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‘Rock,’ Cato restore order in MU win over Miami

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OXFORD, Ohio — After a dismal third quarter in which Marshall was threatened by a team with a 16-game losing streak, it fell to Devon Johnson and Rakeem Cato to restore order.

Which they did in the final 15 ...

Marshall notebook: Fourth-down stops key to Herd win

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OXFORD, Ohio — Marshall’s defense was bent over backward at times in its 42-27 win Saturday over Miami (Ohio), but stiffened at certain critical times.

Those included fourth downs. The Thundering Herd...

Cabell Midland drubs Riverside

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ONA — Riverside began its season by kicking off from the wrong yard line, and things quickly deteriorated from there Saturday night at Cabell Midland.

The Knights scored twice in the first 1:45 and never let...

Marshall faces unknowns in opener at Miami

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OXFORD, Ohio — If you were really cynical about Marshall’s football schedule, you could call this the first of 12 “trap” games.

Wisecracks aside, today’s contest at Miami (Ohio) w...

C-USA notebook: ‘Have-nots’ looking for a dose of power

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Call them “BCS” schools, the “BCS AQ” teams or the “Power 5” programs. Any way you name them, they will make Conference USA teams struggle.

That’s the way college fo...

Marshall notebook: Haig, Smith still battling for kicking job

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HUNTINGTON — The Justin Haig-Nick Smith field-goal kicking battle has gone into overtime.

It may even be declared a tie.

That possibility was raised twice this week, first ...

Herd foe Miami counting on defense

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HUNTINGTON — Lost deep in Marshall’s 52-14 shelling of Miami (Ohio) a year ago is this: The visiting RedHawks put forth a fair defensive effort in the first 30 minutes, forging ...

Holliday likes Herd’s depth

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HUNTINGTON — To illustrate the mixture of Marshall’s veteran presence and raw youth, consider the season’s first depth chart.

There are 16 seniors on the sort-of-tw...

Marshall notebook: Jean-Louis gets starting nod at ‘Z’

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HUNTINGTON — With his gold upper teeth and without his rookie stripe, Marshall’s Angelo Jean-Louis is beginning his college football career as a starting wide receiver.

As...

Hendrix plays 27th game, but gets first start vs. Herd

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HUNTINGTON — Quarterback Andrew Hendrix presents a paradox at Miami (Ohio) — you could say he’s a veteran rookie.

The 6-foot-2, 221-pound graduate transfer and nati...

Herd ready for whatever RedHawks throw out

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HUNTINGTON — When Marshall takes on Miami (Ohio) in football for the 43rd time Saturday afternoon, the Thundering Herd faces perhaps an unprecedented puzzle.

The RedHawks have a ...

Marshall notebook: Depth on scout team a plus for Herd

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HUNTINGTON — Marshall’s fifth edition of preseason camp under coach Doc Holliday ended Saturday, though that practice was more game prep than anything.

But today the atten...

Jean-Felix ready for big role on Herd line

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HUNTINGTON — Let’s dispel the myth right now: Marshall tackle Sandley Jean-Felix cannot tie his shoes while standing straight up.

But he doesn’t have to bend over t...

Changes aplenty for Miami, Herd’s opening foe

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The theme of the football program at Miami (Ohio) is change. Major, earthquake-type change.

When you’ve lost 16 games in a row, radical change is the only way to operate.

The obvious change is in the c...

Marshall football: Frohnapfels separated but still tight

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HUNTINGTON — The time has come for the brothers Frohnapfel to become leaders of their football team. They will do so at two different campuses, but they will lead nonetheless.

At...

Holcombe slides into Herd’s backup QB job

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HUNTINGTON — As the newly crowned backup quarterback, Gunnar Holcombe has that “one heartbeat from the presidency” role at Marshall.

That analogy may be over-dramat...

Leggett works his way back from injuries

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HUNTINGTON — Ah, yes, the dreaded high ankle sprain. The bigger, badder brother of the “conventional” ankle sprain, and the robber of football seasons everywhere.

A...

Herd receivers steal scrimmage spotlight

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HUNTINGTON — It remains to be seen whether Marshall can get the production it needs from its outside receivers, but they showed some ability to strike quickly on Saturday.

In the...

Herd’s Shuler making career out of first-down receptions

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HUNTINGTON — A 66-reception season would put you in a pretty high position on the college football stat charts in any given year.

Even when averaged over a 14-game season, you wo...

MU notebook: Backup QB battle front and center during scrimmage

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HUNTINGTON — With the season opener at Miami (Ohio) two weeks away, Marshall fans get their last chance to see their team in the preseason tonight, with a few position battles on full ...

Herd’s Hewitt does a number on stat crews

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HUNTINGTON — The toughest adjustment to Marshall linebacker Neville Hewitt’s switch to jersey No. 6 could come for the stat crew of the first opponent, Miami (Ohio).

When ...

Daniel works his way back at Marshall

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HUNTINGTON — Battling just to keep his Marshall career alive six months ago, Armonze Daniel is now closer to a starting job at defensive end.

Not that he has clinched his place f...

Marshall notebook: Reaves added to the mix at wide receiver

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HUNTINGTON — The doors to Marshall’s outside receiver positions are wide open, and Deandre Reaves figures he might as well run through them.

Anything to get on the field.<...

A hairy camp for Marshall defensive tackle Williams

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HUNTINGTON — After Marshall’s Monday morning practice, Ricardo Williams held a “trophy” in his hand: a clump of hair.

His own. A dreadlock, as it turns out.<...

