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Herrion Out As MU Hoops Coach

Reported: Mar. 14, 2014 4:23 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 14, 2014 4:52 PM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Kennie Bass) - After four years, 67 wins and 67 losses, Marshall University men's basketball coach Tom Herrion is out of a job.

Herrion submitted his resignation to athletic director Mike Hamrick, but there's little doubt if Herrion had not made the decision to leave, it would have been made for him.

"I have high expectations," Hamrick said. "I sensed this year there was not a lot of energy in our program and I sensed apathy within our fan base."

Herrion got off to a strong start at Marshall, making it to the post-season in his first two years, including Marshall's first bid to the National Invitation Tournament in more than two decades.

However, the program sputtered the last two seasons, posting losing records, including tying an all-time Marshall mark in futility by suffering 22 defeats this season.

"We were all at the games this year in February, March," Hamrick said. "We saw the crowds. We saw the lack of enthusiasm, the lack of crowd in that building. That's not how you build a program."

Hamrick estimates the university still owes Herrion about $571,000. He said that will be paid through ticket sales and private donations and that Herrion will get his money in a lump sum payment within 30 days.

Hamrick said the search for a new coach is underway, and that he will not have anything else to say until he introduces the person he hires.

"Someone who runs the program the right way," Hamrick said. "Tom ran the program the right way. Someone who values the academic side of it, Tom did that. But at the end of the day we just didn't win enough games."



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