www.charlestondailymail.com Marshall Sports http://www.charlestondailymail.com Daily Mail feed en-us Copyright 2015, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Marshall football lands pair of offensive linemen commits http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150629/DM03/150629108 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150629/DM03/150629108 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:51:52 -0400

FROM STAFF REPORTS

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Marshall football team picked up verbal commitments Monday from a pair of offensive linemen. The first came from Lowndes (Ga.) High lineman Tarik Adams and the second came from Madison Central (Ky.) High's Will Ulmer.

The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Adams is rated two stars by Rivals and 247Sports. He held offers from several Conference USA schools, Army, Navy, Air Force and Cincinnati. Ulmer, at 6-5 and 285 pounds, is rated two stars by Rivals and Scout. Marshall now has 11 verbal commitments, including seven in the last four days.

Verbal commitments are non-binding. Football players can sign their letters of intent starting Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016.

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Marshall's academic center boosts quantity, quality of service http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150629/DM03/150639987 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150629/DM03/150639987 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:33:12 -0400 By Derek Redd HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - When Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick first returned to the university in that job, the former Thundering Herd linebacker asked where student-athletes went for tutoring, computer labs and academic advising. He didn't like what he saw.

"I can remember walking into this little room in the Shewey Building and there were 12 computers and five of them were broken," he said, "and there were 20 kids sitting, waiting to get onto a computer."

The days of cramped rooms and broken computers are gone. Marshall student-athletes now can take advantage of the wide-open spaces of the Buck Harless Student-Athlete Academic Center, a 14,000-square-foot area on second floor of the Chris Cline Athletic Complex.

The center, which opened earlier this month, traded the outdated facilities of old for the room and technology that could appropriately serve the university's nearly 400 student-athletes. Tara Helton, the athletic program's director of academic counseling, said the anticipation to open the facility grew by the day, but nothing matched watching the student-athletes actually using it.

"You realized - obviously the space, the technology - you knew it was going to be much better than anything we have at Marshall," she said. "But when you walked in and saw student-athletes using it, it sort of took your breath away a little bit to know it's finally come to fruition. To have something on this grand of scale, I'd put this academic center against any in the nation."

Before the Harless Center opened, Marshall student-athletes had a room at the Shewey Building and another at Gullickson Hall. Shewey's room had eight computers. Gullickson's area had 17 computers, two cubicles and a five-person classroom.

The Harless Center more than quadrupled the number of available computers. The main computer lab has 64 touch-screen computers. A separate "quiet" lab has 34 more. The center has four tutorial rooms that can house two to four students, plus four group rooms for four to six students, a 25-seat classroom and a 75-seat auditorium, all equipped with computers. It also includes a recruiting lounge where coaches from all sports can meet with recruits in a room that has both the Harless Center and the indoor practice facility and track in full view.

The new technology was first and foremost on Helton's wish list for the new center, along with the room to allow student-athletes to study comfortably. A welcoming space can make a big difference in a student's desire to study, she said.

"It's crucial," she said. "It's critical. You have a convenient location for our student-athletes, ample technology, ample space for group meetings, one-on-one tutoring, quiet places to sit down and study. I think it makes all the difference for our student-athletes to succeed."

The Harless Center is part of the fruits of Marshall's Vision Campaign, which includes an indoor practice facility and track, an athletic hall of fame, the new soccer stadium and the soon-to-open Marshall Sports Medicine Institute.

"Every one of these facilities, our goal was to make sure it was the best that you could build, and we've done that," Hamrick said. "The academic facility is up there with the rest of them. It's absolutely amazing. Really, we're going from having nothing to having probably one of the best in the country. This thing matches up with anything I've ever seen and anywhere I've ever been."

Marshall athletics has done well in the academic arena. The latest multi-year academic progress rates for football, men's basketball, men's golf and both indoor and outdoor track and field were the highest in the 10 years the NCAA has used the APR and tennis and women's cross country matched their 10-year highs.

Helton said the Harless Center will be perfect in helping those numbers to continue climbing.

"I can actually say we got everything we asked for," she said.

Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.redd@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.charlestondailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.

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Ex-Marshall baseball standout promoted by Nationals http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150628/DM03/150629197 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150628/DM03/150629197 Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:43:50 -0400

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Former Marshall University baseball standout Isaac Ballou, a prospect in the Washington Nationals minor league system, was promoted to the double-A Harrisburg Senators on Sunday.