Hard work pays off for tight end Woodrum

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HUNTINGTON — When Joe Woodrum first walked on at Marshall, it was his second year playing football. Anywhere, any level.

The Bluefield native looked like that for quite a while, ...

MU notebook: Big plays cap first week of practice

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HUNTINGTON — They didn’t have an all-out scrimmage and the whistles were quick, but Marshall players saw their most 11-on-11 action so far as the first week of preseason camp en...

Herd’s Baxter determined to stay healthy this season

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HUNTINGTON — It doesn’t look like another case of nightmarish injury luck for Marshall cornerback Keith Baxter, but there he was on the turf Friday, getting his leg stretched ou...

Marshall notebook: Brooks loses weight, gains chance to start

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HUNTINGTON — Blake Brooks’ victories in the battle of the scales can be short-lived, and he realizes that.

But as he continues his quest to start at left tackle at Marshal...

Marshall, NC State set home-and-home football series

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HUNTINGTON — The just-announced home-and-home football series between Marshall and North Carolina State involves a few connections.

Coach Doc Holliday worked in Raleigh as an ass...

Marshall basketball: Herd slimming down for up-tempo style

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HUNTINGTON — Marshall’s basketball team is on hiatus in a period between summer workouts and the start of fall semester. Conceivably, those players could gorge on food and put o...

Herd center Jasperse leads nation in ironman statistic

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HUNTINGTON — Before one examines Marshall’s depth at center, one reminder: Chris Jasperse leads the team in career snaps among active offensive linemen.

Check that: He lea...

Marshall notebook: Yurachek could help Herd at tight end soon

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HUNTINGTON — Showing off his arm Wednesday at Marshall’s third day of preseason camp, Michael Birdsong launched a long pass downfield to the tight end, a pass that looked a litt...

Marshall notebook: QB transfer Birdsong waiting in the wings

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HUNTINGTON — Quarterback Michael Birdsong ready to settle into one offensive scheme, and one only, for more than one season.

Should the Marshall coaching staff and philosophy rem...

Johnson taking turns in Herd backfield

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HUNTINGTON — When Devon “Rockhead” Johnson returned to town Sunday from his final break before preseason camp, he learned Marshall coaches have a different plan — ...

Marshall notebook: Turene’s back at LB, but the competition is stiff

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HUNTINGTON — Kent Turene, the well-touted linebacker with an injury-riddled career, was seen moving around pretty well as Marshall practice opened Monday — even with a cumbersom...

How will ‘Group of 5’ affect MU?

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If you haven’t heard it, you haven’t been listening: Marshall’s football team likely will be favored in every game this fall.

So, as the speculation season gives way to preseason camp, the issu...

Lexington pitchers fan 15 in victory over Power

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The good news for the West Virginia Power was this: The roster was unaffected by the trade deadline.

And it could have been. Last year, second baseman Dilson Herrera was dealt to the New York Mets organization as t...

Holliday embraces high expectations

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HUNTINGTON — In his three-plus decades of coaching, Marshall’s Doc Holliday has lived through elevated preseason expectations, whether for his team, individual stars or both.

New Sinclair TV venture involves C-USA

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As Sinclair Broadcast Group launches its foray into televising Conference USA sports, the impact in the Charleston-Huntington market won’t be great, just yet.

Let’s put it this way: Marshall’s...

Marshall all over C-USA picks

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For the few Marshall fans who don’t have orbit-high expectations over their football team, maybe Conference USA coaches could help them out.

As preseason awards were unveiled Tuesday, the Thundering Herd wa...

Holliday’s contract extended to 2018

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Sometimes those coaching contracts really aren’t about the money, as Marshall’s Doc Holliday didn’t receive a raise in his latest extension of his contract.

But in the latest announcement of th...

Cabrera closes strong, wins Greenbrier Classic by two strokes

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Angel Cabrera will see your hole-in-one, George McNeill, and raise you a hole-out eagle on the toughest hole on the course.

That was the final round Sunda...

Greenbrier Classic — Hurley’s consolation prize: British Open invite

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — For Billy Hurley, the disappointment over playing himself out of the Greenbrier Classic championship picture had subsided Sunday afternoon.

It had to. A t...

Greenbrier Classic notebook: Fans cash in on Cauley’s ace

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Bud Cauley’s fanbase expanded greatly on Sunday.

The Daytona Beach, Fla., resident and University of Alabama grad converted a hole-in-one — ...

Hurley takes 2-stroke lead into Greenbrier Classic final round

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Billy Hurley III knows he may or may not keep his 54-hole lead at the Greenbrier Classic, but he knew it wasn’t going to keep him awake Saturday night.

Love needs strong finish to make it to British

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Davis Love III has played 95 major tournaments since 1986, winning three. And at age 50, he is looking for No. 96.

That’s where the Open Championsh...

Greenbrier notebook: Cabrera charges to within 2 strokes

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Angel Cabrera has never won a tournament other than a major on U.S. soil. The Argentine is in great position to change that after tying for Saturday’s lo...

Hurley shoots 63, takes 1-stroke Classic lead

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — For Billy Hurley III, nothing he’ll do in golf could ever top his driving a Navy ship through the Suez Canal, but he won’t forget shooting a 7-und...

First-round leader Blixt stumbles to 73

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — When Jonas Blixt won the 2013 Greenbrier Classic, he didn’t lead after 18, 36 or 54 holes.

In the first round of the current Classic, Blixt shot a ...

Greenbrier notebook: Bubba brings star power to the leaderboard

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — The Greenbrier Classic can always use a name player near the top of the leaderboard, and Bubba Watson is doing just that for the fifth annual event, standing fo...