Welcome to “Second Guess” Tuesday.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Monday, May 25, 2020
HUNTINGTON - Marshall football is in its 50th year since the 1970 Marshall plane crash, which nearly ended the program. In this series, HD Media looks at the Top 50 moments in Herd football history since that tragedy on Nov. 14, 1970, which took the lives of all 75 patrons aboard Southern Airways Flight 932.
Today, we look at No. 20: Marshall’s 34-14 win over Toledo on Dec. 5, 1997, that gave the Herd the Mid-American Conference Championship.
HUNTINGTON - On a snowy December evening in Huntington, Marshall wide receiver Randy Moss caught three touchdown passes from quarterback Chad Pennington to gift-wrap the Herd's first-ever Mid-American Conference title.
Sunday, May 24, 2020
HUNTINGTON - Former Kentucky and Oklahoma State head coach Eddie Sutton passed away Saturday from natural causes at the age of 84, according to his family.
HURRICANE, W.Va. — The prep baseball season might have been canceled in West Virginia due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it wasn’t a complete wash for Hurricane High School’s Austin Dearing.
Saturday, May 23, 2020
HUNTINGTON - It has been nearly 22 years since Billy Malashevich delivered the game-winning field goal to beat South Carolina in 1998, but the memories surrounding the moments and the atmosphere come back as if it just happened.
Saturday, May 23, 2020
HUNTINGTON — Shonda Stanton shouts encouragement as young people work through drills, trying to improve their physical condition and athleticism.
EDITOR’S NOTE: When South Carolina scheduled Marshall for a Sept. 19, 1998 football game, the Thundering Herd was supposed to be a relatively easy victory for a Gamecocks team facing a tough Southeastern Conference schedule.
HUNTINGTON - Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick said Saturday that stadium social distancing plans are being assessed for a potential 2020 football season and season ticket holders will have priority should capacity decrease for social distancing purposes due to COVID-19.
Friday, May 22, 2020
HUNTINGTON — Jack Lengyel might have been the only person in the nation convinced that Marshall University would pull one of the greater upsets in college football history Oct. 30, 1971.
HUNTINGTON - New Greenup County girls basketball coach Paul Miller wants to bring stability and a new culture fueled by energy to the program after being tabbed as the program's new leader last week.
HUNTINGTON — West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission executive director Bernie Dolan says he is optimistic that there will be a 2020 high school football season in West Virginia.
Thursday, May 21, 2020
HUNTINGTON - Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick said on Wednesday that, currently, football players are the only players returning to campus for voluntary workouts.
HUNTINGTON - On Wednesday, the NCAA denied a proposal on the one-time transfer waiver, instead deciding to move forward with developing transfer rule legislation for the future.
Cut, cut, cut. There are more cuts going on in college sports these days than during the filming of a Martin Scorsese movie. And some of them are almost as interesting.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
HUNTINGTON - The NCAA's moratorium for on-campus activities expires May 31, opening the door for student-athletes to start voluntary workouts on June 1. While West Virginia University awaits a Big 12 decision, Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick said Herd football players are now en route to campus and are required to self-quarantine upon arrival.
HUNTINGTON — To this day, Marshall University football players and fans who played in or watched the 1987 NCAA Division I-AA national championship game wonder “what if?”
COLUMBUS — During its May meeting Wednesday afternoon, the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors voted unanimously to expand the OHSAA football playoffs from eight schools per region to 12 beginning in the 2021 season.
EDITOR’S NOTE: It was fitting that the wildest season to that point in Marshall University football history ended with possibly the most unbelievable game the Thundering Herd had ever played.
HUNTINGTON - On Wednesday, the NFHS released guidelines for each of its 51 state associations on how to approach bringing back high school athletics for the 2020-21 school year.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
HUNTINGTON - Academic Progress Rate (APR) numbers released Tuesday by the NCAA showed that Marshall's student-athletes in women's sports are excelling in the classroom.
HUNTINGTON — Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and the Ohio High School Athletic Association will work together to develop a plan for high school sports in the fall of 2020.
Returning spring sports game officials who might not get any work this year because of the coronavirus pandemic will receive a discount on their registration fees next season from the Secondary School Activities Commission.
Monday, May 18, 2020
The University of Kentucky fired its cheerleading coaches Monday after an internal investigation determined they failed to oversee off-campus events that included inappropriate behavior by some members of the squad.
EDITOR’S NOTE: When quarterback Chad Pennington went down with an injury, Marshall University football fans thought the Thundering Herd’s Mid-American Conference championship hopes went with him.
HUNTINGTON - If college sports return for the fall of 2020, it will take on a look like none that has been seen in recent history with the student-athlete experience changing dramatically.
HUNTINGTON — If Marshall’s football statistics sheet had categories for heart, determination or desire, Chad Pennington’s numbers likely wouldn’t fit on the page.
The University of Kentucky announced Monday that it has fired all four of its cheerleading coaches after a three-month investigation found instances of "hazing activities, alcohol use and public nudity" by the school's cheerleading team at off-campus events.
Sunday, May 17, 2020
HUNTINGTON - Conference USA's spring meetings - normally held in Destin, Florida - are taking place virtually this week as the league's athletic directors and administration tackle issues for the 2020-21 year.
Saturday, May 16, 2020
HUNTINGTON — The Ohio High School Athletic Association informed member schools Friday night it will lift the no-contact period for six sports beginning May 26.
EDITOR’S NOTE: When Michael Payton began his Marshall University football career, fans weren’t sure whether the youngster had what it took to be quarterback of the Thundering Herd.
HUNTINGTON - Marshall's administration is one of many around collegiate athletics that await Wednesday's NCAA Division I council meeting, which could open a path for college sports to resume on-campus activities on June 1.
Despite rising ticket prices, despite mandatory contributions to keep seats, despite rising concession prices, despite convenient game times being changed to inconvenient by television … . Despite all that and more, fans continue to attend. Yet, in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic, what group of people is the first to be thrown under the bus by professional and collegiate sports leaders?
Friday, May 15, 2020
HUNTINGTON - In 1970, Dan and Mike D'Antoni were teammates for Marshall's men's basketball team. Fifty years later, they are teammates once again - albeit in another game: Bridge.
The start date for college football will need to be decided at least by the middle of the summer, according to West Virginia University’s athletic director, who also happens to be chairman of the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee.
HUNTINGTON — The sound of bat meeting ball, the smell of popcorn and the sight of dust from a close play at second base are on the verge of returning in Ohio.