MU adjusts helmet
The Herd is altering its helmets slightly, turning the "M" into a American-flag look. The "75," honoring the number of those who perished in the 1970 Marshall plane crash, will remain on the left side.
The green stripes that run from front to back will be replaced by red and white stripes. At the front center of the helmet, which usually reads "HERD," will show a tribute to the five U.S. military branches - Navy, Marines, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard.
Always ready for action
Thirty minutes before the bowl luncheon Thursday, 90-year-old Hershel "Woody" Williams was informed he'd be the guest speaker. That was no problem for Williams, the Huntington-area resident who is the only surviving Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima.
He simply went up in his full army garb and acted like himself, picking Marshall by six points, throwing a few stories and a slightly risqué joke.
MU coach Doc Holliday even had a quip, pointing to Williams' age (by the way, Williams doesn't look a day over 80).
"I promise you if he were a football coach, he wouldn't be here right now," Holliday joked.
And finally, Edsall pondered what would happen if he coached a basketball team in a game officiated by brother Duke Edsall. Duke Edsall has called a number of games at Marshall, and is generally well liked by fans at Cam Henderson Center.
Randy Edsall figures it wouldn't go well for him.
"I would get thrown out if I was the coach and he's the official," he said. "I would end up being all over him, I'm sure. Luckily, he's a basketball official."
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