"Absolutely," Legg said. "He's getting exposed to the things that he's going to be asked to learn when he comes here for good, so that will accelerate his timetable."
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FORMER HERD quarterback Eddie Sullivan, on the other hand, spent his spring in Cullowhee, N.C.
Sullivan transferred to Western Carolina after spending two seasons at Marshall. He played as a true freshman in 2010 and redshirted last season before leaving the program with two games left of the regular season.
He is immediately eligible because he transferred down a level to the Football Championship Subdivision and the Southern Conference. He is also the Catamounts' new starting quarterback.
Sullivan and three other QBs split snaps in WCU's spring game last Saturday, but Sullivan received the most reps and completed 17-of-27 passes for 207 yards. He also rushed 13 times for 54 yards and completed all but one of his final 12 throws, with the one incompletion coming on a throwaway.
If Sullivan hangs onto the gig through fall camp, he'll start against his former teammates Sept. 8 when Western Carolina plays at Marshall in the Herd's home opener.
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FIRST, I found myself tickled at the thought of 6-foot-10 Tulsa Coach Danny Manning standing next to Marshall Coach Tom Herrion at the Henderson Center in the upcoming basketball season.
Now it appears Manning's college coach, Larry Brown, will oppose Herrion, too.
Reports have swirled that Brown, 71, plans to return to the college game at Southern Methodist. He lasted coached in college in 1988 when he led Kansas to a national championship with Manning as his star player.
Marshall played at Tulsa and SMU last season, so those schools will visit Huntington this year.
The Kansas flavor in Conference USA doesn't stop with Manning and Brown.
Multiple media outlets reported Wednesday that Illinois State Coach Tim Jankovich, a former Jayhawks assistant, was expected to join Brown at SMU and be a coach-in waiting.
In March, former Kansas point guard and assistant coach Jerod Haase left Roy Williams' North Carolina staff to become the head coach at UAB, where he will replace 2010-11 C-USA Coach of the Year Mike Davis.
Contact sportswriter Chuck McGill at chuck.mcg...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.