The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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March 14, 2014

Herrion out as Marshall men’s basketball coach

CHARLESTON — Tom Herrion is no longer the men’s basketball coach at Marshall University, a source confirmed to The Register-Herald Friday morning.

A press conference is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. today to discuss details. It was unclear whether Herrion resigned or was terminated.

Herrion was 67-67 in four seasons with the Thundering Herd, a disappointing record after Marshall went to the postseason in each of his first two years. That included the team’s first appearance in the National Invitation Tournament in 24 years in 2012.

He was a combined 43-26 in those first two seasons, leading to heightened expectations going into the 2012-13 campaign. But the Herd wilted under the pressure and finished 13-19.

Among the players on that team was guard DeAndre Kane, who was maligned the entire season and was eventually dismissed from the program. He landed at Iowa State, where he was named an All-Big 12 first-teamer earlier this week.

Several players from  that team wound up transferring, and the only returning starter Herrion had for 2013-14 was guard Elijah Pittman. But Pittman was already in trouble for an off-campus fight that resulted in him being indicted on a misdemeanor battery charge in August. He was ejected from a win over Arkansas State in November for a flagrant-2 foul after hitting a player in the throat with an elbow.

Pittman was dismissed after nine games and on Thursday signed with the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Developmental League.

Herrion had basically a whole new team this past season, one that ended Wednesday with a second-round loss to Old Dominion in the Conference USA Tournament. Marshall finished 11-22, including a 3-14 record away from Cam Henderson Center. The Herd never won more than two straight games this season.

— E-mail: gfauber@register-herald.com and follow on Twitter @GaryFauber.

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