Ballou, an outfielder, batted .249 with three home runs, 25 runs batted in and 11 stolen bases in 70 games with the high-A Potomac Nationals this season. While at Marshall, Ballou was a 2013 All-Conference USA first team selection and owns school records for triples in a career, triples in a season, walks in a career and walks in a season. He also is second all-time in school history with 64 stolen bases in addition to being fourth all-time at MU in hits (211), at-bats (722) and runs scored (144).

Harrisburg is 33-41 this season and is nine games back of Eastern League division leader Altoona.

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Herd gets two more football commitments http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150628/DM03/150629198 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150628/DM03/150629198 Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:41:00 -0400

FROM STAFF REPORTS

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Marshall's football team picked up a pair of verbal commitments over the weekend, including one from one of Kentucky's top players.

Running back Quinton Baker of Paul Blazer High in Ashland, Ky., hinted on Twitter on Saturday night that he would pledge to the Thundering Herd. He eliminated the mystery on the social media site Sunday morning, reaffirming his verbal commitment.

Baker, at 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, is a three-star prospect according to Rivals, 247Sports, ESPN and Scout. Rivals and 247Sports both list him as the fifth-best prospect in Kentucky. He's the 15th overall all-purpose back in 247Sports' eyes and 17th overall according to Rivals.

Baker's commitment was preceded Saturday by a verbal commitment from Point Pleasant star Cody Mitchell. The 6-2, 220-pound Mitchell is the younger brother of former Marshall football player Derek Mitchell and son of former WVU football player Darrell Mitchell. He played running back and safety last season for Point Pleasant, but is listed on the Rivals recruiting charts as a tight end and Scout's as a linebacker.

He's rated three stars by Scout and two stars by Rivals, which ranks him the No. 4 overall prospect in West Virginia. Verbal commitments are non-binding. Football players can sign letters of intent beginning Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016.

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Marshall gets verbal commitments from pair of S.C. corners http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150625/DM03/150629335 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150625/DM03/150629335 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 23:07:01 -0400

FROM STAFF REPORTS

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Marshall picked up verbal commitments Thursday from a pair of defensive backs from the same high school. Hilton Head Island (S.C.) High School corners Jestin Morrow and Jeremiah Maddox both announced on their Twitter feeds that they had pledged to the Thundering Herd.

Morrow is a 5-foot-10, 160-pound two-star prospect according to Rivals.com, and had offers from Charlotte, Purdue and Toledo, among others. The 6-foot, 180-pound Maddox also is a Rivals two-star athlete with offers from Purdue, Toledo, Charlotte and Ohio, among others.

Verbal commitments are non-binding. Football players can sign their letters of intent beginning Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.

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Chuck McGill: Marshall's schedule draws ire, but plan is solid http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150625/DM03/150629344 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150625/DM03/150629344 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:03:52 -0400 If the announcement of the Marshall-Appalachian State football series could've been reviewed on Rotten Tomatoes, it certainly would've received a rotten rating.

The reviews rolled in after the two-game series - to be played in 2021 and 2022 - was unveiled Wednesday afternoon in a joint release by the schools. Thundering Herd fans offered these responses on the social media website Twitter: Terrible. Boring. Extremely underwhelmed. Horrible.

"I feel dumb for expecting anything more than it was," tweeted another dissatisfied fan.

The sweeping negative reviews had me mulling one question - why the disappointment? The Marshall football program is obviously thriving, with its 23 wins the past two seasons, two conference championship game appearances, one conference championship, two bowl wins and two double-digit win seasons. The Herd appeared in the top 25 poll for the first time since cameras were added to cell phones (2002).

But, of course, last year's uninspiring non-conference schedule, which was written about ad nauseum as Marshall made a push to be the Group of Five representative in one of college football's six top-tier bowl games, is still fresh.

Understood, but every series announcement isn't going to be a Power Five program. Five of the 13 scheduled non-conference games over the next four seasons are Power Five schools, three of which (Purdue in 2015, Louisville in 2016 and North Carolina State in 2018) are coming to Huntington to play. That's a tough scheduling maneuver to pull in today's college football, especially as the Power Five/Group of Five split continues to widen and present new sets of challenges to athletic directors.

