’s starting lineup and never left during a four year career. A three star prospect according to Rivals, Wood made C-USA’s all freshman team in 2008 and was a pre-season second team selection in 2009. With multiple all conference awards and four years in the starting lineup Wood earns a four star rating from my board.

8. Rashad Jackson, DB, Jolliet Junior Community College (IL) ***

Rashad Jackson committed to Marshall out of Jolliet Community College hoping to make an immediate impact in the Herd’s secondary. After redshirting his first year on campus Jackson started at cornerback for the majority of his junior and senior seasons. Rivals gave him and three star rating as a prospect and that rating holds true as Jackson prepares for his last home game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

9. Wayne Bonner, WR, East Mississippi Community College (MS) **

When Wayne Bonner committed to Marshall many thought he was the second coming of Darius Passmore, a productive Herd receiver from junior college. What MU fans actually got was very different. Over three years at Marshall, including a redshirt season spent focusing on academics, Bonner caught 12 passes for 179 yards and one touchdown. As a three star prospect people were expecting more, and that’s why Bonner leaves Marshall with a two star ranking.

10. Tyrone Carper, DB, Graham High School **

Tyrone Carper is the rare walk on that last all four years with a program. Getting his first shot at playing time this season Carper registered seven tackles on special teams. As you can imagine Carper did not have a Rivals profile coming out of high school, I give him two stars for his special teams work this season.

11. Kellen Harris, LB , Sharon High School (PA) ***

Kellen Harris has shuffled in and out of the starting lineup during his five years at Marshall. As a redshirt sophomore Harris started all 13 games at middle linebacker, registering 71 tackles. Since Doc Holliday took over Marshall’s program Harris has been a super sub at linebacker, recording the most tackles of any non-starter. Harris came to Marshall as two star recruit but, spending one season as a starter earns him three stars from my board.

12. Ryan Tillman, OL, Hargrave Military Academy (VA) ****

After spending a post graduate year at Hargrave Military Academy and a redshirt season on Marshall’s campus, Ryan Tillman entered the Herd’s starting lineup and never left. Since his redshirt freshman year in 2008 Tillman has either started at left guard or left tackle for Marshall. Along with starting for four years Tillman earned all C-USA freshman team honors in 2008. Only a two star prospect coming out of Hargrave, Tillman has blossomed into a four star player for the Herd.

13. Brandon Bullock, DL, Absegami High School (NJ) **

If you had to pick one word to describe Brandon Bullock it would be big, A 6’3, 350 lbs defensive tackle Bullock has literally been the big man on campus since 2008. A four year contributor, Bullock was never able to crack the starting lineup while battling weight issues. Over the past two seasons Bullock has appeared in 17 games registering 13 tackles. Rivals got this one right, pegging Bullock as a two star prospect coming out of high school.

14. Delvin Johnson, DL, Woodruff High School (SC) ***

Although his numbers over the past two seasons might not seem spectacular, 55 tackles and three sacks, Delvin Johnson has been a big part of Marshall’s defensive front the last two seasons. A two year starter Johnson never made an all conference list but has been a solid contributor, beating his Rivals ranking of two stars to earn three from my board.

15. Vinny Curry, DL, Neptune High School (NJ) *****

A force on Marshall’s defensive line since 2008 Vinny Curry will be sorely missed after his last game at Joan C. Edwards stadium this Saturday. As a junior Curry earned all C-USA first team honors while recording 94 tackles and 12 sacks. Those number propelled Curry to this years C-USA preseason defensive player of the year award and he has not disappointed, racking up 62 tackles and 11 sacks. Curry greatly outplayed his Rivals ranking of two stars, becoming a five star player at Marshall.

Notes

.Marshall’s 2012 senior class consist of prospects from the 2007 and 2008 recruiting class.

.A few notable names from Marshall’s 2007 recruiting class that never made it to senior day:

1. Mark Cann, QB, three star prospect
2. Chris Smith, QB, three star prospect
3. JoJo Cox, RB, three star prospect
4. Terrell Edwards, RB, three star prospect
5. Justin Footman, DB, two star prospect
6. Shane Moore, DL, two star prospect

*See all of Marshall’s 2007 recruiting class here.

.A few notable names from Marshall’s 2008 recruiting class that will not make it to senior day this or next year:

1. Maurice Graham, TE, three star prospect
2. O.J Murdock, WR, three star prospect
3. Ahmed Shakoor, DB, three star prospect
4. John Youboty, DL, three star prospect
5. Jordan Taylor, RB, two star prospect
6. Zach Tenuta, TE, two star prospect

*See all of Marshall’s 2008 recruiting class here.

.Next season Marshall should only have a senior class of nine players.

Conference Realignment: Big East stops pursuit of BYU

Following up on a post from last week, multiple reports indicate that the Big East Conference has stopped pursuing BYU for membership. Apparently, BYU wanted to keep it’s television rights for home football games, something the Big East would not allow.

This is important to Marshall and Conference USA because the Big East needs to add an additional west coast school before launching their expansion plans. Current C-USA members Houston, UCF, and SMU are set to join the Big East as full members while Navy, Boise State, and Air Force would sign up as football only schools.

In terms of new targets, CBSSports.com reported that San Diego State would be very interested in joining the Big East.

