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Doug Smock

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Defense now a strength for Western Kentucky


HUNTINGTON — In the preseason handicapping of the East Division race in Conference USA, two variables were difficult to predict:

n How well would M...

Conference USA notebook: Southern Miss, La. Tech meet for West crown


The Holtz coaching tree runs wide and deep, and will be on display at the other Conference USA “semifinal,” Saturday’s game between host Louisiana Tech and Southern Mississippi.

It will be a hi...

Marshall defense readies for another bout with Doughty


HUNTINGTON — So how do you game-plan for Brandon Doughty?

As the Western Kentucky quarterback showed last year against Marshall, he can sense what the defense wants to accomplish...

Morehead State whips Herd 85-61


MOREHEAD, Ky. — Morehead State is not only turning the tables in the long-running basketball rivalry with Marshall, the Eagle...

Marshall basketball gets set for clash with Morehead State


HUNTINGTON — In game two of the Marshall basketball season, the key word is “finish.”

As the Thundering Herd returns to action tonight, the memory of losing a 16-po...

Grudge match looms for Marshall, Western Kentucky


HUNTINGTON — Western Kentucky kicker Garrett Schwettman summed up the state affairs between his team and Marshall in eight words.

“The two schools already don’t lik...

Doug Smock: After bye, business picks up for Herd


HUNTINGTON — On the 12th week, the Marshall football team rested.

Take a deep breath. The Herd could, should be playing its two or three most compelling games of the season.


Division II Newberry pushes tempo, beats Marshall in exhibition


HUNTINGTON — Newberry may be a Division II basketball program, but it gave Marshall a cold, hard lesson in super-tempo basketball.

The Wolves ran at the Thundering Herd without a...

Marshall football notebook: Reaves gets his punt return TD


HUNTINGTON — He nearly ran out of games, but Deandre Reaves has his punt return touchdown.

Reaves has two touchdowns on kickoff returns, in the 2014 bowl game against Northern I...

Marshall football pummels FIU 52-0


HUNTINGTON — They wanted to wear black uniforms, wanted to send the seniors off the right way and wanted to honor that “75” on their helmets.

Marshall players accom...

Marshall to host Newberry in hoops exhibition Sunday


HUNTINGTON — Not that Newberry will be confused with Tennessee, but the Marshall basketball team stands to receive a tougher test in its second exhibition game this afternoon.


Herd has no margin for error today vs. FIU


HUNTINGTON — For Marshall, the playoffs have arrived and the quarterfinals are here.

It’s that simple.

For the Thundering Herd, the road to repeating as Conference U...

Notebook: Conference USA teams vying for bowl eligibility


While division leaders take a siesta, other Conference USA teams continue their scramble for a bowl berth and Southern Mississippi will try to pull into a tie for the West Division lead.

Louisiana Tech (7-3, 5-1 C-...

Marshall’s seniors helped change Herd football program


Davonte Allen: He has grown into the team’s leading receiver this year, catching 49 passes for 590 yards with five touchdowns. Career-wise, he has 89 receptions for 1,487 yards and 13 scores.


Marshall downs Bluefield State 112-75 in hoops exhibition


HUNTINGTON — The earliest glimpse of how exciting this Marshall basketball team can be came on the very first possession Thursday night, when Aleksa Nikolic threw an alley-oop to James...

Herd has eyes on FIU’s Leonard, Smith


HUNTINGTON — One can expect Florida International to sport an athletic football team, at the least. The school is based in Miami, where speedy athletes abound.

But as Marshall si...

In D’Antoni’s second season, Marshall men’s basketball team remains ‘work in progress’


HUNTINGTON — The system of Dan D’Antoni is established. The players, for the most part, are not.

That’s the situation with Marshall’s men’s basketball...

Cemetery run helps Herd appreciate legacy of 1970


HUNTINGTON — The run to the cemetery is physically taxing. It can tax the emotions, too.

It’s a summertime tradition in the Marshall football program. Players begin in the...

Marshall notebook: Herd in bounce-back mode after loss


HUNTINGTON — Marshall has lost only seven times in the last three seasons, equaling the seven losses in 2012.

That the Thundering Herd is 31-7 since 2013 speaks to talent and dev...

Emotional game awaits Marshall football seniors


HUNTINGTON — Forget the tired, predictable “this is a big game because it’s the next game” chatter. On Saturday, Marshall is playing a big game.

And itȁ...

Marshall women will lean on Scott, local talent this season


HUNTINGTON — Last winter, Marshall’s women’s basketball team ventured where few other Thundering Herd teams have gone.

Coach Matt Daniel’s team finished 17-1...

Middle Tennessee edges Marshall in triple overtime


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. After the latest reshuffling of Conference USA, Marshall was lacking a house of horrors.

The Thundering Herd now has one ...

Marshall notebook: Injuries hit Herd late


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. Marshall got through 60 minutes Saturday against Middle Tennessee without adding to its long, painful list of injuries.


Marshall hoping to avoid late-season surprise vs. Middle Tennessee


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. In the Doc Holliday era at Marshall, Novembers are remembered, most of them fondly.

The Thundering Herd is 22-6 after Oct...

Marshall notebook: Punting battle could loom large vs. Middle Tennessee


HUNTINGTON — Sometimes you need to see how the other half lives to truly appreciate what you have. In Marshall’s game this week, special teams are an example.

The Thunderi...