Shoot, even Atlantic Coast Conference members - obviously a target of Marshall AD Mike Hamrick in scheduling with the home-and-home deals signed with Pitt and N.C. State - are eschewing traditional scheduling practices and locking horns with each other.

UNC and Wake Forest, longtime ACC opponents, negotiated a two-game contract in January to play in 2019 and 2021, when they don't play each other in conference play. Those are programs that seem to fall within Hamrick's geographical target area - in-state, bordering states and states that border bordering states.

Appalachian State, FBS newcomers who take a six-game win streak into the 2015 season, is located in Boone, N.C., and falls into that category. The same goes for other series signed by Marshall within the last few years. The Herd has played or will play non-conference games against teams from bordering states Pennsylvania (Pitt), Ohio (Akron, Bowling Green, Kent State, Miami, Ohio and Ohio State), Virginia (Virginia Tech), Kentucky (Louisville) and Maryland (Navy).

That is imperative because of Conference USA's large geographical footprint. Typically the final eight games of the season are Conference USA games, perhaps against teams as far away as Florida, Texas and Mississippi. The goal is to have four fan-friendly non-conference games, either at home or nearby.

Wednesday's collective ire also seemed stoked slightly by a separate college football schedule announcement: Toledo's home and home contract with Brigham Young. How are the Rockets able to lock down a contract with a program perceived as a premium opponent while the Herd lands a deal with the lesser of the Mountaineers?

Well, Toledo plays in the Mid-American Conference, the Herd's old league, and not only has seven games at home, but three other games in the state of Ohio or bordering states. That's 10 games for Rockets fans to watch their team at home or close by, so it's easier to stomach a long non-conference trip.

That said, the schedule-makers in Huntington are looking past the Mississippi River and outside the Mid-American and Sun Belt conferences for future opponents. Don't be surprised if one of the better programs in the Mountain West or teams from the American Athletic Conference appear in future schedules.

There is great incentive for Marshall - and Conference USA - to play and defeat the top teams from the Mountain West and American, the other top Group of Five leagues. There is a $60 million pot distributed equally between those three leagues, the MAC and the Sun Belt ($12 million per conference), but also another $15 million that is divvied up based on conference rankings (determined by computer ratings).

Last season, the first of the new College Football Playoff format, the Mountain West finished first overall, followed by Conference USA and the American. That gave C-USA about $1.2 million more than the AAC based on those computer rankings.

If Marshall can help elevate the league, more money will go into the C-USA coffers and be redistributed to the Herd.

So, yes, the Power Five announcements probably generate more excitement. There is more thrill in entertaining the thoughts of knocking off a Power Five program than a MAC or Sun Belt school.

But there's certainly room on the schedule each year for both, whether there are rave reviews or rotten.

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Marshall, Appalachian State announce 2-game football series http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150624/DM03/150629527 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150624/DM03/150629527 Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:34:31 -0400 By Derek Redd HUNTINGTON - Marshall's football team will renew an old rivalry from its days in the Southern Conference in 2021 and 2022.

The university announced Wednesday that the Thundering Herd will visit Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., on Sept. 25, 2021, and the Mountaineers will visit Joan C. Edwards Stadium on Sept. 17, 2022.

"It is great to get Appalachian State back onto our schedule and with that, we can give our fans another drivable road game," Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick said in a university release. "Appalachian has a wonderful tradition and is already one of the top teams in the Sun Belt Conference."

The Herd and Mountaineers faced off 22 times from 1977-2002, most of those coming when the two teams resided in Division I-AA, now the Football Championship Subdivision. ASU leads the series, 14-8.

"The Appalachian-Marshall rivalry still holds a special place in the hearts of Mountaineer fans," ASU athletic director Doug Gillin said.

Marshall made the jump to the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1997, and Appalachian State finally followed suit last season, but not before winning three straight FCS national titles in 2005-07. The Mountaineers are considered the Sun Belt favorites by Sporting News, Lindy's and ESPN. ASU went 7-5 overall and 6-2 in the conference in it inaugural season.

Marshall now has three non-conference games set for the 2021 season - at Navy on Sept. 4, home versus East Carolina on Sept. 11 and the ASU game. The 2022 home game with the Mountaineers joins a home game with Navy on that season's schedule.

Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.redd@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.charlestondailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.

