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Marshall football: Heater expected to be named defensive coordinator

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Doc Holliday and Chuck Heater will share the same sideline once again.

According to sources close to the search, Heater is expected to be named the Marshall football team's defensive coordinator within the next few days, rejoining Thundering Herd Head Coach Doc Holliday, who worked with Heater on Urban Meyer's Florida staff from 2005-07.

Heater was Temple's defensive coordinator for the past two seasons under Coach Steve Addazio. In 2011, the Owls ranked third in the Football Bowl Subdivision in scoring defense (13.92 points per game) and 12th in total defense (311.77 yards per game). Temple's defensive rankings dipped in 2012, as the Owls finished 86th in scoring defense (31.18 ppg) and 90th in total defense (437.18 ypg).

Those numbers still were better than Marshall's last season, and that led to former defensive coordinator Chris Rippon resigning following Marshall's season-ending double-overtime loss to East Carolina. The Herd finished 101st in total defense (456.58 ypg) and 119th in scoring defense (43.08 ppg).

The Herd allowed seven opponents to score at least 40 points and five opponents to score at least 50 points.

Heater, 60, was born in Weston and grew up in Tiffin, Ohio, becoming a star  running back for the University of Michigan. His coaching stops included stints at Ohio State, Notre Dame, Colorado State, Colorado, Washington, Utah and Florida. He owns national championship rings as a member of the 1988 Notre Dame staff and the 2007 and 2009 Florida staffs.

-- Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.redd@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.


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