MARSHALL WILL have a new local television station to call home. According to a source close to the negotiations, WCHS Channel 8, the local ABC affiliate, outbid WSAZ Channel 3, the local NBC affiliate, for the rights to broadcast football and men's basketball games not picked up in the Conference USA television package, as well as the football and men's basketball coaches' shows.
The source added that WCHS "significantly" outbid WSAZ for the rights. WSAZ had those rights, uninterrupted, since 1996. Mark Martin, the color analyst for Marshall football games and sports director at WCHS and WVAH, will host the coaches' shows. Keith Morehouse, sports director at WSAZ, had hosted the coaches' shows for that station.
A formal announcement should come this week.
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HERD FRESHMAN Tyler Williams and redshirt freshman Austin Dumas have been battling for the starting punting job since camp began. Both have had their struggles, but Williams put on a nice display at Tuesday's practice, and Holliday noticed.
"I thought he was tremendous (Monday) and it carried over into (Tuesday), and that's a positive," he said.
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.