CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The color of choice Thursday night at the Charleston Embassy Suites was green, for the Paint the Capital City Green celebration.
It’s the largest annual indoor pep rally for Marshall Thundering Herd alumni, fans and friends and it was apparent Herd fans are ready to get this season started.
“First game is coming up, I’ve already got my tickets, family is ready to go down and tailgate, we couldn’t be more excited,” said Marshall fan Casey Jordan, from Charleston.
Jordan said his kids even know it’s time for football.
“I love the fact that my kids, I have a 10-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son, and they’ve already asked me do I have the tickets and they are ready to tailgate,” he said. “So that tells me it’s time for football season.”
Fans do not have to wait very long as the Herd opens the 2013 Football Season in Huntington next Saturday against Miami of Ohio. Delegate Danny Wells said he can’t wait.
“I’m looking forward to this year and looking forward to seeing what the Herd can do,” he said.
So what is the Herd going to do this year? Well many fans believe they are going to do a lot. Just ask Jordan.
“We’re hoping to come out with maybe ten wins, nine wins and it’s going to be an exciting year,” he said. “High expectations and we are excited to see what Cato does this year.”
Vicki Griffith of Charleston said this year belongs to the Herd.
“In the past few years we’ve lost several games by just a few points. This year I think we are going to win by large margins,” she said. “I really think we will win about ten games and go to a bowl.”
Griffith believes the offense and the defense has gotten better and thinks it should be a good year. Wells believes the team should be better this year as well since they have made some good changes.
“It think that we’ve had a number of recruits that the coaching staff has signed and I think we are now starting to build that depth that we needed which I think has been missing and it’s gotten a lot better over the last two or three years,” said Wells.
On top of seeing the team play this year, fans are also excited to get back into that home field experience in Huntington.
“I think it’s one of the most exciting places in really the country to be at a game at Marshall at home and I think it’s been that way for a number of years and I think the enthusiasm is fantastic,” said Wells.
Griffith said however, people don’t truly understand that experience until they become a part of the Herd.
“There is just a special bond between the Marshall community and the Herd, no matter what sport whether soccer, baseball, basketball,” she said. “There’s just a special bond between the fans and the school.”
The special bond will be on display for the first time this season next Saturday.