Today's Marshall University Athletic News: 11/23/11

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd faces another veteran QB in ECU’s Davis

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201111220216

From the Charleston Gazette, Kane & Pitts lead Herd past UNCW

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201111220207

From the Charleston Gazette, Addendum on the ECU defense

http://blogs.wvgazette.com/dougsmock/2011/11/22/addendum-on-ecu-defense/

From the Charleston Daily Mail, “Everybody needs a helping hand”

http://www.dailymail.com/News/Kanawha/201111220229

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall football: Herd QBs get ready for East Carolina

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201111220114

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Video: Doc Holliday weekly press conference (ECU)

http://blogs.dailymail.com/marshall/2011/11/22/video-doc-holliday-talks-ecu-senior-day-and-a-qbs-torn-labrum/

From the Herald Dispatch, ECU's Davis on Herd's mind

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x383394422/ECUs-Davis-on-Herds-mind

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd improves to 4-0

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1832055616/Mens-basketball-Marshall-36-UNC-Wilmington-25-HALF

From the Herald Dispatch, Holliday calls on fans to support his seniors

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1832055642/Holliday-calls-on-fans-to-support-his-seniors

From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall women at Morehead

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x383394424/Marshall-women-at-Morehead

From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: MU has big bet on Houston vs. Tulsa

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x383394418/MU-has-big-bet-on-Houston-vs-Tulsa

From the WV Metro News, Who wants it more?

http://www.wvmetronews.com/marshall.cfm?func=displayfullstory&storyid=49377

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Marshall Basketball: Pitts leads Herd past UNCW 69-64

Lead by senior point guard Damier Pitts 21 points Marshall University beat UNC-Wilmington 69-64 Tuesday evening. In the Herd's first road game of 2011 Marshall trailed early but used a twelve to one first quarter run that helped establish a 36-25 half time lead. UNCW pulled within four points with 11:47 left in the game but two consecutive Seahawk turnovers turned the game in Marshall's favor.

Complete Marshall box score, including individual and team stats, can be found here.

Marshall in the NFL, Week 11

Weekly review of Marshall University alumni in the NFL:

1. Ahmad Bradshaw, Running Back, New York Giants

Ahmad Bradshaw sat out his third straight game while recovering from a foot injury. The Giants lost to Philadelphia 17-10.

2. C.J Spillman, Safety, San Francisco 49ers

C.J Spillman registered one special teams tackle during San Francisco’s 23-7 win over Arizona.

3. Chris Crocker, Safety, Cincinnati Bengals

In a busy game for Cincinnati’s secondary Chris Crocker recorded four tackles during the Bengals 31-24 loss to Baltimore.

4. Doug Legursky, Guard/Center, Pittsburgh Steelers

Bye week.

5. Byron Lefwich, Quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers*

* On injured reserved, broken arm.

6. Albert McClellan, Linebacker, Baltimore Ravens

Albert McClellan played on special teams but did not register a tackle during the Ravens 31-24 win over Cincinnati.

7. Lee Smith, Tight End, Buffalo Bills

For the first time in six weeks Lee Smith was inactive for the Bills 35-8 loss to Miami.

Today's Marshall University Athletic News: 11/22/11

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd hits coast for first road game

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201111210240

From the Charleston Gazette, East Carolina copes with big injuries

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201111210238

From the Charleston Daily Mail, MU basketball: Herd on road for first time this season

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201111210162

From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall kicker adjust to tilt

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201111210148

From the Herald Dispatch, MU seeks road win at UNCW

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1644065665/MU-seeks-road-win-at-UNC-Wilmington

From the Herald Dispatch, MU's last home game against ECU

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1644065667/Final-home-game-comes-against-MU-bugaboo-ECU

From the Herald Dispatch, Schiffbauer competes at the NCAAs

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1644065675/Schiffbauer-competes-at-the-NCAAs

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd must change its defensive strategy

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1644065663/Chuck-Landon-Herd-must-change-its-defensive-strategy

From the Herald Dispatch, ECU Pirates hit hard with injuries as Marshall looms

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1644065669/Andrew-Ramspacher-ECU-Pirates-hit-hard-with-injuries-as-Marshall-looms

Monday, November 21, 2011

Marshall Football: Verbal Commitment Watch, Week 14

The Marshall Thundering Blog looks back on last weeks high school football action and reviews the performance of each Marshall University verbal commitment.

1. Tyler Combs, OL, Lawrence County High School (KY)

Season over, Lawrence County finished with a 5-7 record.

2. Devon Johnson, LB/RB, Richlands High School (VA)

After a week one bye in Virginia’s AA playoffs Richlands defeated Tunstall 58-7 Friday night. Devon Johnson rushed 17 times for 197 yards and three touchdowns during the win.

Read about the game here.

3. Trenton Norvell, QB, Seabreeze High School (FL)

Trenton Norvell’s high school football career ended Friday night in a 37-15 loss to Winter Haven. Despite losing Norvell had a good game, completing 17 of 31 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns.

Read about the game here.

4. Ryan Riedel, LB, Cabell Midland High School (WV)

Cabell Midland exited the AAA West Virginia playoffs Friday evening with a 41-8 loss to Bridgeport. Former Marshall offensive lineman Luke Salmons ends his first season as Knights head coach with a 8-4 record.

Read about the game here.

5. Antonio Wells, DE, Magna Vista High School (VA)

In a overtime thriller Magna Vista defeated Salem 36-35 Friday night. The win advances Magna Vista to the Region IV, Division 4 final next week, where they will play top-seed Christiansburg.

Read about Magna Vista’s overtime win here.

6. Matt Cincotta, LS/LB, Charlotte Catholic High School (NC)

Despite trailing at halftime for the first time all season Charlotte Catholic beat A.L Brown High School 35-9 Friday night.

Read about the game here.

7. Cameron Dees, OL, Armwood High School (FL)

Armwood narrowly avoided an upset Friday night as the nationally ranked football program came from behind to beat Lakewood Ranch 31-28. Cameron Dees and the Armwood offensive line sprung quarterback Alvin Bailey for a 65 yard touchdown run on the Hawks last offensive possession to seal a victory.

Read about the game here.

8. Zach Hall, OL, Port Charlotte High School (FL)

Port Charlotte’s season came to an end Friday night with a 56-7 playoff loss to Fort Pierce Central.

Read about the game here.

Today's Marshall University Athletic News: 11/21/11

From the Charleston Gazette, Mbao gives Herd an inside boost

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201111200157

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Civic Center gets a bargain with new floor

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/201111200131

From the Charleston Daily Mail, MU basketball: Mbao key to Herd's post play

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201111200129

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall bowl picture coming into view

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201111200120

From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall women fall short vs. UAB

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x523378728/Marshall-women-fall-short-vs-UAB

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd down to last defense

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x523378734/Down-to-last-defense

From the Herald Dispatch, Lesson from latest game: Limit turnovers

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x523378732/Lesson-from-latest-game-Limit-turnovers

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Marshall Basketball:Herd stomps out Demons 83-61

DeAndre Kane scored a career high 26 points as Marshall University's men's basketball team beat Northwestern State 83-61 Saturday night. Marshall dominated the game from start to finish, only trailing for 15 seconds in the first half.