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Marshall dismisses DE Jerome Dews http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150622/DM03/150629723 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150622/DM03/150629723 Mon, 22 Jun 2015 23:09:44 -0400 Marshall football

FROM STAFF REPORTS

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall defensive end Jerome Dews' tenure with the Thundering Herd lasted less than a year. The university confirmed Monday that Dews had been dismissed from Herd for team rules violations.

The former University of Tennessee verbal commitment was a three-star linebacker prospect out of Potomac High School in Oxon Hill, Md. The 6-foot-4, 201-pounder practiced at safety and linebacker before settling in at end. He played in six games last season and recorded two tackles.

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Hoover's Grose to walk on to Marshall men's hoops http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150622/DM03/150629725 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150622/DM03/150629725 Mon, 22 Jun 2015 23:04:44 -0400 Marshall men's basketball

FROM STAFF REPORTS

CHARLESTON, W.Va.- Herbert Hoover High boys basketball player Brad Grose will join the Marshall men's basketball team as a preferred walk-on. The 6-foot-7 former Husky averaged 18.1 points for Hoover as a senior after transferring from Captial High. He earned honorable mention on the 2015 Class AA All-State team.

Marshall is stockpiling local talent as walk-ons. A pair of Class AA first-teamers, Poca's Noah Frampton and Spring Valley's Jacob Kilgore, the 2015 Evans Award winner as West Virginia's top boys basketball player, both will walk on to the Thundering Herd.

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Tight end verbally commits to Marshall http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150621/DM03/150629845 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150621/DM03/150629845 Sun, 21 Jun 2015 21:53:28 -0400

FROM STAFF REPORTS

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Marshall football team picked up a verbal commitment from a Florida tight end over the weekend, when Jacksonville-University Christian's Anthony Watley announced his intentions Saturday on his Twitter feed. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound tight end picked Marshall over Charlotte, Middle Tennessee and Appalachian State among others.

That pushes the Thundering Herd's list of verbal commitments for the 2016 recruiting class to four - Watley, Lithia (Fla.) Newsome High offensive lineman Sean Behrens, Lee County (Ga.) quarterback Garet Morrell and Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast defensive back Jaylon Sapp. Verbal commitments are non-binding. Student-athletes can sign letters of intent starting Feb. 3, 2016.

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Marshall men's hoops gets commitment for 2016 class http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150618/DM03/150619203 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150618/DM03/150619203 Thu, 18 Jun 2015 23:02:49 -0400

FROM STAFF REPORTS

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University men's basketball team picked up its first verbal commitment for the 2016 recruiting class Thurdsay, when 6-foot-9 forward Jannson Williams of Newnan (Ga.) High School gave his pledge.

Williams was named to the all-Coweta County team this past season after leading Newnan in rebounding, and scored 25 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in a game versus Troup High. The Cougars finished the season at 10-15, winning three of their last four.

Verbal commitments are non-binding. Basketball student-athletes can sign letters of intent starting Nov. 11 in the early period and April 13, 2016 in the regular period.

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College football early signing period proposal tabled by commissioners http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150617/DM03/150619320 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150617/DM03/150619320 Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:31:00 -0400

the associated press

A decision to create an early signing period for college football has been put on hold until the entire recruiting process gets a comprehensive review.

At a meeting Wednesday of the Collegiate Commissioners Association in Asheville, North Carolina, FBS leaders decided to table for one year a proposed a 72-hour signing period for high school prospects in mid-December that would line up with the dates junior college players can sign.

The CCA administers the national letter of intent that recruits sign to make their verbal commitments to a school binding. There has been talk about changing when football players should be allowed to sign for years. Supporters say it will allow players who have made up their minds to remove themselves from the hassles of being recruited and give college coaches the chance to concentrate on players who are truly undecided.

Research by the committee that worked on the proposal found the vast majority of players who verbally commit to a college before their senior seasons end up signing with that college.

The early signing period would have gone into effect this season and started Dec. 16. The current signing period begins the Wednesday of the first full week of February.

Mid-American Conference Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher, who led the early signing committee, said even though the majority of commissioners supported the proposal he was fine with a vote being deferred for one year. He said the commissioners want to allow the new NCAA football oversight committee to take a long, thorough look at recruiting.

"We had a subcommittee just on recruiting culture," Steinbrecher said.

