There was a lot of green at the Greenbrier Classic this weekend. Much of it was in the form of t-shirts and golf shirts worn by the many Marshall fans that were in attendance.
Some of it was also worn by the Thundering Herd’s most visible athletic coaches, Doc Holliday in football and Tom Herrion in men’s basketball.
The two have become very close. They were both hired in the same year and they are both entering their second seasons. They have spent much of the last two springs preaching the Marshall message to Big Green Clubs around the region.
Among the stops they make each spring are places like Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Logan, Williamson, Beckley, Bluefield, Charleston, Columbus, Cincinnati and others.
Both coaches are also trying to breathe new life into a program that has been struggling to win since taking a step up to Conference USA.
On Friday morning the two coaches made an appearance with Hoppy Kercheval on the MetroNews State-wide Talkline show. Herrion talked about many subjects including his excitement about adding newcomer Justin Coleman to his roster.
Holliday talked about his challenging 2011 schedule. After the interview, he was asked if this might be the toughest schedule in Marshall history. He responded by saying, "you know what, I think the 1971 team played the toughest schedule in Marshall history. I am still amazed at how that team competed the year after the plane crash."