One of Hamrick's goals since arriving at Marshall in 2009 was to increase the Big Green donor base, and Marshall has used methods like Big Green-only ticket sales and opening preseason scrimmages only to Big Green members. When Hamrick took the job, he said there were about 1,600 Big Green members, and that number has more than doubled since then.
With that effectiveness, Hamrick said the policy will continue.
"I've done it everywhere I've ever been," said Hamrick, the former UNLV and East Carolina AD, "and we're going to keep doing it."
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THE HERD practiced under the Joan C. Edwards Stadium lights Thursday ... because the sun had not yet peeked over the horizon.
Marshall's morning practice began at 6 a.m. to account for freshman orientation that happened later that morning, but Head Coach Doc Holliday said early morning does the team some good.
"They need it," he said. "What I told them (Thursday) morning was good teams, no matter what time or where you go, you show up and you go to work. That's what we do, no matter what time it is."
That meant a 4:45 a.m. wake-up call for the players, and offensive lineman John Bruhin was feeling lucky that he's normally an early riser.
"A cup of coffee, I'm ready to go," he said. "The ones in the afternoons are what get me more tired. A lot of people were dragging this morning, but we got out here, got some juice and kept rolling, just fighting right through it."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.