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Van may be leaving Marshall

Oct. 31, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- It appears Travon Van's days in a Marshall University football uniform have come to an end.

Marshall head coach Doc Holliday answered questions about the Herd's former starting running back during his Tuesday press conference after a reporter asked about a tweet Van sent from his Twitter account that said he had been granted a release.

Holliday denied Van had been granted a release from the school, but added the two sides will talk about his circumstances once the season is complete.

"I have not signed any release, if that's the case, but we'll deal with that once the season is over," Holliday said. "He and I will need to sit down and talk at some point to see if that's the case. Travon is a great kid. His Mom has some personal issues health-wise that are extremely tough."

After transferring to Marshall from Florida, Van split time at running back with Tron Martinez last season and was the starter for the first three games of this season.

However, before the Rice game, he was moved to cornerback because of injuries at the position and Holliday lauded his team-first attitude.

Van played just one series in that Rice contest and did not make the trip to Purdue the following week.

When asked about Van, Holliday cited an injury which kept him from making the trip. Van has not been in uniform since.

After answering the question concerning Van's exit from the program, Holliday confirmed he's still not cleared for action.

"Yeah, yeah, yeah, sure is," Holliday said. "He can't play. Right now, he can't."

Van's injury and potential subsequent exit leaves Marshall with a big quandary at the cornerback position. Only three healthy corners are available -- Derrick Thomas, Monterius Lovett and Keith Baxter.

All three of those guys have been banged up over the course of the last month, but have played through injuries. Holliday said young players such as Ardy Holmes and Derek Robinson might have to step up and play.

One name that Holliday didn't mention in the mix was cornerback Darryl Roberts, whom Holliday confirmed to have broken his ankle last summer.

Roberts has been in and out of practice for the last two weeks, but with only four games left in the season the general thought is he will redshirt and have two seasons left to play.

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