Hamrick also called the MetroNews source's claims false.
"The relationship has been very profitable for Marshall and very profitable for IMG, and it has been for a long time," Hamrick said.
Hamrick said Marshall and IMG renegotiated their contract about three years ago, which netted Marshall about $700,000 more per year. Marshall used that money for new scoreboards, video boards and other improvements at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. He added that, in the last three years, Marshall's client base has expanded 20 to 30 percent.
"For someone to infer that Marshall's relationship needs to be subsidized by some other property is totally wrong, false and inaccurate," Hamrick added. "I'm very disappointed it was presented that way. All they had to do was pick the phone up and call me."
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HERD COACH Tom Herrion has gone up against some very successful coaches during his Marshall tenure - including Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, Louisville's Rick Pitino, Kentucky's John Calipari and West Virginia's Bob Huggins.
He'll face another at 7 p.m. Wednesday when Marshall hosts Southern Methodist and Coach Larry Brown, who replaced Matt Doherty before this season.
Brown, inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002, coached Kansas to the 1988 NCAA title and led the Detroit Pistons to the 2004 NBA title. Herrion said that what the 72-year-old Brown means to the sport goes beyond any trophy case.
"The sustained level of success throughout his career is remarkable," Herrion said. "It's unmatched. Very few have ever done it at both levels. The biggest thing is he's a great teacher. That's one thing, not just the longevity of his career, but he's a great teacher of the game. That's what I think I respect the most about him and what he's done for the game.
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.