And speaking of spirits, Herrion woke up the ghost of Ron Jirsa, the last MU coach to defeat WVU in 2006.
The splashy news in regard to college athletics and television is the 20-year, $300-million deal Texas signed with ESPN.
Here's a little scoop, though, for Big East fans: the league office and ESPN are beginning to negotiate a new contract. Yes, even though three years remain on the current football and basketball contracts.
Back in 2006, deals were reached with ESPN and ABC for football that runs through 2013. The hoops deal, which includes CBS, runs through the 2012-13 season. The problem with the deals is they've been blown out of the water by those struck by other conferences, including the ACC.
Anyway, it's a good sign for the Big East that ESPN is interested in talking this early about a new deal. Hmm. Wonder if Big East commish John Marinatto and company can convince the network to tear up the current pact.
As I watched the WVU women crush Marshall, I couldn't help but be impressed by the job of Mountaineer coach Mike Carey. (I always wonder, too, how quickly his program could have been at this point had state stars like Alexis Hornbuckle and Renee Montgomery chosen to stay home.)
On the flip side, I can't help but wonder what the heck went wrong with the Thundering Herd program. MU entered the game 5-11 with losses to teams like Appalachian State, Longwood, USC Upstate, North Carolina A&T and Morehead State.
This team has been hit hard by injuries. But Marshall coach Royce Chadwick entered the game with a nine-year record of 141-145. Remember when he moved to MU from Stephen F. Austin, hailed as the program's savior?
Nine-plus years later, his winning percentage entering the game was 49.3 percent. Not good.
And finally . . .
WVU's Carey and his team were in Kanawha City at a restaurant when the coach heard two men arguing over the Mountaineer women's upcoming game with Connecticut.
Carey said the two men disagreed about the outcome and made a $20 wager.
All of a sudden, one of the men recognized Carey. He approached the coach and asked if he'd agree to a picture.
Carey said yes. But somewhat begrudgingly.
See, the man who asked was the one who'd just bet against the Mountaineers.