Scarver pointed to the loss of Kane.
"DeAndre is our main ball handler," said the junior. "That kind of hurt us. DeAndre would have helped us."
Herrion bristled at the suggestion.
"We've got enough," said the Marshall coach. "The guys who dress, we've got to get them ready. I have to do a better job, clearly. We need to play better in a lot of areas. But you're supposed to play hard. And we didn't play very smart. We didn't play strong with the ball. We didn't play well enough to beat a really good team."
Indefinitely, though, MU is handicapped.
"They've just got to weather the storm," Cronin said. "If they had Canty and Kane, they'd be a serious team. Even without them, though, they can still gather themselves and be a good team. It will just take a while without Kane."
Cronin knows he has a winning hand with his team.
"If we stay healthy, we have a chance to have a special season," he said. "I'm not going to let us get distracted."
By that, of course, he means the "orderly evolution" announced on Saturday by the Big East Catholic basketball schools that are breaking away from UC's conference.
Cronin was candid about the news.
"I don't blame [the departing schools]," he said. "My take is football is the one sport that's dictated all of this. We're here in a state [of West Virginia] where the closest [Big 12 conference game] is 800 miles away. It's ridiculous."
"I've thought about this. If all this is about money and money grabbing, the players should get paid."
Indeed, it's a different time in college sports. It's an unexpected scenario for Marshall. It's time for all to adjust.
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