But does he deserve an all-conference honor after his team went 6-10? I'm not sure, but his time might be next year.
OK, who thought I was out of my mind when I slotted Marshall eighth of 11 teams in Conference USA just before the league season, in early January? Considering the Herd is seeded ninth in this week's C-USA tournament, I was my usual optimistic self.
Considering that ninth is really eighth with dark uniforms, I'm going to take credit for nailing MU's place for the second year in a row. Last year, I called for sixth and got it (albeit on a 5-6 coin flip).
This time around, I pegged No. 1 (Memphis), No. 2 (Southern Miss), No. 3 (UTEP) and No. 11 (Rice). I even pegged postseason-banned UCF's spot, after No. 3.
I was off one seed - darned close enough - on Tulsa (picked 6, got 5), Marshall (as explained) and Southern Methodist (picked 9, got 10). I was two off on Alabama-Birmingham (picked 5, got 7).
I airballed three teams. Tulane (picked 4, got 8) and East Carolina (picked 7, got 4) represented a classic misread of the league darkhorse, and I can never get Houston (picked 10, got 6) right.
Next January, I sift through 16 teams, without gimme Memphis to pick No. 1. I'm already developing a headache.
So, it's Tulane in an 8-vs.-9 game, the late show Wednesday at Tulsa's BOK Center. This is déjà vu, and it's not good.
The teams locked up in that situation in 2006 and 2008, with the Green Wave winning both contests, and neither artistically. I remember some bad, bad basketball.
Let's put it this way: Marshall has not scored against Tulane in the last 6 minutes, 46 seconds of C-USA tournament basketball.
Tirrell Baines hit a jumper with that amount of time left, and the Herd proceeded to blow a 47-37 lead in the most painful way possible.
Tulane scored the final 11 points of the game in a slow but sure run. The Wave went 4 of 5 from the floor, including a 3-pointer. The Herd missed its final nine shots, committed a turnover and wasted a steal by Jesse Oglesby (really) along the way. Donovan Stith blocked three of those misses, including Markel Humphrey's attempt before the buzzer.
In the 2006 game, Marshall's first as a C-USA member, the Herd shot 20.7 percent in the second half and still stayed alive into the final minute. That score was not as ugly, 64-58.
Marshall has been bounced by Memphis twice, Rice, Tulsa and Texas-El Paso, but the two setbacks against Tulane rank as the ugliest in the Herd's C-USA era. For the neurotic MU fans' sake, let this history not repeat.
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130 or dougsm...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/dougsmock.