Tulane's baseball coach called Marshall "a renegade bunch" that doesn't belong in Conference USA after his team spent a "stressful" weekend in Charleston earlier this month.
Rick Jones received a reprimand from league commissioner Britton Banowsky Tuesday for "disparaging public comments" made during a live-audience radio show in New Orleans.
The league press release did not detail the target of the comments, but Jones launched a diatribe against Marshall, its baseball program and baseball coach Jeff Waggoner. The Gazette was provided with a recording of the radio show, which aired May 16 on WIST radio, live from a New Orleans bar.
Jones was livid over the handling of the three-game series May 13-15, and rescheduling arrangements based on weather forecasts. He felt his Green Wave was treated unfairly when a single game on Friday the 13th was changed to a doubleheader.
"That's not an unrealistic expectation [of fair treatment] to have from the other team," Jones said. "It is an unrealistic expectation to have from a renegade bunch that does the things that they do, and I'm saying that without any reservation whatever. I've dealt with them too much. Something needs to be done.
"What do they bring to our league? What do they bring to our league? And I'm talking about across the board. Things need to be cleaned up up there."
The Green Wave flew to Charleston on Thursday the 12th, preparing to play three day games at Appalachian Power Park. As has happened throughout the spring, the Kanawha Valley faced a rainy weather forecast.
College baseball games are often moved around on short notice to accommodate weather, particularly when conference play is involved. Somewhat miraculously, the Herd has had only one C-USA game canceled in six seasons.
Jones said his team had just landed in Charleston that Thursday when it was greeted with the announcement that a 2 p.m. game had been moved to 10 a.m. He said that when the team arrived at the ballpark for the early game, he was told there was the chance that the teams would play a doubleheader to avoid bad weather predicted for Saturday.
Jones said there was discussion at home plate and he pressed for a decision
"I said I wanted two on Sunday morning," Jones said. "What was said to me was, 'The pro club [the West Virginia Power] is afraid that if we get a lot of rain on Saturday, the outfield will be too soft, and they won't let us play two on Sunday morning.
"We're getting ready to leave and the assistant whatever he is, AD, came in said, 'We're going to have to play, and it's this and this and this, and you've got 30 minutes.'"