The oversight committee, which is led by Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, is expected to examine an array of recruiting issues such as coaches signing more recruits than they can fit on the roster in anticipation of attrition, satellite camps, early enrollment and the influence of 7-on-7 football teams, especially those not run by high schools.

"It made sense to take a bigger look and do something from a global perspective instead of something that's just detailed," Steinbrecher said.

The Southeastern Conference was the only FBS leagues that came out publicly against the early signing proposal.

"Central to our concerns is that we often times deal with recruiting issues in isolation," SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said.

The SEC leaders object to an early signing period because they fear it could cause recruiting to intrude on the seasons of high school and college teams and force schools to make decisions on players before first semester academic information is available.

Sankey has said an early signing period would create a de facto new signing day.

"The indication is we are not alone in our concerns," he said.

Steinbrecher said he is still confident the proposal his committee put together will be put to a vote.

"I think the proposal is solid," Steinbrecher said. "If people want to have an early signing period, I think this is a fine time do to it. Frankly, I don't think there are a lot of options."

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Point Pleasant offensive lineman commits to Marshall http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150617/DM03/150619323 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150617/DM03/150619323 Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:23:07 -0400

FROM STAFF REPORTS

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Marshall picked up a verbal commitment Wednesday for the 2017 recruiting class. According to Point Pleasant football coach David Darst, Big Blacks offensive lineman Seth Stewart committed to the Thundering Herd.

Stewart, a 6-foot-8, 320-pound prospect, earned special honorable mention on the 2014 Class AAA All-State team. He helped Point Pleasant reach the Class AAA quarterfinals, where the Big Blacks lost to Martinsburg. Verbal commitments are non-binding. Stewart will be able to sign his letter of intent on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017.

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Derek Redd: Early signing period for football is the right move http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150615/DM03/150619525 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150615/DM03/150619525 Mon, 15 Jun 2015 22:51:29 -0400 By Derek Redd CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Plenty of people love National Signing Day in college football. It's darn near a holiday in some circles. Gridiron buffs across the country keep a Web browser open or a TV tuned to one of several signing day shows across a number of sports networks.

Many prospects soak in the pomp and circumstance until the second they make their announcement on that first Wednesday in February. They'll make their choices public by pulling a hat from under a table, pulling off a sweater to reveal a jersey underneath or pulling out an animal resembling their chosen team's mascot.

Yet there are others who don't wait until February to make their final decision. Incoming Marshall offensive lineman Alex Locklear was one of them. He announced in June 2014 that he would become a member of the Thundering Herd. By then, he ready for his recruiting process to cease.

"It was, like, a huge relief to be able to say I was coming home," he said in Feburary.

That verbal commitment, though, was non-binding. That's a phrase tacked on to the announcement of all verbal commitments. Until that dotted line is signed, it's not official.

That could change with a vote this week by Collegiate Commissioner's Association. That's the group that oversees the national letter of intent that recruits sign and, likely Tuesday or Wednesday, it will vote on adding an early signing period for football. If approved, high school seniors would get a three-day window in December to sign their letters.

Right now, football, men's and women's soccer and men's water polo are the only NCAA sports without early signing periods. It's a move that most of the 10 major athletic conferences back. And why not?

It's worked in other sports just fine. It allows the prospect who already knows where they want to attend school to make that choice official, and eliminate the possibility of 11th-hour recruiting pitches from other schools that only will fall on deaf ears. The process can end. The recruit can move on. Everyone's happy.

Well, not everyone is happy with this possibility. The SEC is the one vocal opponent of the move. Commissioner Greg Sankey listed to the Associated Press a number of what he considered cons to an early signing period.

He thinks it could muck up the recruiting process for college coaches preparing for conference title games and high schoolers in the middle of their playoffs. He's wary of not having another semester's worth of academic information on recruits. He's also worried December would become the new February and that three-day period in December would usurp the first Wednesday in February as National Signing Day.

Yet Sankey isn't making these arguments about basketball or volleyball or track and field or any other sport that already enjoys an early signing period. And what's wrong with allowing the recruit to have a choice? If Sankey is worried about coaches pressuring recruits to sign in December, wouldn't those coaches also allow their prized prospects the option to sign during either period? College football coaches aren't dumb. If there's a guy they really want and he has his heart set on signing in February, chances are they'll accommodate his wishes if it means they stay in the game.

It's true an extra signing period would significantly alter college football coaches' recruiting schedules. This is a group that likes to run on routine, but they can adapt just like their basketball brethren.

