Is there any seat hotter than Tom Herrion’s in Huntington? The Marshall head basketball coach has a record of 6-12, (0-3 in Conf. USA). I just hope that Williamson native Mark Cline can get a shot as head coach if Herrion is sent packing.
Cline deserves the chance. As a longtime assistant in Division One, he is one of the best recruiters around. Cline is one of Herrion’s top assistants at Marshall University. However, if a team continues to have a losing record, it may be difficult for the Athletic Department to move up an assistant coach.
But, we’ll see.
… Speaking of hot seats, Russell High School head football coach Ivan McGlone, who is 75, has been fired. He served as Russell’s coach for 38 years. He overcame several health setbacks to remain the head coach and never missed a game. He suffered a heart attack and underwent major heart surgery last spring. McGlone was known for his run-oriented wing-T offense.
His teams have had some classic matchups with the Belfry Pirates in years past, but the Red Devils have not been a factor the last few seasons.
McGlone is the seventh-winningest coach in Kentucky history with a record of 316-151. The Red Devils won Class AAA state titles in 1978 and 2005 and finished runner-up in 2006.
Tug Valley Lady Panther point guard Adreana Vance was injured in the Chapmanville game. According to her mother, Tonya Vance, her daughter tore a hamstring and will miss at least three weeks. She is hoping to return later in the season or before tournament time.
Vance, a junior, was a member of the WDN All-Area team last year along with teammate Hannah Armstrong. Armstrong, a senior, has also missed some games this season due to a back injury. Last year Armstrong was hampered by a bad ankle sprain.
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… Joe Mazzulla’s little brother is reportedly following in his big brother’s footsteps. Justin Mazzulla is making a name for himself as a freshman point guard in Providence, R.I. Of course Joe was one of the gutsiest players and point guards ever at West Virginia University.
Let’s hope WVU will have a shot at recruiting the younger Mazzulla in a couple of years. At 6’ 2”, the younger Mazzulla is about the same height as his brother, who is now an assistant coach at Fairmont State. He had previously coached at Glenville State.
… WVU defensive lineman Will Clarke played in the East - West Shrine game on Saturday. This should help his draft status. The game was televised on the NFL Network.
… Meanwhile, Marshall tight end Gator Hoskins has been invited to participate in the 2014 Senior Bowl in Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. The game will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 4 p.m. and will be televised on NFL Network.
… And one more Marshall note, Doc Holliday has received a commitment from Emanuel Beal, a wide receiver from Powder Springs, Ga. He has been ranked as a 3-star recruit. Beal announced his commitment to the Thundering Herd via Twitter.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at email@example.com or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or Twitter @KyleLovern)