The Herd's biggest advantage came on the boards as they out rebounded Northwestern St. 59-30. In fact, Marshall registered more offensive rebounds (24) than NSU did on defense (20). Marshall's rebounding edge was lead by center Yous Mbao who grabbed nine boards, he also blocked three shots.

Besides Kane, Damier Pitts (13) and Dennis Tinnon (10) reached double digit points. Dago Pena paced the Herd with five assists.

Box score for tonight's game can be found here.

Marshall Basketball: Pitts suffers broken nose

Per today's Herald Dispatch, Marshall University point guard Damier Pitts broke his nose during Tuesday's practice. He will wear a protective mask for tonight's game against Northwestern State:

Read the Herald Dispatch article here.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Marshall Football: Herd might be rooting for USM to win C-USA East

With Marshall’s win over Memphis last night and Southern Mississippi’s loss to UAB, Conference USA’s Eastern Division crown won’t be settled until next week. Southern Miss can earn a C-USA championship game appearance by simply beating Memphis a week from Saturday. Marshall needs more help, a win over East Carolina and a USM loss to Memphis.

So why might Marshall fans be rooting for a Thundering Herd and Golden Eagle victory next week?

To be eligible for a bowl game teams must finish no worse than .500. If Marshall beats ECU they will improve to an even 6-6. Lets say USM falters next week and MU wins, catapulting the Herd into C-USA’s championship game. If Marshall lost in the C-USA championship they would finish at 6-7 and not be bowl eligible.

Yes, I might be getting a little bit ahead of my self given Marshall’s performance last night in Memphis but, it dose bring up an interesting question. Is it better to have a chance at winning the C-USA title or going to a bowl game?

*Quick note, a 6-7 team can be invited to a bowl game if less than 70 FBS teams are bowl eligible. Read all about it in this Associated Press article from 2010.

Today's Marshall University Athletic News: 11/18/11

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd rallies to beat Memphis 23-22

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201111170278

From the Charleston Gazette, Grades for the Memphis game

http://blogs.wvgazette.com/dougsmock/2011/11/18/grades-for-memphis-game-2/

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Herd overcomes six turnovers keeps bowl hopes alive

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201111180002

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall football: Surgery likely for Graham, Sullivan quits

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201111170159

From the Charleston Daily Mail, From no bowl game/epic meltdown to C-USA title?

http://blogs.dailymail.com/marshall/2011/11/18/from-no-bowl-gameepic-meltdown-to-c-usa-title/

From the Herald Dispatch, Thundering Herd survives

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1852080249/Thundering-Herd-survives

From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Marshall won, but this game was awful

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1852080251/Chuck-Landon-Marshall-won-but-this-game-was-awful

From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall notebook: Sullivan’s departure leaves Herd short

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1708808466/Sullivan-s-departure-leaves-Herd-short

From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon grades the Herd

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1852080253/Chuck-Landon-Grades-the-Herd-Marshall-23-Memphis-22

From the Herald Dispatch, Andrew Ramspacher awards game balls

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1708808468/Andrew-Ramspacher-awards-game-balls

From the Herald Dispatch, Legge signs to play at Marshall

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x523378025/Legge-signs-to-play-at-Marshall

From the Herald Dispatch, MU hoops get ready to play Saturday

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x523378029/No-Headline

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd volleyball team on road at Memphis

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x523378031/Herd-volleyball-team-on-road-at-Memphis

Thursday, November 17, 2011

C-USA Football: UAB takes down Southern Miss 34-31

In a game with Conference USA championship game ramifications, UAB took down Southern Mississippi 34-31 Thursday night. Southern Miss still controls their own destiny but, if they lose to Memphis next week and Marshall beats East Carolina the Herd will be C-USA's East Division champion.

Marshall Football: Herd edges Memphis 23-22

Despite committing five turnovers Marshall University edged Memphis 23-22 in Thursday night's football game. Starting in place of injured quarterback A.J Graham, Rakeem Cato completed 13 passes on 23 attempts for 150 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions. Two Marshall turnovers, a fumble by punter Kase Whitehead and another by Cato were returned for Memphis touchdowns. Marshall did not force a Tiger interception or fumble.

Thundering Herd running back Tron Martinez had a monster game, rushing 22 times for 94 yards and one touchdown, he also fumbled once.

Box score for tonight's game can be found here.

More to follow tomorrow.

Marshall Football: Cato to start vs. Memphis, Eddie Sullivan quits team

Per Herald Dispatch columnist Chuck Landon, Marshall University freshman quarterback Rakeem Cato will start against Memphis. Sophomore A.J Graham, who had started the previous four games, is scheduled to have shoulder surgery tomorrow. Graham injured his shoulder last week during Marshall’s 59-17 loss to Tulsa.

Landon is also reporting that third string quarterback Eddie Sullivan has quit Marshall’s football team. A sophomore, Sullivan was Brian Anderson’s primary backup last season, completing six passes on 24 attempts for 134 yards and one touchdown. Sullivan was passed on the depth chart by Graham and Cato this August and has not seen the field in 2011.

Read Landon’s full report here.

C-USA Football: Week 12 Preview

C-USA football kicks off it’s week tonight with two Thursday matchups. Marshall travels to Memphis looking to keep it’s bowl hopes alive while UAB host a Southern Mississippi team fighting to wrap up the east division.

For a preview of every C-USA football game this week click here.