The real concern is one that Jon Solomon of CBSSports.com mentioned. What happens when a recruit signs in December and his head coach or coordinator, or both, are gone in January? Coordinators at major schools were leaving as late as Jan. 22.

The same issues crop up in other sports, and the NLI office grants appeals for student-athletes to be released from their letters. That comes on a case-by-case basis, but the chance remains that the office would deny the appeal. The letters mention that student-athletes are signing with schools, not coaches, but that's often hogwash. Pro-style quarterbacks don't sign with triple-option coaches. Could that problem just be a hazard that comes with that choice?

In the end, college football recruits should have that choice. The positives outweigh the negatives and most of the 10 major football conferences agree on that. That miracle alone is enough to add a December signing period.

Locklear knew Marshall was his choice long before it could become official. Others like him in the future deserve the opportunity to make it official sooner.

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Ex-Marshall player pleads not guilty to hitting gay couple http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150609/ARTICLE/150609225 ARTICLE http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150609/ARTICLE/150609225 Tue, 9 Jun 2015 13:59:20 -0400

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - A former Marshall University football player has pleaded not guilty to charges of hitting a gay couple.

Media outlets report that 23-year-old Steward Butler of Lakeland, Florida, entered the plea on Tuesday during an arraignment in Cabell County Circuit Court.

Indictments unsealed in late May charge the former Marshall running back with two felony civil rights violations and two misdemeanor battery counts.

Butler is accused of striking two men after he saw them kissing on a Huntington street on April 5.

He was dismissed from the team and is no longer a student.

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WVU's Joseph, Lambert and Marshall's Reaves on Steele's All-American team http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150601/DM03/150609891 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150601/DM03/150609891 Mon, 1 Jun 2015 21:48:09 -0400

FROM STAFF REPORTS

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia University football players Karl Joseph and Josh Lambert and Marshall football player Deandre Reaves were named to Phil Steele's preseason All-American team. The list of four teams, offense and defense, was announced Monday.

Joseph, a 5-foot-11, 197-pound senior safety, was second in tackles for the Mountaineers last season. He intercepted one pass and forced three fumbles. Lambert, a rising junior, is a two-year starter at kicker and was a Lou Groza Award finalist last season. He holds the NCAA record for most fields goals of 40-plus yards made in a single season (16), and made the most field goals (30) of anyone at the Football Bowl Subdivision level last season.

Reaves, a 5-10 rising senior for the Thundering Herd, was one of the nation's top kickoff returners last season. He averaged 29.1 yards per kick return - seventh in the FBS. He enters his final collegiate season only 111 yards behind Ray Crisp on Marshall's all-time kickoff return yardage list. His 26.9-yard career average is sixth all-time in Conference USA history.

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Conference USA announces eight of Marshall football's TV games http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150601/DM03/150609894 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150601/DM03/150609894 Mon, 1 Jun 2015 21:46:13 -0400

FROM STAFF REPORTS

IRVING, Texas - Eight of Marshall Football's television appearances were announced Monday afternoon by the Conference USA office, following FOX Sports and CBS Sports Network completing their round of selections for the 2015 football season.

CBS Sports Network (CBSSN) will air Marshall's Oct. 9 matchup with Southern Miss at 7 p.m.

The Herd will have seven dates that will air on a FOX Sports network. The first game will be Sept. 6 versus Purdue at 3 p.m. on FOX Sports 1, followed by the entire back half of the Thundering Herd's regular season schedule.

Marshall will travel to FAU on Saturday, Oct. 17 (FOX will announce the exact network and time 12 days out from kickoff), followed by a home date with North Texas the following Saturday for Homecoming at 3 p.m. on FOX College Sports.

FOX will air the next three games, at Charlotte on Oct. 31, at Middle Tennessee on Nov. 7 and home versus FIU on Nov. 14 on a network and time that it will also determine 12 days out.

Finally, Marshall's regular season finale at WKU on Nov. 27 will air on FOX Sports 1 at 12 p.m. ET (11 a.m. CT).

"We are pleased that we will have so many of our football games on television and distributed to C-USA fans throughout the country," Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky said. "We are looking forward to an exciting conference season that our fans will be able to watch play out this fall."

