With Marshall at 13 scholarship players already (including Kareem Canty, ineligible but allowed to remain on scholarship), Amayo would have had to pay his own way for the upcoming semester, which begins next week. Herrion said he would have received a scholarship next season.
"There was never any promise he would get an academic scholarship this year, period," Herrion said. "He would have gotten one next year. You can't give something you don't have."
As Marshall prepares for its Conference USA opener Wednesday against Tulsa, Herrion is back to three options at point guard: DeAndre Kane, whose strong hand is still on the mend from a broken bone suffered four weeks ago, freshman Tamron Manning and sophomore Chris Martin.
Martin, with 24 turnovers but just 16 assists, has been so ineffective that Manning has started the last three games; Manning is 1 of 10 shooting.
Tipoff time Wednesday is 7 p.m. at Cam Henderson Center.
Reach Doug Smock at dougsm...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5130.