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Herd ends skid, dumps UTEP 78-71


HUNTINGTON — Marshall’s game Saturday against Texas-El Paso wasn’t even a minute and a half old when both courtside ad panels were plunked by ghastly errant passes.

St. Albans has strong showing at WSAZ wrestling


HUNTINGTON — All but dead not long ago, the St. Albans wrestling program is starting to throw its weight around.

The Red Dragons sent a message of sorts this weekend at the WSAZ ...

Poca boys defeat Sissonville 65-45


The offense of Class AA top-ranked Poca isn’t predicated on a single high scorer this year. In fact, coach Allen Osborne can rattle off five players who have led the Dots on a given night.

But Matt Chandler ...

Herd hopes Loop gets his looks


HUNTINGTON — Through 19 games, Austin Loop has made one-third of his team’s 3-point goals and is shooting 40.3 percent from that range.

His Marshall teammates combined are...

Hill’s hot hand helps USTA add to Herd’s woes


HUNTINGTON — As if Marshall needed any more insults on its not-so-magical misery tour, Jeromie Hill of Texas-San Antonio provided 36 of them Thursday night.

That was the number o...

West Virginia State, UC renew rivalry


The book on tonight’s University of Charleston-West Virginia State game is this: One team is pretty warm if not hot, while the other team has become more dangerous than its record indicates.

West Virginia St...

Herd looks to end slide tonight vs. UTSA


HUNTINGTON — As positive as Marshall coach Dan D’Antoni has remained during his painful first season, he knows this: You take your little victories when you can get them.

Good bounce helps Hurricane win


HURRICANE — You’ve probably seen it a thousand times: That desperation shot at the buzzer happens to have the right line and plunks the rim, but really isn’t close to goi...

Herd, Florida Atlantic seeking first C-USA win


There are three winless teams in Conference USA league games entering today’s full schedule. Not long after nightfall, there will be two.

That’s because Marshall (4-13, 0-4) and Florida Atlantic (7-8,...

Unbeaten Humphreys leads Winfield to the top at Putnam wrestling meet


HURRICANE — Bryce Humphreys can count the number of losses he has suffered since the beginning of last wrestling season on no hands.

The two-time Class AAA defending champion has...

Marshall looks to end slide tonight at FIU


Something has to give tonight when Marshall’s basketball team comes calling at Florida International.

For one thing, the Panthers haven’t won a home game in more than a month.

You can look it up...

Herd finishes in Top 25


The final validation of Marshall’s historic football season came in Tuesday morning, initially in the wee hours.

At about 2:30 a.m., the Associated Press came out with its final Top 25, with the Thundering H...

Elmore appears on Herd’s ‘doorstep’


The unusual aspect of Jon Elmore joining the Marshall basketball program is this: The first contact between coach and player took place at about 8:30 Monday morning.

That’s it. No letters, no text messages, ...

Catholic boys wear down Braxton


After polishing off Braxton County 66-47 on Monday, Charleston Catholic faces a tougher assignment tonight.

The Irish (7-2), sixth-ranked in Class A in the Associated Press poll released earlier Monday, head down t...

Another quarterback joins Herd program


It’s official: Marshall has a fourth entrant in its first legitimate quarterback competition in four years.

Chase Litton, a 6-foot-5 native of Tampa, Fla., followed through on his long-held commitment to joi...

Henry, 49ers hand Herd another loss


BRIEFLY: Loop’s scoring average jumped a point to 11.6. He has recorded five double-figure games in a row, scoring 78 points in that stretch and hitting 19 of 41 3-point attempts (46.3 percent). &...

Former SC star Henry returns for last visit with Charlotte


Pierria’ Henry, South Charleston High’s finest, remains one of the better defensive threats in Conference USA. As a 6-foot-5 point guard, he again leads the league in steals (33, 2.36 per game) and is on tr...

Marshall’s Payton picked for College Hall of Fame


Marshall’s wildly successful time in NCAA’s Division I-AA continues to be immortalized, with the latest development being the election of quarterback Michael Payton to the College Football Hall of Fame.


No. 25 ODU adds to Herd’s woes


HUNTINGTON — One team won its 10th game in a row and the other team lost its 11th straight to Division I opponents. The sleepy audience of perhaps 3,000 at Cam Henderson Center had no ...

WVU Tech pulls away from Shawnee State


MONTGOMERY — WVU Tech doesn’t appear to be a deep team. In its 75-62 win over Shawnee State, only nine players took the floor, six putting in 20 or more minutes.

But any o...

Herd home for No. 25 Old Dominion tonight


HUNTINGTON — With his team’s unexpected rise to the Top 25, Jeff Jones received a history lesson about Old Dominion basketball, and how far he has brought it.

“I had no idea Old Dominion had ne...

Marshall’s Taylor often drawing the line


Ryan Taylor remains Marshall’s leading scorer by a fair margin, as his 14.1 points per game is about four points ahead of the nearest healthy teammate, Austin Loop.

But those points have been tough to come b...

ODU cracks Top 25


If there were any doubt that Marshall’s basketball road is getting bumpier this week, the new Associated Press Top 25 dispelled it Monday.

The media panel’s latest poll lists Old Dominion, which has b...

Herd visits WKU in C-USA opener


This Conference USA thing is new to Dan D’Antoni and the first-year players on his Marshall team. But a journey to Bowling Green, Kentucky, is new for everybody on the roster.

The Thundering Herd opens its 1...

Struggling Herd’s task: Make postseason


Following Akron’s 70-63 win over Marshall, Thundering Herd coach Dan D’Antoni was asked to size up a Conference USA team that had beaten the Zips.