Standings:

East Division
1.USM: 9-1 (5-1)
2.ECU: 4-6 (3-3)
3.Marshall: 4-6 (3-3)
4.UCF: 4-6 (2-4)
5.UAB: 2-8 (2-5)
6.Memphis: 2-8 (1-5)

West Division
1.Houston: 10-0 (6-0)
2.Tulsa: 7-3 (6-0)
3.SMU: 6-4 (4-2)
4.Rice: 3-7 (2-4)
5.UTEP: 5-5 (2-4)
6.Tulane: 2-9 (1-6)

Marshall Football: Notes from Memphis

Collection of articles on Memphis football leading up to tonight’s game against Marshall:

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Memphis Tigers QB Reed hit hard, but learning a lot

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2011/nov/17/unbroken/

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Once a strength Memphis kicking game in disarray

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2011/nov/16/tigers-kicking-game-in-disarray/

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Young Tiger football team can’t close out games

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2011/nov/15/tigers-cant-close-the-deal/

From Gotigersgo.com, Larry Porter Press Luncheon – Nov. 14, 2011

http://www.gotigersgo.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/111411aae.html

From Yahoo Sports, Tigers team report – Nov. 16, 2011

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news?slug=teamreports-2011-ncaaf-mmg

Today's Marshall University Athletic News: 10/17/11

From the Charleston Gazette, Stalking in Memphis

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201111160309

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd 3-point shooters off to slow start

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201111160302

From the Charleston Gazette, Marshall-Memphis game capsule

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201111160297

From the Charleston Gazette, Kelvin Amayo…whoa!

http://blogs.wvgazette.com/dougsmock/2011/11/16/kelvin-amayo/

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Small crowd at Memphis doesn't worry Herd

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201111160192

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Cato receives shot at redemption

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201111160161

From the Herald Dispatch, Many players, little playing time

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x523377839/So-many-players-so-little-playing-time

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd faces Memphis

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x760507268/Herd-will-try-to-pounce-on-Tigers-D-line

From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall may have another basketball recruit

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x523377837/No-Headline

From the Herald Dispatch, Whitehead kicks for home

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x523377841/Whitehead-kicks-for-home

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd women fall to Miami

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x523377843/Herd-women-fall-to-Miami

From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Herd will prevail over Tigers -- because it's Marshall's turn to win

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x760507266/Herd-will-prevail-over-Tigers-because-its-Marshalls-turn-to-win

From the WV Metro News, The Stampede with Dave Wilson Ep. 6

http://www.wvmetronews.com/marshall.cfm?func=displayfullstory&storyid=49259

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Marshall Basketball: Kelvin Amayo transferring to Marshall

According to his Twitter account Kelvin Amayo is transferring to Marshall University. Amayo signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Towson University but the NCAA declared him academically ineligible for the 2011-2012 basketball season. Grant Taylor of the Herald Dispatch reported via Twitter that Amayo will enroll at Marshall next semester as a prop. He should be eligible to join Marshall’s basketball team in December of 2012.

A 6’5, 200 lbs point guard, Amayo was rated a three star prospect by Rivals.com coming out of NIA Prep (Newark, NJ). Besides Towson, Amayo also had scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Arizona, Oklahoma State, and Rice among many other schools.

For more on Amayo’s commitment to Marshall follow the links below:

ZAGSBLOG article on Amayo’s transfer to Marshall, includes quotes from Amayo.

NJ.com article on Amayo’s eligibility at Towson.

Towson press release on Amayo’s eligibility.

Rivals.com profile.

ESPN.com profile.

YouTube.com video (1).

YouTube.com video (2).

YouTube.com video (3).

Conference Realignment: BYU could trigger C-USA exodus

According to multiple reports BYU is seriously considering an invitation to join the Big East Conference as a football only member.

If BYU joins the Big East expect Houston, UCF, and SMU to leave Conference USA shortly after. Those four schools along with Navy and Air Force will help form a twelve team Big East football conference. BYU’s addition to the Big East is vital, it has been reported that Boise State will not join the conference unless a western division is created. Reports indicate that a western division would consist of Air Force, BYU, Boise State, UCF, Houston, and SMU. Navy would join Louisville, Cincinnati, USF, Connecticut, and Rutgers in the east.

Today's Marshall University Athletic News: 11/16/11

From the Charleston Gazette, Holliday ready to ride with Cato again

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201111150271

From the Charleston Gazette, East Division scenarios

http://blogs.wvgazette.com/dougsmock/2011/11/15/east-division-scenarios/

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall football: Cato likely to start against Memphis

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201111150206

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Cato the starter; McGill the traveler

http://blogs.dailymail.com/marshall/2011/11/16/cato-the-starter-mcgill-the-traveler/

From the Charleston Daily Mail, The Van starts to move

http://blogs.dailymail.com/marshall/2011/11/15/the-van-starts-to-move/

From the Herald Dispatch, Might be a go for Cato

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x760507048/Might-be-a-go-for-Cato

From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Good, bad news about Marshall's John Bruhin

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x760507044/Good-bad-news-about-Marshalls-John-Bruhin

From the Herald Dispatch, MU football notebook: Herd preps for empty Liberty Bowl

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x760507024/Marshall-preps-for-empty-atmosphere-at-Liberty-Bowl

From the Herald Dispatch, Rick McCann: MU basketball notebook

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x760507046/Herrion-Herd-not-making-key-shots

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd women eye next opponent Miami

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x760507026/Herd-women-eye-next-opponent-Miami

From the Herald Dispatch, Lincoln standout Alyssa Cook signs to play at Marshall

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x760507008/Lincoln-standout-Alyssa-Cook-signs-to-play-at-Marshall

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Marshall Football: A.J to dress, may play vs. Memphis

During his weekly news conference Marshall University football coach Doc Holliday announced quarterback A.J Graham will dress for Thursday’s game at Memphis but, his playing status remains unclear. Graham left last weeks game against Tulsa after injuring his shoulder in the second quarter and did not return.

More updates to follow.

Marshall in the NFL, Week 10

Weekly review of Marshall University alumni in the NFL:

1. Ahmad Bradshaw, Running Back, New York Giants

Still recovering from a broken bone in his foot Ahmad Bradshaw missed the Giants 27-20 loss to San Francisco. Bradshaw has now sat out the past two games, there is no timetable for his return.

