Saturday, December 12, 2009

Marshall and Cincinnati Updates

CMU head coach Butch Jones interviewed with Marshall on Friday, getting a tour of the football facilities and speaking with Marshall Athletics Director Mike Hamrick. My sources in Marshall continue to stress to me that Jones is their guy and the Herd are continuing to work on a package to get him as their next head coach, certainly exceeding what the Chippewas can offer him in terms of overall pay.

Despite the lengthy meeting, no decisions or agreements were reached as Cincinnati is also now a player in the Butch Jones sweepstakes with Brian Kelly leaving for Notre Dame. Expect the Bearcats to have an interview with Jones sometime early this week.

The players return to practice on Wednesday in preparation for the GMAC Bowl against Troy. There hasn't been any meeting schedule where Jones will announce his future to the players as others have reported.

Kansas has decided to go with Buffalo coach Turner Gill as the new coach of the Jayhawk football team. Gill has experience in the Big 12, which may have given him the edge over Jones in the hire.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really do not understand the interest in Marshall by BJ. Its not a bcs school and I can't see Marshall buying out Jone's contract from CMU in addition to paying him more than CMU can offer? It doesn't add up.

I don't believe Cinci either. I can see them going within the current program perhaps.

It sure would be nice to get back to talking about the great season CMU has had and the upcoming GMAC bowl instead of this stuff though. I hope it ends soon.

December 12, 2009 at 4:51 PM 
Blogger Drew Ellis said...

Well you have to remember that Cincinnati can offer a lot more money, perhaps 3x what Jones makes here. Kelly elevated his salary from $800k to when he started to well over $1 million when he left. The Bearcats will have to pay the new coach at least seven figures. Jones would have to deal with a lot of scrutiny for following Kelly again, but he would be taking in some good players, especially at quarterback.

December 12, 2009 at 5:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL!! Marshall is a dump.

December 13, 2009 at 11:13 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you think Marshall is a dump...CMU has a hs football stadium.

December 13, 2009 at 11:44 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are hearing down here at Marshall that Jones will be the coach as early as Wed. Nothing is for certain on that but that is what we are being told by some decent sources. Whether want to believe Marshall is any good or not is your opinion but our program has a much bigger name that CMU ever will. We have a great history with Pennington, Moss, Leftwich, Brown, etc coming from here and playing in NFL. Not only that but our facilities are decent and will be getting much better after firing Snyder. The movie based on our program doesn't hurt our name status either. You can't buy publicity like that. Our name is known all of over the world now because of that movie.

December 13, 2009 at 1:29 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marshall a dump? Ahh...Don't be ignorant. Have you even been to Huntington? Marshall has a beautiful campus and a nice stadium, and tradition.

December 13, 2009 at 1:35 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, Marshall IS a crime ridden dump.

December 13, 2009 at 2:44 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marshall is a poor school compared to CMU, but they will still pay Butch more. In spite of the fact that Marshall's total school budget is smaller than CMU's, they still will offer Butch more money. Marshall spends a larger share of their money on football than MAC schools, because to Marshall football is more important than academics.

December 13, 2009 at 3:30 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For you guys that say Marshall is not an upgrade, your crazy. I've been down there several times when we played them in the Mac. They have much better tradition, a nicer stadium and they play in a better conference C-USA. There is a reason they are in C-USA and we are stuck in the Mac. Its a really nice campus. There fans are great. Talk about a dump, I remember going to Morgantown to see us play WVU and there fans do even come close to the people in Huntington and Marshall. Marshall has much more class than those idiots in Morgantown. I hate to see Butch go but It is an upgrade for him and he will win soon. He can win there, get paid more money and have a shot at landing in a big bowl and an even bigger gig if he can get Marshall moving back in the right direction. I have nothing but respect for coach Jones or Marshall university. He'll have them in the top 15 in a few short years and this Chip will be rooting from them. No hard feeling from me. Fire up Chips!

December 13, 2009 at 4:07 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been to Huntington several times and the place is a dump. The atmosphere at CMU exceeds anything at Marshall. I will say that the Elks Lodge in Huntington is a great one!

December 13, 2009 at 4:36 PM 
Anonymous Bob said...

The fans at Marshall are awesome. And its an awesome football environment. Me and my wife made several trips to Huntington during the days when Marshall was in the Mac. Nothing but class from those fans. I concur with the responder before me, when we went to WVU (the other West Virginia school)in 2007 we were treated awful before and after the game. The worst I have ever been treated at an athletic event. At Marshall we were welcomed to tailgate and they always had nice things to say about our program. The stadium is nice and everbody is good. I root for Marshall unless of course they are playing our Chips! .

December 13, 2009 at 5:40 PM 
Anonymous Tommy said...

Memories of my young adult life going to Marshall. I now reside in Grand Rapids Michigan but went to school at Marshall and lived in Barboursville WV for a short time. I love that area. The campus is beautiful. If you want to see a beautiful campus you dont have to look no further. Here is the vitual tour of campus. See for yourself and dont listen to the ignorant people who want to trash talk this great university.

December 13, 2009 at 5:59 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the nice comments about our fans and town. WVU treats people like crap, we try to be their polar opposite in that regard. All that being said, I don't think we have a shot at Butch, it is currently a lateral move for him and he will get a BCS offer. If not from UC, then by someone else next year.

December 15, 2009 at 6:20 PM 

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