The local media wondered aloud if Middle Tennessee, w...

Herd falls at Akron, 70-63


AKRON, Ohio — As if Marshall didn’t have enough misery to end the 2014 calendar year, now its leading scorer and rebounder is hurting, literally.

The Thundering Herd lost its ninth straight against Di...

Herd looking to end road woes at Akron


Not that Marshall’s basketball team is functioning that well on any 94-foot-long surface these days, but the road has been harder for the Thundering Herd.

That became clear after the westward pre-Christmas s...

Jones reaches milestone as Sissonville girls roll


As Sissonville’s state-contending girls basketball team regathers from early-season injuries and illness, Madison Jones keeps piling up impressive numbers.

Jones blew through the 1,000-point barrier Monday n...

Holliday named Gazette-Mail Sportsman of the Year


HUNTINGTON — A veteran of 36 seasons in the college football coaching profession, John “Doc” Holliday can proudly point to something few of his peers can say.

“To be in this business as ...

Cato, Shuler lead Herd’s 52-23 rout of NIU


BOCA RATON, Fla. — Rakeem Cato, Tommy Shuler finished their remarkable Marshall football career in spectacular fashion. Same for their team in general, which finished its best se...

Boca Raton Bowl notebook: MU backers push for Doc extension


BOCA RATON, Fla. — After his team won the inaugural Boca Raton Bowl, Marshall coach Doc Holliday acknowledged he was in “major discussions” over a multi-year extens...

Cato leads Herd into Boca Raton Bowl vs. NIU


BOCA RATON, Fla. — The funny thing about Rakeem Cato’s collegiate debut, way back in September 2011, is that it never finished.

Had you forgotten? It was that game a...

Schnellenberger a big part of Boca Raton Bowl


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Perhaps tonight’s game should be called the Schnellenberger Bowl.

Howard Schnellenberger was the first coach of the Florida Atlantic program,...

Herd outside WRs, NIU defensive line answered call


BOCA RATON, Fla. — Marshall and Northern Illinois has reached this champion-vs.-champion bowl game Tuesday with many of their expected stars having career-best seasons.

The examples are easy to recite: the T...

NIU QB Hare quietly gets it done


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Northern Illinois quarterback Drew Hare doesn’t have to be like Jordan Lynch. He knows that, his coach knows that, his center knows that.


Hewitt closes Herd career with MVP season


BOCA RATON, Fla. — It seems like an eternity ago, but Neville Hewitt entered his senior season with one hefty question mark hovering over him.

That question took on the sha...

Boca Raton Bowl notebook: Doc, Pitt unlikely to fit


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Let the record show that Doc Holliday is on Florida soil and he’s wearing kelly-green Marshall gear.

That latter is very likely to remain the...

Herd with momentum as basketball road trip begins


After a 4-6 start in games mostly played in the state of West Virginia, Marshall’s basketball team begins its mini-tour of America today at Arkansas State.

Tipoff time is 3 p.m. at the 10,038-seat Convocatio...

Herd’s Johnson, Hewitt win C-USA media awards


Yes, Conference USA champion Marshall was well represented in the first media all-league and awards vote in nearly a decade, but there were significant differences from the coaches’ all-conference awards from last...

Low ticket prices for Boca Raton Bowl a plus for Herd fans


Traveling to south Florida to see their team’s appearance at the Boca Raton Bowl might be challenging to Marshall fans’ budgets, but the ticket prices will help.

The Thundering Herd could well bring 3...

Kopp had positive effect on MU athletics


The Marshall University community is trying to come to grips with the death of president Stephen J. Kopp, and that sentiment definitely extends to the athletic department.

Dr. Kopp, who was serving in his 10th year...

NIU looks a lot like Herd did during MAC dynasty years


HUNTINGTON — The more one looks at Northern Illinois’ football program over the last five seasons, the more it looks like Marshall, circa 1997-2002.

More than a decade ago...

MU football notes: Cato. Johnson earn All-America mention


HUNTINGTON — They were responsible for 5,836 yards and 61 touchdowns, and Rakeem Cato and Devon Johnson are earning some national “pub” for it.

Cato and Johnson wer...

Herd holds off King


HUNTINGTON — In a contest that resembled more of a “Horse” contest than a basketball game, Marshall finally shed its losing streak.

It wasn’t easy, though, a...

Herd’s Haig coming back home


HUNTINGTON — The first and only time Marshall played a game at Florida Atlantic, Justin Haig kicked the game-winning field goal and proceeded to “shush” the home crowd in...

Herd hosts King tonight


HUNTINGTON — Marshall’s basketball team, loser of six straight games, can use a win against anyone, anywhere, any time.

If it comes against a Division II school, so be it....

Capital Classic: Foul trouble eventually caught up with Herd


Marshall committed so many fouls in the second half, players and coaches lost count.

Literally, in one case.

The Thundering Herd may have committed 24 turnovers in its 69-66 loss to West Virginia at the Civic...

Capital Classic: Herd must limit mistakes against pressure defense


HUNTINGTON — The buzz-phrase in the Marshall camp in the past week has been: “Be strong with the ball.”

Coach Dan D’Antoni can probably spot a weak pass with...

Riverside boys debut with lopsided win


In his first basketball coaching gig in four years and his first high school heading coaching assignment ever, Craig Albright was feeling euphoric over his 1.000 winning percentage.

“Isn’t this fun?&#...

Herd lands 10 on All-CUSA 1st team


Marshall’s dominance in Conference USA was underscored Tuesday, as the Thundering Herd placed a record 10 players on the all-conference first team.

The Herd, which came within a point of a 13-0 record, had t...