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Marshall football: Mike Furrey reportedly joining Herd staff

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- It looks like Marshall University has found another assistant football coach, one with eight seasons of NFL playing experience. 

Mike Furrey has resigned as head coach at NAIA Kentucky Christian University and reportedly is headed to Marshall. Tim Carper, sports broadcaster for WUGO Radio and KCU Sports Radio, tweeted the news this morning. KCU Athletic Director Bruce Dixon confirmed that Furrey had resigned, but could not say where he was headed.

Furrey spent his collegiate and most of his pro career at wide receiver. The Thundering Herd is looking for a wideouts coach after Gerad Parker left to become tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Purdue.

A Hilliard, Ohio native, Furrey walked on to the Ohio State football team in 1995, then transferred to Northern Iowa in 1997. He sits second in career receptions (242), third in career yards (3,544) and fifth in career touchdowns (27) in Gateway/Missouri Valley Conference history.

Furrey joined the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2000, but was waived at the end of training camp. After one season with the XFL's Las Vegas Outlaws and two seasons with the Arena Football League's New York Dragons, he returned to the NFL, where he played for the St. Louis Rams, Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns as both wide receiver and safety. He led the Rams with four interceptions in 2005, and also led the NFC with 98 catches for the Lions in 2006.

He was named the Cleveland Browns' Ed Block Courage Award winner in 2009, and was a finalist in 2010 for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for his work with the Mike Furrey Foundation, which advocates for the basic needs of all people to be met.

Furrey retired in 2010 after suffering a career-ending concussion during the Washington Redskins' training camp.

He spent two seasons at KCU, leading the Knights to a 4-7 record in 2011, then a 7-4 record in 2012, winning five of their last six games.

 -- Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at or 304-348-1712. His blog is at Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.


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