By JACK BOGACZYK
HERD INSIDER SENIOR EDITOR
HUNTINGTON – As Marshall Athletic Director Mike Hamrick continues to hit the road for the 2013 Big Green Coaches’ Tour stops, he has plenty of good news to spread.
Hamrick returned from the Conference USA spring meetings in Destin, Fla., last week, and the Thundering Herd spring includes NCAA tournament or championships participation in softball, men’s golf and track and field.
And while the present has been plenty good, the future looks rosy to the fourth-year Herd AD, too. In a Thursday interview in his Shewey Building office, Hamrick discussed what’s ahead in football, soccer and C-USA.
As a prelude to his annual print version of his college football annual, Phil Steele put Marshall at No. 38 in his top 40 earlier this week – just ahead of nos. 39-40 Kansas State and North Carolina, and just behind Nos. 35-37 Tulsa, Baylor and BYU, respectively.
Steele also forecast an improved Herd defense to play “as much as 2 TDs better” than last year’s defense, and gave Coach Doc Holliday’s club “the elite designation of my No. 1 Most Improved Team in the country.”
“That’s great for us,” Hamrick said. “Phil Steele and his people really do their homework, and usually have a pretty good handle on what’s going to happen. We’re really looking forward to the season. You can just feel the momentum building.”