Inside Marshall Sports

The big Swede from Raceland …

… has his test score and shall sign his letter of intent today, or so it is expected… for Saturday’s game: 1,500 general admission tickets available, no chairbacks. (Don’t gripe now; you knew this was coming.)

Herd-related wrestling note

The walk-on from Beckley, Clinton VanHorn, competes for the 285-pound championship tonight at the state wrestling tournament. He takes on Garrett Stanley of Bridgeport.

Conference USA non-league schedules

One of our faithful fans brought up the issue, and I was curious: How to nonconference schedules within C-USA measure up to that of Marshall?

As I compiled this list, I see four manly schedules here. See if you can name them.

The Herd
at WVU
at Ohio
Virginia Tech
at Louisville

Mississippi State
at Arkansas State
Austin Peay
at Middle Tennessee

East Carolina
South Carolina (at Charlotte)
Virginia Tech
North Carolina
at Navy

Southern Miss
Louisiana Tech
Southeastern La.
at Virginia
at Navy

Central Florida
Charleston Southern
Boston College
at Fla. International
at BYU

at Florida
at Troy
Mississippi State
at Florida Atlantic

at North Texas
at La. Tech
Georgia State

at Oklahoma
Oklahoma State
at Boise State
North Texas

at Texas
at Baylor
at Northwestern

Stony Brook
at New Mexico State
at South Florida
Colorado State

Southeastern La.
at Duke
at Army
at Hawaii

at Texas A&M
Northwestern State
at TCU

The mystery recruit

Safety D.J. Hunter, a 2009 Tennessee recruit, is enrolled at Marshall. He will join the football program for spring drills, or so is the word.

His recruitment was getting derailed by UT’s coaching change, and then by charges in January 2009 that he shot a 15-year-old in the face with a BB gun in his hometown of Middletown, Ohio. Those charges have just been resolved, I was told a few minutes ago, and he is cleared to join the program.

I’ll try to get a walk-on vs. scholarship status report.

2011 Football schedule is out


• Sept. 3 at West Virginia
• Sept. 17 at Ohio
• Oct. 1 at Louisville
• Oct. 8 at UCF*
• Oct. 15 RICE*
• Oct. 22 at Houston*
• Oct. 29 UAB*
• Nov. 12 at Tulsa*
• Nov. 19 at Memphis*

Link to today’s signing day

I will be updating my story here, adding observations as the morning progresses.

I am figuring I will head to Huntington after Chevelle Buie makes his choice known at 2ish ET. Davonte Allen/Robert Way decision is due later.

Signing day, etc.

Mapped out a general blueprint of the signing class, and have been monitoring the Herd’s hoops game at Houston. So far, so good a few minutes into the second half.

Our Tommy Atkinson called around to some area high school coaches … Pierria’ Henry is still torn on the basketball/football question. Coach John Messinger said MU has offered football with option to play basketball. Clemson came up to watch him Tuesday, and Henry also visited NC-Charlotte after his official to Marshall.

SC’s Tyler Harris and Moe Makhene are walking on. Woodrow Wilson’s Clinton Van Horn is coming along (I’m betting he has good academic-based aid, seeing his other schools), as is Hurricane’s Tyler Pate.

In the morning, I will be adding background and observation to the signings, as they happen.

Looking at Way to Herd?

A Palm Beach Post blog is predicting Marshall will land Robert Way, but where will Glades Central teammate Davonte Allen go? I have since read he has made up his mind between the Herd and WVU, but is not tipping his hand.

Marshall would get Way over Florida Atlantic, which won’t impress a lot of people. I have the amateur, long-distance good hunch about it, but what do I know?

On the Chevelle Buie watch: He has posted on his Facebook page that he loves both Marshall and ECU and it’s going to come down to a “gut feeling inside of me and God.” He has a signing ceremony at 2 p.m. at Cocoa High, and he may be taking every minute up to it to make the call.

If so, that may be the first time in a year or three the suspense in the MU has lasted past noon. Snyder was particularly good about ending the suspense in a hurry. I personally appreciated it, that’s for sure.

NO Pierria Henry commit (yet)

This isn’t from a source. This is from Henry himself. Although, it must be noted he did not play in his basketball game Saturday so he could take his MU visit. Figure Aaron Dobson hosted him, eh?

In case you are wondering, anybody playing football and basketball (or any sports) on scholarship, you count for football. (It’s commonly known as the “Bear Bryant Rule.”)

MWC: We’re standing pat

Looks like a period of stability on C-USA’s western flank … until/unless the Big 12 wants to be 12 again.

From the AP:

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mountain West Conference will not expand further to include either Utah State or Hawaii as a full member.

The conference board of directors on Tuesday issued a statement saying the configuration already established works best going forward. The announcement came at the conclusion of its annual meeting in Las Vegas, where topics included television contracts, membership and efforts to change the Bowl Championship Series structure.

The Mountain West will have eight members as of July, with BYU and Utah departing and Boise State joining current members TCU, New Mexico, UNLV, San Diego State, Colorado State, Wyoming and Air Force. In July 2012, TCU departs and Fresno and Nevada join in all sports. Hawaii joins the MWC in football only, while its other teams will compete in the Big West.