Marshall's lack of a power-conference team was caused by the moving of the home game with Louisville to 2016. That became necessary when Notre Dame entered the Atlantic Coast Conference in all other sports, but agreed to schedule a number of ACC teams in football. When Louisville drew the Irish for this year, it had to move one game, and that was the MU game. FCS opponent Rhode Island filled the vacancy in MU's home slate on short notice.
The Herd and Cardinals are now scheduled to play Sept. 24, 2016 in Huntington. The buyout is $500,000.
With television arrangements pending, no times were set in the schedule released Monday. Also, some games can be shifted to Thursday for television purposes.
The records back up one of Hamrick's points: The better teams, at least by the 2013 measuring stick, play in Huntington. And remember, the Herd has won eight consecutive home games, dating back to October 2012.
Ohio, Rice and Middle Tennessee played in bowls, while Florida Atlantic and Western Kentucky, the latter in the Sun Belt, were eligible. Those teams were a combined 39-25.
The road teams suffered in 2013, some badly - Miami will carry a 16-game losing streak into the season opener. FIU and Southern Miss both went 1-11, while Alabama-Birmingham went 2-10 (with a coach-firing 62-27 loss to Southern Miss) and Akron 5-7.
Old Dominion went 8-4 as a reclassifying FBS team, but faced seven FCS foes along the way. Rhode Island, a 66-14 loser to Old Dominion, went 3-9.
Herd picks up two late football recruits
Marshall picked up two late football recruits to possibly finish out its 2014 class: offensive linemen Nathaniel Devers of Massillon, Ohio, and Fedrice Binot of Lakeland, Fla.
Multiple recruiting-oriented sites reported the commitments. Listed at 6-foot-3, 251 pounds, Devers was reportedly offered by Cincinnati and several Mid-American Conference schools; the 6-4, 245 Binot had no other activity reported.
National signing day begins at 7 a.m. Wednesday.
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