2. C.J Spillman, Safety, San Francisco 49ers

Playing on special teams, C.J Spillman registered one tackle in San Francisco’s 27-20 win over New York (NFC).

3. Chris Crocker, Safety, Cincinnati Bengals

Chris Crocker lead the Bengals with five tackles during Cincinnati’s 24-17 loss to Pittsburgh.

4. Doug Legursky, Guard/Center, Pittsburgh Steelers

After sitting out the past three games while recovering from toe surgery Doug Legursky was active for the Steelers 24-17 win over Cincinnati. Legursky did not start but did see spot action along the offensive line.

5. Byron Lefwich, Quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers*

* On injured reserved, broken arm.

6. Albert McClellan, Linebacker, Baltimore Ravens

Albert McClellan registered one tackle and one assisted tackle during Baltimore’s 22-17 loss to Seattle.

7. Lee Smith, Tight End, Buffalo Bills

Lee Smith failed to register any stats on special teams or at tight end during the Bill’s 44-7 loss to Dallas.

Marshall Football: George Barlow gets 1st win at New Mexico

Former Marshall University football player George Barlow picked up his first win as New Mexico’s interim head coach last Saturday, beating UNLV 21-17. Barlow took over the Lobo’s program after former head coach Mike Locksley was fired in September.

A standout safety at Marshall from 1986 – 1990, Barlow earner all Southern Conference honors during his time in green and white.

Read about New Mexico’s win over UNLV here.

Today's Marshall University Athletic News: 11/15/11

From the Charleston Gazette, Long season gets tougher for Memphis

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201111140250

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall basketball: Herd has versatility to go with depth

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201111140181

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Vinny’s tattoo

http://blogs.dailymail.com/marshall/2011/11/15/vinnys-tattoo/

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall football: Van finally emerges for Herd

http://dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201111140170

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd takes time to reflect

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/x760506618/Marshall-players-take-break-from-football-on-Monday-to-remember-tragedy-in-1970

From the Herald Dispatch, Young Herd player speaks at service

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/x760506604/Young-Herd-player-sends-message-to-MU-students

From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: 41-year burden is lifted for Tenn. man

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x760506614/Chuck-Landon-41-year-burden-is-lifted-for-Tenn-man

From the Herald Dispatch, Marshall men's golf gets top recruit from Canton

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x760506606/Marshall-mens-golf-gets-top-recruit-from-Canton

From the Herald Dispatch, Andrew Ramspacher: Memphis readies for Marshall after crushing defeat to UAB

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x760506620/Andrew-Ramspacher-Memphis-readies-for-Marshall-after-crushing-defeat-to-UAB

From the Herald Dispatch, Despite shooting slump, Herd still winning

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x760506616/Despite-shooting-slump-Herd-still-winning

From the Herald Dispatch, Thundering Herd women sign 2 basketball recruits

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x760506622/Thundering-Herd-women-sign-2-basketball-recruits

Monday, November 14, 2011

Never Forget, November 14th 1970

Forty one yards ago today, November 14th 1970, a plane carrying 75 members of the Marshall University family crashed short of Tri-State Airport in Kenova W.V., killing all on board. Like every November 14th since it’s dedication in 1972, the Marshall community will gather at the memorial fountain on campus to mark this tragic anniversary. Lets never forget those true son’s and daughter’s of Marshall who lost their lives that day.

From the ashes we rose, We are... Marshall.

Marshall Football: Verbal Commitment Watch, Week 13

The Marshall Thundering Blog looks back on last weeks high school football action and reviews the performance of every Marshall verbal commitment.

1. Tyler Combs, OL, Lawrence County High School (KY)

Tyler Combs high school football career ended Friday night as Lawrence County lost it’s second round playoff game to Belfry 46-16.

Read about the game here.

2. Devon Johnson, LB/RB, Richlands High School (VA)

Bye week, will play Tunstall in a second round playoff match-up Friday night.

3. Trenton Norvell, QB, Seabreeze High School (FL)

Bye week, Seabreeze travels to Winter Haven High School on Friday night for a first round playoff game.

4. Ryan Riedel, LB, Cabell Midland High School (WV)

Ryan Riedel and the Cabell Midland Knight’s needed overtime to earn a first round playoff victory over Wheeling Park last Friday night. Cabell Midland’s defense stopped Wheeling Park on a crucial fourth and short play in overtime to secure the win.

Read about the game here.

5. Antonio Wells, DE, Magna Vista High School (VA)

Bye week, Magna Vista host Salem High School for a second round playoff game Friday evening.

6. Matt Cincotta, LS/LB, Charlotte Catholic High School (NC)

Playing linebacker Matt Cincotta recovered a fumble to help Charlotte Catholic defeat Marvin Ridge 49-28 last Friday. The win propels Charlotte Catholic into a second round playoff match-up against A.L. Brown High School this week.

Read about the game here.

7. Cameron Dees, OL, Armwood High School (FL)

Bye week, Armwood plays at home Friday night against Lakewood Ranch in a second round playoff game.

8. Zach Hall, OL, Port Charlotte High School (FL)

Port Charlotte closed it’s regular season with a 28-13 loss to North Port last week. Despite the loss Port Charlotte still qualified for the playoffs. They meet Fort Pierce Central in a first round playoff match-up Friday night.

Read about Port Charlotte’s final regular season game here.

C-USA Football: Week 11 Round Up

For a full review of last weeks action in Conference USA football, including Marshall’s 59-17 loss to Tulsa, click here.

Standings:

East Division
1.USM: 9-1 (5-1)
2.ECU: 4-6 (3-3)
3.Marshall: 4-6 (3-3)
4.UCF: 4-6 (2-4)
5.UAB: 2-8 (2-5)
6.Memphis: 2-8 (1-5)

West Division
1.Houston: 10-0 (6-0)
2.Tulsa: 7-3 (6-0)
3.SMU: 6-4 (4-2)
4.Rice: 3-7 (2-4)
5.UTEP: 5-5 (2-4)
6.Tulane: 2-9 (1-6)

Today's Marshall University Athletic News: 11/14/11

From the Charleston Gazette, Is the Herd in better shape than 09’?

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/todayssportscolumn/201111130146

From the Charleston Gazette, Kane leads Herd to victory

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201111130148

From the Charleston Daily Mail, MU basketball: Herd offense struggles in victory

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201111130107

From the Charleston Daily Mail, MU football: Tulsa coach played the wind at home

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201111130124

From the Charleston Daily Mail, MU football: Tulsa still undefeated in Conference USA

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201111130112

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Video: Tom Herrion postgame chat (Jax State)

http://blogs.dailymail.com/marshall/2011/11/13/video-tom-herrion-postgame-chat-jax-state/

From the Herald Dispatch, Walsh: Healing continues for MU

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/x688484299/David-Walsh-Triumph-over-tragedy-After-41-years-healing-continues

From the Herald Dispatch, Herd pulls out victory against Jacksonville St.

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x688484297/Herd-pulls-out-victory-against-Jacksonville-St

From the Herald Dispatch, After crushing Tulsa loss, MU must win-out for bowl hopes

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x688484301/After-crushing-Tulsa-loss-MU-must-win-out-for-bowl-hopes

From the Herald Dispatch, Andrew Ramspacher: Van shows he's back on right path

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x688484303/Andrew-Ramspacher-Van-shows-hes-back-on-right-path

From the Herald Dispatch, MU's Schiffbauer qualifies for NCAA Cross Country tourney

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x688484289/MUs-Schiffbauer-qualifies-for-NCAA-Cross-Country-tourney

From the WV Metro News, Remembering The 1970 Thundering Herd

http://www.wvmetronews.com/marshall.cfm?func=displayfullstory&storyid=49190

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Marshall Basketball: Herd downs JSU 58-44

In an ugly game Marshall University's basketball team beat Jacksonville State 58-44 Sunday night. Both teams shot below 41% but the Thundering Herd caused 17 JSU turnovers to earn it's second victory of the season. Like Marshall's win over Alabama State, Junior College transfer Robert Goff lead Marshall in scoring, recording 12 points.

For a in-depth recap of the game click here.

A box score can be found here.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Marshall Basketball: Jacksonville State preview

Marshall University's men's basketball team host Jacksonville State at 4pm Sunday evening for both school's second game this season. The Herd is coming off a 67-49 win over Alabama State while Jacksonville St. downed Miles College 87-64 Friday night.

Jacksonville State notes

Last Season:
· Overall: 5-25
· Conference (Ohio Valley): 3-15

This Season:
· 2011-2012 Roster
· Picked to finish 10th in the Ohio Valley pre-season coaches poll.
· Returns four players from last seasons team and only one senior.
· Jacksonville St. is integrating seven transfers into the program this season.
. Box score vs. Miles College, 11/11/11.
. Game story, JSU over Miles College 87-64.

Top Returning Scorers (2010-2011 Stats):
1. Stephen Hall (F) – 11.1 PPG
2. Brian Williams (G) – 4.6 PPG

Top Returning Rebounder (2010-2011 Stats):
1. Stephen Hall (F) – 5 RPG

Top Returnees in Assist (2010-2011 Stats):
1. Brian Williams (G) – 1.5 APG
2. Stephen Hall (F) – 1.1 APG

Marshall Football: Herd blown out by Hurricanes 59-17

In a disappointing effort Marshall University dropped Saturday's football game at the University of Tulsa 59-17. Marshall starting quarterback A.J Graham suffered an apparent shoulder injury in the second quarter and did not return. His replacement, freshman Rakeen Cato, completed 16 passes on 26 attempts for 163 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.

One bright spot was Thundering Herd running back Travon Van, who recorded his first 100 yard rushing game in green and white. Van finished the day with 115 rushing yards on 17 attempts and one touchdown.

Box score for today's game can be found here.

Video of Doc Holliday's post game press conference via the Charleston Daily Mail's Chuck McGill, click here.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Marshall Basketball: Herd beats Alabama St. 67-49 in opener

Behind the impressive play of JUCO transfers Dennis Tinnon and Robert Goff, Marshall University beat Alabama State 67-49 to open the 2011-2012 season. Goff tied DeAndre Kane with 13 points to pace the Herd while Tinnon grabbed 14 rebounds and added ten points of his own.

A box score for Friday's game can be found here.

Marshall continues it's season Sunday afternoon (4pm) in the Cam Henderson Center against Jacksonville State.

Marshall Basketball: DeVince Boykins to Redshirt

According to the Twitter account of Charleston Daily Mail reporter Chuck McGill, Marshall University men's basketball coach Tom Herrion plans to redshirt freshman guard DeVince Boykins.

You can find McGill's Twitter account here. Link

For Boykins Marshall Thundering Blog profile click here.

Marshall Basketball: Herd receives letter of intent from Canty, Manning, & Pittman

Marshall University's men's basketball program received letters of intent from Kareem Canty, Tamron Manning, and Elijah Pittman earlier today.

Canty, a 6’1, 188 lbs, point guard from Westwind Prep Academy (AZ), is rated the 18th best point guard prospect of 2012 by ESPN. For more on Canty find his Marshall Thundering Blog profile here.

Manning, a 6’3, 185 lbs, shooting guard from Scott County High School (KY), is rated the 39th best shooting guard prospect of 2012 by ESPN. For more on Manning find his Marshall Thundering Blog profile here.

Elijah Pittman, a 6'7, 210 lbs, power forward from Lamar State College (TX) is rated the 21st best junior college prospect of 2012 according to JUCORecruiting.com. For more on Pittman, including his long strange trip to Marshall, click here.

To see Marshall's official release on all three players, including quotes from head coach Tom Herrion, click here.

Marshall Basketball: Alabama State preview

Marshall tips off the 2011-2012 college basketball season tonight as they take on Alabama State. Before today’s game be sure to read my scouting report on the Hornets:

Last Season:
1.Overall: 17-17
2.Conference (SWAC): 11-7
3.SWAC conference tournament champions.
4.Lost to UT-San Antonio in first round of the NCAA basketball tournament.

