Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Good Move for Herd Hoops

[Okay, two days in a row I post about basketball. Not the primary focus of my blog but nonetheless it's here.]

Marshall University makes a great move by hiring Florida assistant Donnie Jones as their new men's basketball coach. Jones is a solid guy with roots in WV, not to mention he has two national championship rings to his credit as part of the Gators staff.

I met Jones about 50 years ago, okay maybe not 50. It was more like 15 years ago. I was working at the University of Charleston in admissions and Donnie was in a similar capacity at Pikeville College. Our paths crossed a couple of times and he seemed like a great guy. In addition to his admissions duties he was also an assistant basketball coach. Jones played collegiate ball at Pikeville for some coach named Greg White. Needless to say his career has taken him to a bit bigger stage than Pikeville, Kentucky...or Point Pleasant (his hometown) for that matter. But, in true form, West Virginians love to come home.

I look for the Thundering Herd to regain their swagger. This is a great move for Marshall basketball! More info here.

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