The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

December 24, 2013

Bowl week begins for Herd

Marshall arrives in nation’s capital for Military Bowl

Five buses departed Huntington at 10:30 a.m. Monday morning, eastbound with Washington, D.C., as their destination.

The buses formed the Marshall University Thundering Herd caravan, bound for the Renaissance Hotel, their headquarters for Friday afternoon’s Military Bowl.

The bowl game, to be played in Annapolis, Md., on the campus of the U.S. Naval Academy, pits the Herd against the Maryland Terrapins. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. ESPN will televise the action.

A reception for the Marshall players, coaches and the rest of the contingent was set for Monday evening at the hotel.

The Marshall roster includes Woodrow Wilson High alumnus Clint Van Horn, an offensive lineman, Bluefield High graduate Joe Woodrum and Richlands (Va.) High grad Devon Johnson. Johnson and Woodrum are tight ends.

Four current Marshall players are from the state of Maryland and six others are from Washington or close-by areas of northern Virginia.

Marshall’s last bowl effort was a 20-10 victory over Florida International two years ago in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla. Marshall is 7-3 in bowl games, beginning with a 7-0 loss to Catawba in the Tangerine Bowl on New Year’s Day 1948.

The Thundering Herd has never played Maryland in football, or even competed in the sport in the state.

However, MU head coach Doc Holliday has been on the sidelines as an assistant coach 25 times for games with the Terrapins according to the Marshall sports information office.

While Holliday was at West Virginia, the Mountaineers went 11-9 against Maryland. As a North Carolina State assistant, the Wolfpack was 1-4 versus the Terps.

This year’s Marshall team went 9-3 in the regular season, capturing the East Division of Conference USA. In the conference championship game on Dec. 7, Rice defeated Marshall 41-24.

Associated Press College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo predicted a 49-48 Maryland victory last Thursday in an overview of this season’s bowl games.

Each summary included a paragraph beginning “Why watch?” In the case of the Military Bowl, Russo wrote, “Marshall plays fast, has a good offense and a bad defense. The possibility of a 49-48 game is always high when the Thundering Herd play, and the Terps can put up points when QB C.J. Brown is healthy.”

Friday’s game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium will be the first bowl game to be staged in Annapolis. The five previous editions of this bowl game were played at RFK Stadium in Washington. For its initial two years, the event was the EagleBank Bowl.

— E-mail: tbone@

Text Only
College Sports
  • Herd lands ‘Other D’Antoni’

    Danny D’Antoni hasn’t been a West Virginia resident in nearly 40 years. That will soon change, and his family could not be happier.
    D’Antoni will be introduced as Marshall’s new head men’s basketball coach at a press conference at 2 p.m. today. Athletic director Mike Hamrick announced the hiring via Twitter Thursday afternoon.

    April 24, 2014

  • WVU baseball begins series with Kansas State in Morgantown today

    The West Virginia University baseball team will host Kansas State in a key Big 12 Conference series this weekend at Hawley Field. Game one begins at 6 p.m. today. Game two begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday, and the first pitch for game three is set for noon on Sunday.

    April 24, 2014

  • Hamrick deserves praise for pursuit of D’Antoni

    Sometimes gambles don’t pay off, but some risks simply have to be taken.

    April 23, 2014

  • WVU post-spring depth chart filled with few surprises

    Although the contents brought about as much of a surprise as a over the hill balloon at a 40th birthday party, there were a few interesting nuggets in the post-spring depth chart that West Virginia University sent out Wednesday morning.

    April 23, 2014

  • Clutch hitting leads WVU over Marshall

    Junior catcher Cam O’Brien finished  a home run away from the cycle and scored three runs as the WVU baseball team defeated Marshall, 10-3, on Wednesday evening at Hawley Field.

    April 23, 2014

  • Gardner improving with broken neck

    Joedy Gardner, a well-known former West Virginia basketball player and coach, is much improved after having broken his neck in Phoenix, Ariz., several months ago.

    April 23, 2014

  • 042314 trickett Mountaineers have benefited from incoming football transfers

    Recruiting in college football seems to get more and more attention every season. Websites like and stalk the high school sidelines and blow up potential recruits’ cell phones in search of the latest information. But there’s one important aspect that often goes ignored — transfers.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • WVU baseball pounds Terps

    The offense had 16 hits and sophomore left-hander Ross Vance struck out six as the West Virginia University baseball team routed Maryland 14-2 on Tuesday evening at Hawley Field.

    April 22, 2014

  • Crutchfield not interested in Division I job

    You would think Jim Crutchfield would be a great candidate for a head basketball coach’s job at an NCAA Division I university.
    But the Clarksburg native keeps saying that he’s perfectly content in that role at West Liberty, a Division II powerhouse. His 10-year record there is an absolutely amazing 272-49. Significantly, 10 of those defeats came in his first year at the West Liberty helm.

    April 22, 2014

  • Stepping up: Kelly racking up wins for Lions

    Sundays have become red-letter days for Chris Kelly.

    April 22, 2014