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Chuck Landon: No blaming Seider for going back with WVU

Mar. 09, 2013 @ 12:31 AM

Pardon me for asking, but. ...

Should JaJuan Seider's departure from Marshall's football staff to accept the running backs coaching job at West Virginia University make Herd fans react like he's a turncoat?

I don't think so.

Sure, losing a coach to the Mountaineers sticks in any Marshall fan's craw. But turn the scenario around. How happy will WVU's fans be about the Mountaineers "stooping" to take a coach from Marshall?

It's all about perception.

What gets lost in the process is Seider has a wife and children and as such it is his responsibility to do what is best for his family. Considering he is earning about $95,000 as Marshall's running backs coach and recruiting coordinator compared to the $240,000 plus perks he will be paid by WVU, it is a no-brainer.

Seider had to take the job, as I reported first on Friday via Twitter.com.

It was that simple.

The right thing for Marshall fans to do is thank Seider for his three years of service and wish him well.

JaJuan has earned that.

Why has Marshall's basketball program recruited another junior college guard?

That's the mumbling and grumbling that's going on across the fan base. Granted, coach Tom Herrion has recruited a good many juco transfers. There are four on the current roster including Dennis Tinnon, Rob Goff, Elijah Pittman and D.D. Scarver.

Tinnon and Goff are finishing their eligibility, while Pittman and Scarver are juniors. But since Marshall already has signed juco transfer forward Shawn Smith and, now, has a commitment from juco guard Justin Edmonds, the total will be back to four.

In fact, it probably will grow to five with the addition of a junior college big man.

So, why Edmonds?

For one thing, DeAndre Kane and D.D. Scarver will be seniors next season. Besides that, Edmonds has a knee injury that will require rehabilitation and it might mean a redshirt year.

Then, there's this.

I'm hearing Edmonds is a steal that Marshall probably had no chance of getting until he suffered the knee injury that cost him the second half of the season at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio.

According to sources, Edmonds partially tore an ACL and did other damage to his knee. But when he's healthy the 6-foot-4 guard has been described as a "junkyard dog kind of player."

Considering how soft Marshall has been on defense at times this season, that sort of tenacity would be a welcome addition.

Was there any punishment for Southern Miss head basketball coach Donnie Tyndall blowing off his post-game press conference after an 88-84 loss to Marshall on Tuesday?

Not really.

Conference USA has a rule that head coaches are supposed to attend post-game press conferences after league games. But here's the caveat. There's no actual punishment for a no-show.

So, the C-USA office just frowned real hard at Tyndall.

What ought to happen is Southern Miss' athletic director should reprimand Tyndall and tell him the next time it happens there will be a financial-based punishment. I guarantee that's what Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick would do in that situation.

So, why did Tyndall bail on his post-game press conference? According to informed sources, it was because the thin-skinned coach didn't like something that was written about him in The Herald-Dispatch on Tuesday.

I wonder who wrote that?

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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