Ellis: The "Doc" believes Marshall Football is healthy
On Monday morning, August 25, I attended a meeting at First State Bank, in their large community room, with Doc Holliday, head football coach at Marshall University. The Herd's 12-game schedule opens with a game at Miami of Ohio on Saturday.
All the Marshall fans, alumni and well-wishers enjoyed a complete, nothing lacking, country-style breakfast from Tudor's Biscuit World, a perennial "Best in the Valley" choice. The owner/CEO Oshel Craigo and his staff and employees provide food at its best.
Everything I hear about the Marshall Football team this season is as positive as positive can be. Should there be a loss this season, it would appear in the "major upset" column. Some of the best players in the nation will be playing for Marshall.
This enjoyable breakfast was hosted by Ray Burke of Tudor's Biscuit World and Roy Hamilton, vice president president of First State Bank, Hurricane. Listening to Coach Holliday, it was easy to pick up an air of optimism concerning this year's team.
I heard one person talking about a Marshall lineman and referred to him as being amphibious. He was referring to offensive lineman, Trevor Mendelson. Having noticed the headline on last week's Putnam Herald story by Grant Traylor of The Herald-Dispatch, which stated, "Ambidextrous lineman happy on left or right." There is a distinct difference between "ambidextrous" and "amphibious" unless maybe the game is being played in the biggest rainstorm since the days of Noah.
Want to know more about "Doc" Holliday and Marshall Football? Go to Herdzone.com or Doc Holliday (American football). He was born and raised in Hurricane and is a graduate of West Virginia University and also earned his Master's Degree from WVU. While at WVU, he was a three-year letter winner as a linebacker.
He has also had coaching stints at WVU, North Carolina State and the University of Florida. Those who know him and his coaching experience are convinced that he is a first-class coach, one of the best in the nation and after this season the larger schools will be giving him serious consideration every time a head coaching position becomes available.
Rick Perry, whose parents, Alex and Jo Perry lived at Scott Depot for many years, has told me numerous times that "'Doc' is probably the best recruiter in college football." After his brilliant high school football coaching career in Florida, Perry should know that from his personal experience.
Coach Holliday in his early morning talk to Marshall fans and supporters emphasized three things that help a football team succeed and all of us. He mentioned that "complacency and selfishness must be ruled out" and "accountability to each other" is a must if we are to succeed in football or any important area of life.
The big word is "Go Herd!" and that means winning every game including an important bowl game after the regular season is over. We are pulling for our hometown coach and the entire Marshall University football team.
Bill Ellis can be reached at P.O. Box 345, Scott Depot, WV 25560; phone 304-757-6089.
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