Middle Tennessee QB will challenge Marshall pass defense


HUNTINGTON — Like many prospective college students, Brent Stockstill planned to go to college away from home.

The idea of breaking free, getting away from Mom and Dad is appeali...

Conference USA notes: Divisional races could go down to the wire


HUNTINGTON — It would be good theater for Conference USA if Thanksgiving weekend turns into the league championship semifinals.

How about Marshall at Western Kentucky for the Eas...

Davonte Allen’s emergence with Herd turning heads


HUNTINGTON — In his three-decade coaching career, Doc Holliday has tutored wide receivers for almost two decades off and on while at West Virginia and North Carolina State.

So wh...

Thundering Herd vs. Raiders turning into nice rivalry


HUNTINGTON — In a warped sort of way, both of Marshall’s games against Middle Tennessee have represented important milestones.

OK, there have been four games between the t...

Marshall a rare underdog vs. Middle Tennessee


HUNTINGTON — Marshall enters its game at Middle Tennessee State with an 8-1 record, 5-0 in Conference USA.

Middle Tennessee is 3-...

Injuries continue to plague Marshall foe Middle Tennessee


Middle Tennessee had an open week before the upcoming game with Marshall, but it appears the aches and pains did not magically subside.

Coach Rick Stockstill didn’t bring good news on the injury front during...

Marshall trounces Charlotte 34-10


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Marshall’s first-half blitzkrieg of Charlotte was a milestone in the development of Chase Litton.

His personal-best-shattering 486 yards in the Thunderin...

Marshall notebook: Allen’s breakout game started early


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When Chase Litton’s throws to Davonte Allen were less than perfect, Allen adjusted well enough to make them both look good.

Catching perfect and imperfec...

Marshall looking for more touchdowns vs. Charlotte


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Marshall’s offense has been getting the job done the last six weeks, as far as wins go. You can’t beat 6-0, right?

But nobody’s really happ...

Marshall foe Charlotte’s still in football infancy


Marshall College’s 30th recorded football game came on Oct. 8, 1904, a 6-0 loss to Portsmouth (Ohio) High School.

At the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the 30th game has yet to be played. That wi...

Charlotte earning respect with defense, run game


HUNTINGTON — In taking the fast track from football infancy to Conference USA, Brad Lambert didn’t take the easy path.

There’s not a lot of gimmickry in the third-y...

Conference USA notes: Southern Miss seeks to become bowl eligible


Two of Conference USA’s better turnaround stories, Southern Mississippi and Florida International, are in good shape to land in bowl games. Southern Miss could punch its ticket Saturday.

Meanwhile, Louisian...

Marshall adds to schedule difficulty with Boise State agreement


HUNTINGTON — Marshall has tackled the strength-of-schedule situation in football head-on. From here, only the sands of time will tell how well.

Marshall basketball: Kelly itching for first live game action with Herd


HUNTINGTON — No, Dan D’Antoni is not about to compare James Kelly with LeBron James. But he did find an occasion to put the two names in the same sentence.

“James [...

Marshall football notebook: Herd plays musical chairs at right guard


HUNTINGTON — Playing four different right guards in a game usually spells trouble. Marshall coach Doc Holliday said he lost a few games when that happened, but his Thundering Herd won ...

C-USA makes MacLeod first female FBS commissioner


Judy MacLeod has been involved in college athletics administration for about 25 years and with Conference USA for 10, which has prepared her for the challenge of being a new commissioner.

Doug Smock: Marshall should stick with scheduling philosophy


HUNTINGTON — For Marshall fans who are unexcited about their team’s recent home-and-home scheduling of Cincinnati, I bring you an exhibit of how not to schedule.

I bring y...

Marshall’s 30-13 victory keeps North Texas winless


HUNTINGTON — Marshall’s offense bogged down for most of the final three quarters and didn’t score a second-half touchdown Saturday against what might be Conference USA&#x...

Marshall notebook: Johnson’s injury woes continue


HUNTINGTON — Marshall’s backfield will have to carry on without Devon Johnson until further notice.

Johnson, the senior who rushed for 1,767 yards and set the single-game ...

Marshall’s focus key today vs. winless North Texas


HUNTINGTON — The overriding mission for Marshall is to focus, to improve every day. To prepare for the “faceless opponent,” if you will.

The Thundering Herd isn...

Conference USA notebook: Charlotte program gains some confidence


They still may not win a conference game all season, but the Charlotte 49ers picked up a confidence boost last weekend in a 37-34 loss to Old Dominion.

Considering the step back ODU (3-3, 1-1 Conference USA) has ta...

Marshall lands home-and-home football series with Cincinnati


In this new era of college football, the lesser-resourced “Group of 5” gets one chance to bowl with the big boys each year, and it behooves a team to play the best of its peers.

And Marshall athletic ...

Marshall expects the unexpected from North Texas QB


HUNTINGTON — A week ago, Marshall’s defense was preparing to play a veteran, mobile quarterback in Florida Atlantic’s Jaquez Johnson.

The Thundering Herd didnȁ...

Marshall’s Edmonds battling back from 2nd knee surgery


HUNTINGTON — Marshall senior Justin Edmonds has an unfortunate barometer of his progress from knee surgery.

“It’s doing good, a lot better than last year, around th...

Marshall notebook: Injured Van Horn still mentoring


HUNTINGTON — It’s not known if or when Clint Van Horn will return to action, but he remains an active force on the Marshall offensive line.

Van Horn has played only 2 ...