Inside Marshall Sports

UTEP items, UCF and Donnie Jones

First, my story this morning on what Marshall faces on its journey to Texas-El Paso.

On the UTEP front:
The semi-big news out of El Paso is the suspension of two freshmen, guard Michael Perez and center John Bohannon.

Most interesting is Tim Floyd’s postgame press conference after the Miners dismantled Memphis, where he busts on ESPN’s Andy Katz and defends Conference USA. C-USA’s perceived disrespect may have been the topic of today’s coaches’ teleconference, had it not been canceled. (The teleconference situation remains the No. 1 disappointment in Marshall’s membership in C-USA.)

An El Paso Times blog tells of a rumor of suspended zebras in connection with the Tim Floyd ejection at East Carolina. The item from the UTEP-Memphis game is interesting, even moreso after the aforementioned suspensions.

From Orlando: AD Keith Tribble is among candidates for the Miami job, which is logical given his background. Which begs the question: If there is a change in that office, does Donnie Jones automatically look for another job? If you read CBS Sportsline’s Gary Parrish’s lecturing Marshall fans about Jones’ defection, you would think there isn’t a coach in the land that could handle a new AD.

This much is clear: Donnie Jones didn’t like Mike Hamrick and probably didn’t from the get-go, in part because of disagreements over scheduling. Hamrick did not care for seeing Brescia, Rio Grande and Salem International on the schedule, and he shouldn’t. This much is clearer: Jones darned near helped Parrish write this column. He had the stage to lobby a writer that basically does not respect Marshall in the first place, and he used it.

That out of the way, watch a fan’s footage of A.J. Rompza’s game-winning shot against Southern Miss … if you dare.