CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Marshall Athletic Director Mike Hamrick made his Twitter debut Sept. 26 (@TheHerdAD). A total of 186 tweets have been sent from his account.
Tweet No. 184 made a little noise Monday evening.
"At this moment, we are not living up to our reputation as a traveling fan base," a portion of the tweet read.
Marshall received 7,500 tickets for the Military Bowl against Maryland, which will be held Dec. 27 at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.
MU ticket sales, Hamrick admitted, have been slower than anticipated. He took to Twitter to rattle the cage of the Thundering Herd's fan base.
We talked Tuesday afternoon about the motivational strategy. He stuck by it.
"We have a reputation that we travel," said the fifth-year Herd AD. "Once you lose that, it's hard to get it back. We don't want to lose that with this Military Bowl.
"We've done well, but we're not where we need to be. We've still got a ways to go this week and next week. I'm convinced our fans will continue to step it up and we'll maintain our reputation."
How well a fan base travels can leave a lasting impact, Hamrick said. Bowl directors talk to one another, and if the Herd is bowl eligible next season, interested bowls will contact Military Bowl officials for insight.
Marshall's reputation for having a fervent fan base didn't hurt when Conference USA agreed to bowl partnerships with the Boca Raton Bowl and Miami Beach Bowl.
Hamrick understands how his tweet can be perceived. His intention, however, is to protect what those before him have worked to build.
"The whole point of the correspondence was to just to point out that this is something great that we've done in the past, and now we're playing in probably the best bowl game that we've ever played.
"We have a great reputation. There are so many pluses about this bowl game. Let's not ruin that reputation."
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THE HEISMAN Memorial Trophy was presented Saturday night, while the local sports media contingent covered the Capital Classic at the Charleston Civic Center.
Per the Heisman Trust's request, my ballot was kept confidential until Florida State freshman quarterback Jameis Winston took the stage to hoist the 25-pound Heisman hardware.
Now that I'm in the clear, here is how my three-man ballot shook out: 1. Winston; 2. Tre Mason, running back, Auburn; 3. Johnny Manziel, quarterback, Texas A&M.
Winston is the youngest to ever take home the Heisman, and he won by the seventh-largest margin. Even though Winston was left off 115 ballots, I had plenty of nationwide company in putting him in the top spot.