CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Marshall coach Doc Holliday brought 28 players to "Paint the Capital City Green" Thursday night, which might have been a record at the annual preseason pep rally of Thundering Herd fans in Charleston.
"I think that speaks volumes, because in the past three years I haven't had 28 leaders on this football team I felt I could bring here," Holliday said to the packed ballroom at Embassy Suites.
After he introduced all 28, he declared they will have one thing in common: They shall no longer have their names on the back of their jerseys.
"I haven't even told the team at this point, but I'm going to tell you guys here tonight: There won't be [any] names on those jerseys this year," Holliday said. "There will be one name on the jersey, it'll be 'The Herd' on the front."
That move comes with an eye toward building team unity. Earlier in the program, athletic director Mike Hamrick talked about building facilities - an appropriate topic on the eve of the dedication of the new soccer complex.
Hamrick announced that MU is "very, very close" to reaching the $20 million private-funding goal in the "Vision Campaign," a majority of the facilities initiative.
He made another declaration, very popular among the kelly-green crowd:
"Of the $33 million of the new athletic facilities that's we've spoken about in this room for the last three years, they're all either are going to get finished this week, or all under construction right now," Hamrick said.