* Marshall could be headed to the national polls for the first time in a decade. The Herd garnered 13 votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll this week, but did not receive a vote in the Associated Press Top 25.
The last time MU cracked the AP's national rankings was Jan. 4, 2003, after the Herd beat Louisville in the GMAC Bowl and finished No. 24.
There are 18 Football Bowl Subdivision teams with 10 wins headed into championship weekend. All are ranked.
* Holliday could be part of his fifth-ever 10-win season. The veteran coach, who was an assistant at West Virginia, N.C. State and Florida, has been on the sidelines for four seasons of double-digit wins: WVU in 1998 (11-1); WVU in 1993 (11-1); N.C. State in 2002 (11-3) and Florida in 2006 (13-1).
* And, lastly, Marshall could be on the verge of the perfect storm.
In July 2010, before Holliday ever coached a game at Marshall, Athletic Director Mike Hamrick outlined his vision to me. What is transpiring now is awfully close to what he told me in the Shewey Building that summer day.
Obviously, Hamrick knew he had a large fundraising job ahead of him. He knew his two primary revenue-producing programs needed to win. He knew facility upgrades were a necessity.
The trick is getting it to come together all at once. A championship team without championship facilities wouldn't suffice, nor would the shiniest of bells and whistles paired with the insipidness of losing seasons.
"Everything we are doing right now we are doing with the assumption that we are going to be successful on the field and on the court," Hamrick said to me that day more than three years ago. "We don't want to be in a situation where we win first and then are caught without this stuff."
The "stuff," as he put it, wasn't around then but is now. The addition of scoreboards and suites and, soon, the state-of-the-art indoor practice facility that is rising above Edwards Stadium, is right on schedule as the football program goes for its first C-USA championship.
This is what Hamrick thought could be.
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