Key Departed Players:
1. Tramayne Moorer (F) – 12.5 PPF & 5.7 RPG

This Season:
1. 2011-2012 Roster

2. Picked to finish first in the SWAC pre-season coaches poll.

3. Senior forward Ivory White (7.1 PPG & 5.4 RPG last season) was selected to the pre-season all SWAC first team. White was also named the SWAC pre-season defensive player of the year.

4. Shooting guard Tramaine Butler (10.7 ppg & 3.8 rpg last season) selected to the pre-season all SWAC second team.

5. Defeated Fort Valley State University 65-57 in an exhibition game on 11/7/11, game story.

6. Alabama State returns six players from last seasons NCAA tournament team.

Top Returning Scorers (2010-2011 Stats):
1.Tramaine Butler (G) – 10.7 PPG
2.Kenderek Washington (G-F) – 8.8 PPG
3.Ivory White (F) – 7.1 PPG
4.Jeffery Middlebrooks (G) – 4.9 PPG

Top Returning Rebounders (2010-2011 Stats):
1. Ivory Whilte (F) – 5.4 RPG
2. Kenderek Washington (G-F) – 4.4 RPG
3. Tramaine Butler (G) – 3.8 RPG
4. Stephawn Brown (F) – 2.9 RPG

Top Returnees in Assist (2010-2011 Stats):
1. Jeffery Middlebrooks (G) – 2.8 APG
2. Ivory White (F) – 1.5 APG
3. Tramaine Butler (G) – 1.5 APG

*Quick Note: Tonight’s matchup is part of the four game Global Sports Challenge, which also includes Sunday’s contest against Jacksonville State.

Marshall Football: News from Tulsa

Collection of articles on Tulsa football leading up to this weeks game against Marshall:

From the Tulsa World, TU notebook: Hurricane's gold helmets

http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/TU/article.aspx?subjectid=94&articleid=20111111_94_B5_CUTLIN401864

From the Tulsa World, TU football becoming winners on cue

http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/TU/article.aspx?subjectid=94&articleid=20111110_94_B5_CUTLIN693164

From the Tulsa Word Tyler Holmes' football career has been shaped at TU

http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/TU/article.aspx?subjectid=94&articleid=20111109_94_B1_CUTLIN253210

From the Tulsa World, Blankenship staying humble through current stretch

http://www.tulsaworld.com/blogs/sportspost.aspx?/Blankenship_staying_humble_through_current_stretch/10-13115

From TulsaHurricane.com, Blankenship Holds Weekly Press Conference

http://www.tulsahurricane.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/110711aak.html

From Yahoo Sports, Tulsa team report 11/9/11

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news?slug=teamreports-2011-ncaaf-ttt

Today's Marshall University Athletic News: 11/11/11

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd tips off tonight

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201111100252

From Charleston Gazette, Watts up for Herd defense

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201111100254

From the Charleston Gazette, Tulsa game nearing

http://blogs.wvgazette.com/dougsmock/2011/11/10/tulsa-game-nearing/

From the Charleston Daily Mail, 11/11/11 — hoopyball hype vid & more

http://blogs.dailymail.com/marshall/2011/11/10/111111-hoopyball-hype-vid-more/

From the Herald Dispatch, Tulsa QB transfers to success

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x688483355/Transfer-to-success

From the Herald Dispatch, Highly touted Thundering Herd takes the court

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x688483353/Highly-touted-Thundering-Herd-takes-the-court

From the Herald Dispatch, MU women open season vs. Kent State

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x688483359/Defending-their-court

From the Herald Dispatch, Andrew Ramspacher: Another game, another tough QB

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x688483357/Another-game-another-tough-QB

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Andy Katz, Marshall Basketball Primed for Big Season

In a recent ESPN.com article college basketball analysis Andy Katz called Marshall University one of ten programs poised for a breakout season.

Katz had this to say about the Thundering Herd:

Marshall: Memphis is the clear favorite in Conference USA. But the Thundering Herd have two guards -- DeAndre Kane and Damier Pitts -- who can match up with any of the players on the Tigers. Marshall has plenty to prove to be worthy of a team that should be taken seriously. There are a number of nonconference games -- Belmont, Iona, West Virginia and Cincinnati -- that will show if Marshall is worthy of significant hype. And of course the Herd must make Huntington a tough place to play and be consistent to nudge at Memphis throughout the winter. If Marshall does that, you'll take the Herd seriously in March.

Read the full article here.

Today's Marshall University Athletic News: 11/10/11

From the Charleston Gazette, Herd trying to reverse trend of November past

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201111090274

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall women have experience

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201111090314

From the Charleston Daily Mail, The time is now for Herd's Gale

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201111090295

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Former Marshall coach suspended at UCF

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/201111090300

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Marshall athletics chat transcript

http://blogs.dailymail.com/marshall/2011/11/09/chat-about-marshall-sports-and-everything-else/

From the Herald Dispatch, Former Herd QB coaching at Tulsa

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x688482869/Former-Herd-QB-Taylor-now-coaching-at-Tulsa

From the Herald Dispatch, Seniors psyched for big season

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x688482867/Seniors-psyched-for-big-season

From the Herald Dispatch, SMU eliminates Marshall

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x688482873/SMU-eliminates-Marshall

From the Herald Dispatch, Andrew Ramspacher: Taylor not surprised by Graham's improvement

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x688482871/Taylor-not-surprised-by-Grahams-improvement

From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Pruett gets kick out of coaches he brought up

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x688482859/Pruett-gets-kick-out-of-coaches-he-brought-up

From the WV Metro News, The Stampede with Dave Wilson Ep.5

http://www.wvmetronews.com/marshall.cfm?func=displayfullstory&storyid=49113

C-USA Football: Week 11 Preview

Conference USA boast a strong schedule of games this week that starts tonight when No. 11 Houston visits Tulane (7 pm CST on CBS Sports Network). For a preview of every week eleven C-USA football game, including Marshall’s trip to Tulsa, click here.

