HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Derrick Thomas sat down in class Monday morning and a classmate noticed he was wearing Marshall football gear. She asked him if he was on the team and the redshirt senior corner said, 'yes.'
With that acknowledgement, Thomas' classmate had one request: If there was a game the Thundering Herd loses this year, she begged him for it not to be Miami (Ohio).
"I was like, I didn't know it was that big of a rivalry," he said.
He's learning, as is the rest of the Thundering Herd.
While Marshall and Miami haven't played since 2004, the rivalry between the Herd and RedHawks stretches back to 1905. That could give the teams' season opener at 7 p.m. Saturday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium (CBS Sports Network) even more energy than what normally comes with season debuts.
The Herd and RedHawks have a long history. The 41 games they've played against each other make Miami one of Marshall's most familiar opponents. Among the events that have sparked this rivalry: