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Inquiring about regional sports

Jul. 13, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Pardon me for asking, but ...

Does anybody think Marshall football player Angelo Jean-Louis is getting off easy with community service after being charged with three felonies?

Well, guess again.

The judicial system is wrapping up his case, according to Jean-Louis' attorney, and, yes, the wide receiver is going to be sentenced to community service.

But the issue is how much?

Believe it or not, he will have to perform 500 hours of community service. Five-hundred! If you've never heard of an amount that high, get in line.

To put it in perspective, if Jean-Louis did community service 24 hours a day it still would take him 21 days to satisfy his sentence. More realistically, if he performed three hours of community service per day it would take 167 days to complete.

That's picking up a lot of trash, folks.

Jean-Louis' punishment brings new meaning to the concept of "Don't do the crime, if you can't do the time."

Is Marshall really interested in bringing one-time prodigy player Justin Coleman back into the basketball program?

No.

When I mentioned the talented former Herd player was the most highly rated junior college guard that still hadn't committed to a school, many readers took the leap of faith that Marshall was interested in Coleman returning to the fold.

That's not the case.

The Herd is courting an extremely talented shooting guard who has spent time in the junior college ranks, but it is not Coleman.

Who is going to replace Ohio University on the Marshall men's basketball schedule now that the Bobcats abruptly dropped the Herd for next season?

Penn State.

Marshall has negotiated a home-and-home series with the Nittany Lions. It will begin during the 2013-14 season with Marshall playing a game in State College, Pa.

Now, here's the really good news. Most BCS schools -- for lack of a better term -- refuse to play Marshall in the Henderson Center. Instead, they insist on playing on a neutral court such as at the Charleston Civic Center. The Herd's game against the University of Cincinnati last season is a prime example.

Well, guess what?

Penn State puts the "home" in home-and-home series by agreeing to play Marshall in Huntington during the 2014-15 campaign.

That's a nice display of integrity by the Nittany Lions.

Besides Penn State, Marshall's 2013-14 schedule will include an exempt tournament. It will feature home games against future Conference USA member Western Kentucky and also UNC-Wilmington.

Also, look for former Southern Conference rival East Tennessee State to return to the schedule. There also is talk of the Herd taking on national champion Louisville in the KFC Yum! Center.

Will veteran sportscaster Tony Caridi remain the "Voice of the Mountaineers" now that WVU has negotiated a deal with IMG?

He wants to stay.

Caridi made that clear in a story in a Charleston newspaper. But it appears he would have to take a major pay cut, according to knowledgeable sources.

Besides that, there's the dicey relationship between Caridi working for the John Raese-owned radio network "WV MetroNews" and Raese's well-documented legal battles and public criticism of WVU signing with IMG.

Will Raese be willing to share Caridi?

Stay tuned to this radio soap opera.

Chuck Landon is a sports columnist for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2827 or clandon@herald-dispatch.com.

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