The 2015 C-USA Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 5 is scheduled to air on either ESPN or ESPN2. It marks the 11th straight year that the C-USA Championship will air on the ESPN Family of Networks.

Additional Conference USA football television exposures, including all selections by the American Sports Network (ASN), will be released as soon as they are finalized.

Start times for the Sept. 12 game at Ohio, the Sept. 19 game versus Norfolk State, the Sept. 26 game at Kent State and the Oct. 3 game versus Old Dominion have also not been finalized.

The 2015 Marshall football schedule (all times Eastern Standard Time):

Sept. 6 - PURDUE, 3 p.m. (FOX Sports 1)

Sept. 12 - at Ohio, TBA

Sept. 19 - NORFOLK STATE, TBA

Sept. 26 - at Kent State, TBA

Oct. 3 - OLD DOMINION, TBA

Oct. 9 - SOUTHERN MISS, 7 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

Oct. 17 - at Florida Atlantic, TBA (FOX Sports TBA)

Oct. 24 - NORTH TEXAS, 3 p.m. (FOX College Sports)

Oct. 31 - at Charlotte, TBA (FOX Sports TBA)

Nov. 7 - at Middle Tennessee, TBA (FOX Sports TBA)

Nov. 14 - FIU, TBA (FOX Sports TBA)

Nov. 27 - at Western Kentucky, 12 p.m. (FOX Sports 1)

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Ex-Marshall player indicted on charges he punched gay couple http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150530/ARTICLE/150539935 ARTICLE http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150530/ARTICLE/150539935 Sat, 30 May 2015 18:09:34 -0400

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - A former Marshall University football player has been accused of two felony civil rights violations stemming from his alleged April assault on a gay couple.

The accusations against 23-year-old Steward Butler were contained in indictments unsealed Friday by a Cabell County grand jury, according to media reports. He was also indicted on two counts of misdemeanor battery.

Butler is accused of striking two men who were returning to their hotel after an evening out in Huntington. The criminal complaint states Butler, who was passing by in a vehicle, saw the two kissing. He shouted slurs at them and then punched both in the face, according to the complaint.

West Virginia's civil rights law does not include protection for sexual orientation.

Butler originally claimed he acted in self-defense. It is not clear if he has an attorney.

A running back, he was dismissed from the team and is no longer a student.

Prosecutor Sean "Corky" Hammers said his office charged Butler with a hate crime based on sex instead of sexual orientation, because prosecutors believe Butler wouldn't have committed the crime if one of the members of the couple had been a woman.

"The case needed some serious consideration because of what he did," Hammers said.

If convicted of violating the state's civil rights law, Butler faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 on each charge.

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Former Herd QB Garvin transfers to South Alabama http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150528/DM03/150529250 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150528/DM03/150529250 Thu, 28 May 2015 18:54:10 -0400

FROM STAFF REPORTS

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Former Marshall quarterback Cole Garvin, who announced in April he had left the Thundering Herd, announced on his Twitter feed Thursday that he will transfer to the University of South Alabama.

The Jaguars, in just their second year of bowl eligiblity, reached the inagural Camellia Bowl, where they lost to Bowling Green, 33-38. The Sun Belt Conference team finished last season at 6-7.

Garvin, a three-star prospect out of Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Ga, redshirted the 2013 season and sat behind starter Rakeem Cato and backup Gunnar Holcombe in 2014. He saw very limited time in Marshall's three spring scrimmages, and saw James Madison transfer Michael Birdsong eventually win the job.

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Marshall, WVU release APR scores http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150527/DM03/150529338 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150527/DM03/150529338 Wed, 27 May 2015 22:50:17 -0400

fROM STAFF REPORTS

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Two Marshall University athletic teams and two West Virginia University athletic teams earned perfect multiyear scores in Academic Progress Rate, the universities announced Wednesday.

The Thundering Herd's tennis and outdoor track and field teams and the Mountaineers' rowing and gymnastics teams all earned perfect multiyear scores of 1,000. APR tracks academic progress for each team in an athletic program, accounting for eligiblity and retention. Each semester, scholarship student-athletes earn one point for remaining eligible and one point for staying in school or graduating. The 2013-14 rates are the latest calculated by the NCAA.

Marshall's average multi-year APR is 978, the NCAA's national multi-year average. That score is three points better than the Herd's overall average last year. WVU's combined sports teams have an APR of 974.

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