Thursday, May 30, 2013

Marshall Roundup: C-USA Basketball Tournament, Grantham & Woodson Head Elsewhere, Baseball Stadium, Dan Staily, and Larry Coyer

1) Nashville would like to permanently host the SEC basketball tournament but, with 2017, 2018, and 2020 about to be awarded to other city’s an opening might exist for Conference USA. In February C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky expressed interest in hosting his conferences basketball tournament at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena during years where the SEC is elsewhere.

2) Marshall’s basketball program lost out on two recruits this week. First, West Virginia high school basketball player of the year Donte’ Grantham decided to attend prep school at Hargrave Military Academy. The 6-foot-8 forward had scholarship offers from the Thundering Herd and WVU. Marshall alum A.W. Hamilton coaches Hargrave’s post graduate basketball team.

Yesterday Huntington Prep forward Dominic Woodson announced his decision to attend Memphis, shunning scholarship offers from Marshall and many other suitors. Woodson had previously signed a letter of intent with Baylor but was released from his commitment last week.

3) In a article by columnist Jack Bogaczyk Huntington Mayor Steve Williams declared “We will have a ballpark built before I leave office, by any means we can,”. Mayor Williams, a former Thundering Herd football player, envisions a public/private partnership with Marshall and a developer that will bring a new baseball stadium and minor league team to Huntington. William’s preferred location for the project is the Flint Pigments and ACF property located behind Joan C. Edwards Stadium on Third Avenue.

4) In other baseball related news, Oakland A’s starting pitcher and former Marshall hurler Dan Straily has posted back-to-back quality stars after a few rough outings earlier in the season. Pitching 13 innings against the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants, Straily only surrendered one run while striking out 6 batters against just one walk. Straily picked up wins in both games, for the season he has a 3-2 record and 5.08 ERA.

5) Moving to football, Marshall alum Larry Coyer has been hired by the Washington Redskins as a advance scout. Prior to his new position Coyer served as defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts from 2009 to 2011 and defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos from 2003-2006.


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