Standings:

East Division
1.USM: 8-1 (4-1)
2.ECU: 4-5 (3-2)
3.Marshall: 4-5 (3-2)
4.UCF: 4-5 (2-3)
5.Memphis: 2-7 (1-4)
6.UAB: 1-8 (1-5)

West Division
1.Houston: 9-0 (5-0)
2.Tulsa: 6-3 (5-0)
3.SMU: 6-3 (4-2)
4.Rice: 3-6 (2-4)
5.UTEP: 4-5 (1-4)
6.Tulane: 2-8 (1-5)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

C-USA News: UCF Athletic Director stepping down, Donnie Jones suspended

UCF Athletic Director Keith Tribble will resign amid NCAA recruiting violations in the schools basketball and football programs. It is also being reported that current Central Florida and former Marshall basketball coach Donnie Jones will be suspended three games by UCF for his role in the infractions. On the football front wide receivers coach David Kelly, the Knights' top recruiter, has resigned.

A rumor also indicates that up to five members of UCF’s basketball team will be suspended for either failing a drug test or accepting improper benefits. Donnie Jones held three of his players out of last Saturday’s exhibition win over West Virginia Tech for a violation of team rules. Two other players, A.J. Rompza and Jeff Jordan, did not dress due to a still pending resolution of NCAA eligibility matters.

For the complete story please read this Orlando Sentinel article.

UCF has scheduled a 2:30pm news conference to address the situation, updates to follow.

Marshall Baseball: Herd Alumni in the Minors, 2010-2011 final stats

I have planned on posting this for awhile but just got around to it today.

Marshall University had seven alumni playing minor league baseball in 2010-2011. You will find a quick review of each players season below:

1. Arik Sikula, RP, Toronto Blue Jays (Bluefield Blue Jays/Rookie Appalachian League)

In his first taste of professional baseball Airk Sikula appeared in 18 games for the Bluefield Blue Jays pitching 30.1 innings with a 2.97 ERA, 35 strikeouts, and only 9 walks. Sikula also registered one save.

Total minor league stats.

2. Ian Kadish, RP, Toronto Blue Jays (Bluefield Blue Jays/Rookie Appalachian League)

In the same Bluefield bullpen as Sikula, Ian Kadish saved seven games in 30.1 innings pitched. Kadish posted a 2.67 ERA with 35 strikeouts and 11 walks.

Total minor league stats.

3. Greg Williams, RP, Texas Rangers (Spokane Indians/Class A Short Season Northwest League)

Greg Williams spent his first season in minor league baseball with two teams. Williams first stop was the Arizona rookie league where he pitched 23.2 innings with a 3.42 ERA and 20 strikeouts to six walks. Briefly called up to the Northwest League, Williams made on apperance for the Spokane Indians, striking out one batter while issuing three base on balls but, no runs.

Total minor league stats.

4. Rhett Stafford, OF, Oakland Athletics (AZL Athletics/Arizona Rookie League)

In a impressive minor league debut Rhett Stafford finished second on the Arizona rookie league Athletics in homeruns (six) and RBI (29). Besides the power numbers Stafford played in 41 games registering 151 at-bats with a .265 batting average. Stafford made a brief two game stint in the California league but did not record a hit in five plate appearances.

Total minor league stats.

5. Kenny Socorro, SS, Chicago Cubs (Peoria Chiefs/Class A Midwest League)

Kenny Socorro played on three different minor league teams during his first season of professional baseball. Soccorro spent the majority of his year with the Boise Hawks (Class A Short Season Northwest League) where he batted .200 in 75 at-bats with six RBI. He also played ten games with the Peoria Chiefs (Class A Mid-West League), registering ten hits and two walks during 38 plate appearances.

Total minor league stats.

6. Shane Farrell, P, Toronto Blue Jays (GCL Blue Jays/Rookie Gulf Coast League)

Did not registered any stats, was drafted in the 46th round of this June’s MLB draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. Son of current Blue Jays manager John Farrell.

7. Dan Straily, SP, Oakland Athletics (Stockton Ports/Class A Advanced California League)

Playing in his third minor league season Dan Straily put together a solid year for the Stockton Ports. In 26 starts Straily struck out 154 batters and only gave out 40 walks while posting a 3.87 ERA.

Full minor league stats.

Today's Marshall University Athletic News: 11/9/11

From the Charleston Gazette, Another week another great QB the Herd must defend

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/Marshall/201111080328

From the Charleston Gazette, Jerry Sandusky almost Herd head coach in 1974

http://blogs.wvgazette.com/dougsmock/2011/11/08/jerry-sandusky-item/

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Tulsa's schedule speaks for itself

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201111080204

From the Charleston Daily Mail, All of the pieces fell into place for former Herd backup QB Taylor

http://www.dailymail.com/Sports/MUSports/201111080207

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Hoopyball tidbits: Coleman & signings

http://blogs.dailymail.com/marshall/2011/11/08/hoopyball-tidbits-coleman-signings/

From the Charleston Daily Mail, Video: Doc Holliday talks Tulsa, Tebow and more

http://blogs.dailymail.com/marshall/2011/11/08/video-doc-holliday-talks-tulsa-tebow-and-more/

From the Herald Dispatch, Pena aims to improve

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1493534139/Pena-aims-to-improve

From the Herald Dispatch, Tulsa survives, then thrives

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1493534141/Tulsa-tough

From the Herald Dispatch, Chuck Landon: Penn State mess might have been Marshall's

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1493534137/Penn-State-mess-might-have-been-Marshalls

From the Herald Dispatch, Letter from Tom Herrion

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1493534135/No-Headline

From the Herald Dispatch, Andrew Ramspacher: Tulsa loses coaches, but keeps consistency

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1493534131/Tulsa-loses-coaches-but-keeps-consistency

From the Herald Dispatch, Withrow a repeat selection

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/sports/x1493534129/Withrow-a-repeat-selection