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Five leave Marshall football team
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Five Marshall football players have left the team in recent days, according to MU on Monday. One departure, running back-turned-corner Travon Van, was in the works since last week. Van will transfer to Montana.
Also leaving are tight end C.J. Crawford and backup long snapper James Power, both of whom graduated with eligibility remaining, offensive lineman Billy Rone, who will transfer, and walk-on defensive back Derek Robinson, who simply left the team.
Crawford was listed as a redshirt junior and Power was listed as a redshirt sophomore on the 2012 roster. Crawford caught 11 passes for 107 yards this season, while Power was the backup to long snapper Matt Cincotta. Rone, a transfer from Glendale (Ariz.) Community College, did not see the field this season. His transfer destination was not announced.
The Herd also recently lost running back Tron Martinez, who was medically disqualified.
WVU women rise one spot in poll
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia women's basketball team moved up one place to No. 24 in the Associated Press poll this week after defeating Youngstown State 90-57 Sunday.
WVU was ranked 17th in the preseason poll and was ranked as high as No. 12, in week three. Last week, the Mountaineers cracked the Top 25 after winning three consecutive games, beating Virginia, Marshall and St. Bonaventure. The Mountaineers are riding a four-game win streak. They are 7-2 overall this season.
The Mountaineers return to action Thursday, when they play host to Duquesne at the WVU Coliseum.
Amayo can practice with Herd Thursday
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Guard Kelvin Amayo's first basketball game with Marshall could come in Rupp Arena.
Amayo, who entered Marshall in the spring 2012 as an academic non-qualifier, should be able to begin practicing with the Thundering Herd on Thursday, a source said. Amayo, from Newark, N.J., was a three-star prospect out of high school according to Rivals.com. The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder originally signed with Towson State, but was declared academically ineligible.
Amayo will not be in uniform for Wednesday's game against Towson State, but should be available for Saturday's game at Kentucky.