Because of this: Of the five other four-year recruits under Herrion, three fell by the wayside early - Justin Coleman didn't make it to February, Kelvin Amayo was the midyear "prop" who left almost as soon and he arrived, and does anybody remember Dante Holmes?
Johnny Thomas was the graduate transfer who had two years left and only played one. As successful as the 2011-12 season was, his leadership was missed.
Kane was the last Donnie Jones recruit standing and he is taking his MU degree to Pittsburgh, Southern California, St. Mary's or wherever. (OK, I must say it: How did Kane get a Marshall degree in four years? Is the student-athlete support program THAT good?)
A lot of Herd fans consider Kane's departure a case of addition by subtraction. They likely will be reminded of that come next March.
If you want to tell me who fills that void, feel free.
As you probably know, Pittman is the lone returning starter and this may be the only time I put his name and the phrase "team leader" in the same sentence. TyQuane Goard and Yous Mbao, who have yet to average double-digit minutes in a college season, are also back.
Herrion's returning four-year recruits are Jamir Hanner, DeVince Boykins and Tamron Manning - three likeable role players. JP Kambola's minutes for the season (38) barely exceeded Kane's average per game (37.1), so he's a warm body.
This doesn't seem to be a great way to build a program, but what do I know? Maybe I need to be re-educated on the harsh realities of mid-major basketball; I don't know.
But I just hope the 2013-14 Herd doesn't become the C-USA equivalent of the Charlotte Bobcats.
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