1) Conference USA’s 2014 men’s basketball tournament will only have 15 participants as FIU received a postseason ban from the NCAA yesterday. The Golden Panthers received the ban after accumulating a academic progress rating of 750 for the 2011-2012 academic year, well below the 900 point threshold.
2) Marshall’s athletic programs had no such trouble with the APR as every program is in good academic standing.
3) C-USA’s board of directors have decided to keep the league at 14 members for the foreseeable future.
4) The Thundering Herd’s baseball program added a new pitching coach yesterday as Josh Newman will replace Joe Renner on Jeff Waggoner’s staff.
5) Three football players, quarterback Rakeem Cato, wide reciver Tommy Shuler, and tight end Harold “Gator” Hoskins were named to the 2013 College Football Performance Offensive Awards Watch List.
6) Speaking of football, two former Marshall athletes have found new homes in the NFL. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw signed a one year deal with the Indianapolis Colts yesterday. Bradshaw spent the first six years of his career with the New York Giants, rushing for 4,232 yards and 32 touchdowns.
After four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Doug Legursky agreed to a four year contract with the Buffalo Bills last week. Legursky will compete for a starting spot at left guard.
7) Marshall’s 2012-2013 athletic year ended 2,500 miles away from Huntington last week as track and field athletes Crystal Walker and Vanessa Jules competed in the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Oregon’s historic Hayward Field. Both walked away first team All-American’s as Walker recorded a school-record long jump of 6.41 meters, good enough for fifth place. Competing in the heptathlon Jules won the long jump portion and finished 6th in the overall standings.