HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- John Youboty thinks Doc Holliday and Chuck Heater will make a great match on the Marshall football sideline.
"I think Coach Holliday is going to love him," he said. "He's an intense guy, like Coach Holliday. He expects the best out of all his players and he demands the best out of all his players. I think it'll be a perfect, natural jelling of two coaching styles."
According to sources close to the search, Heater, the former Temple defensive coordinator, is expected to be named Marshall's defensive coordinator in the coming days. Holliday worked with Heater on Urban Meyer's University of Florida staff from 2005-07. Heater would replace Chris Rippon, who resigned the day after Marshall's season-ending, double-overtime loss to East Carolina.
Youboty has the unique experience of playing for both Holliday and Heater. The defensive end was on Marshall's 2010 team, then was medically disqualified because of a narrowing of his spinal column. Temple would qualify him and he joined the Owls in 2011, starting 18 of 24 games in two seasons, including all 11 this season.
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. 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.
Youboty said he played a 4-3 defense at Temple like the one he played in at Marshall, both based on the 4-3 that Charlie Strong ran when he was Florida's defensive coordinator. He felt that, under Heater, he always was well prepared for each game.
Heater's arrival at Marshall would be another stop in a long, successful career. 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.