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Rippon resigns from Marshall

Nov. 25, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- One day after Marshall University's football team allowed 65 points and 555 yards in a 65-59 double-overtime loss at East Carolina, Thundering Herd defensive coordinator Chris Rippon resigned.

"I would like to thank Chris for all of his service to our program," said Marshall head coach Doc Holliday in a release. "We wish him and his family the best."

Holliday chose Rippon as his defensive coordinator when he became head coach in 2010 and Rippon kept the position for three seasons.

Last season, he had three players move on to the NFL in defensive end Vinny Curry, safety Omar Brown and defensive tackle Delvin Johnson.

However, the 2012 season proved to be a difficult one defensively from the start.

The season started with a bit of uncertainty as players switched positions during preseason camp and Rippon looked for the right combinations for the Herd defense.

Those combinations never came to fruition as Marshall struggled to defend the run and also had trouble getting off the field on third downs.

The defensive unit featured many returning players, but several were at new positions after being switched during the preseason.

Marshall's defense gave up 517 points, an average of 43.1 per game on its way to a 5-7 record. The defense was ranked 119th out of 120 teams prior to Saturday's games.

In the seven losses, Marshall allowed 49.8 points per loss and the defense gave up 50 points in six of 12 contests -- including a 54-51 overtime win over Rice when the Herd led by 10 with four minutes remaining.

Holliday's comment following the end of Friday's loss signaled a change on the horizon.

"We've got to start playing better defense around here," Holliday said.

According to the release, the search for Rippon's replacement is under way.

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