Didn’t talk to the new defensive line coach until I was coming out of a high school basketball game (George Washington smacking around Parkersburg, if you care)… He’s excited, as you can imagine — “I feel like it’s Christmas Eve,” he said — and he’s coming to town for good early Tuesday afternoon.
It’s pretty certain Glen Mason put in a good word for Fello with Coach Snyder, but Rick Minter did, too. Fello nearly went to work for Minter at Cincinnati once upon a time, but got another job offer at the last minute from Kansas State (I hope I got that right, I’m flying without a net right now).
He’s been up and down and all around, but he has a solid base of experience. And I think he’s got a pretty good unit to work with, whether it goes 4-3, 3-4 or multiple…
I, too, was amused that somebody tried to explain Marshall’s (lack of) television exposure without talking about the abrupt death of the old Thundering Herd TV Network.
Let’s get this straight: Even if the C-USA deal with CBS College Sports completely precluded local packages (as we’ve learned, it does NOT), the league’s athletic directors would still have to be held accountable for allowing that to happen. Again, Marshall’s reduction in TV exposure is the biggest disappointment of the Bob Marcum era.
(I heard from somebody else that there will be a change of guard during the summer, as I have been suspecting.)
The Herd’s game Saturday against Tulane was the last of the season on any TV outlet, unless something comes up. I find that preposterous.
You may remember me grousing about how WVU’s women’s team gets more airtime in the Charleston end of the TV market. I haven’t rolled out this latest insult: SMU has a local deal with an outfit called Metro Sports, with 14 games on the tube in the Metroplex.
Keep in mind that Marshall would pull *much* better ratings in this market than SMU pulls in Dallas. There is no C-USA team more buried in its market than SMU.
I’m not terribly excited about the Herd playing an NAIA school in mid-February, either, but this should be a well-placed game. The upcoming schedule is not easy: a trip to El Paso on Saturday, followed by a home game against Houston. If you can shake loose to watch the latter, you should — the Cougars and Tom Penders are fun to watch. Of course, the Herd has yet to beat those guys since realignment, much like it hasn’t beaten Memphis.