HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- As Marshall's second game of the season approaches, the Thundering Herd now knows it will not have the services of one if its intriguing recruits this winter.
Coach Tom Herrion also revealed Monday he must tend to an eligibility issue involving one of his veterans.
"Justin [Edmonds] is going to take the redshirt," Herrion said. "JP [Kambola] is dinged up, and we're also dealing with JP on an eligibility issue that we're working with the NCAA on, to resolve as quickly as possible.
"Under privacy acts and the Buckley Amendment, I can't comment any further . . . But we do have confidence it will be resolved very quickly. Out of caution, we have withheld him from competition."
With that, the Herd (1-0) will play its second game of the young season tonight, taking on Rio Grande (2-0) at Cam Henderson Center. Tip-off time is 7
Marshall is coming off its 85-69 opening victory Friday over South Carolina State, a result that was convincing yet illustrative of what the Herd needs to fix.
"This group's focus has to be on getting better, from game to game or opportunity to opportunity," Herrion said. "Offensively, I'd like to see us play at a little better pace, in terms of not shooting as quick. Our offense is way behind our defense at this point."
The offense might have shot 40.6 percent and went 7 for 30 from 3-point range, but something went right. Elijah Pittman comes to mind, as his 31-point effort was recognized by Conference USA on Monday.
Pittman was named the league's co-player of the week. The forward from Covington, Ky., shared the honor with Florida International's Rakeem Buckles, who averaged 17.7 points and 12 rebounds over the Panthers' first three games.