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Marshall is officially on the market for their next head football coach. The university did not extend the contract of Doc Holliday, who had been with the program for eleven seasons, leaving a void they hope to fill in a timely manner.
The speculation has begun regarding who will be the next head man of the Herd. Bruce Feldman of The Athletic published a piece this afternoon, listing seven potential replacements for Holliday in Huntington. Included in this short list were three former or current WVU coaches.
The first listed is current WVU offensive coordinator Gerad Parker. After coming to WVU just this season, Parker helped improve a Mountaineer offense that struggled mightily in 2019. He has previously spent time with the Herd before as their wide receivers coach, per Feldman. Parker is assumed to be a hot target for the job.
Ja’Juan Seider is the former running backs coach for the Mountaineers. He spent his time in Morgantown during the Dana Holgorsen era, coaching talented players like Charles Sims, Wendell Smallwood, and Kennedy McKoy. Seider also spent time with the Herd prior to coming to WVU.
Last but not least is a name all too familiar with WVU fans. Tony Gibson, the former WVU defensive coordinator, has moved on to coach the NC State Wolfpack, also serving as their coordinator. He has no ties to the Herd, but is also listed as a potential replacement for Holliday.
If these are legitimate names on Marshall’s list, it appears that they will be following the lead of their big brother. After all, if you can’t beat them, why not bring one of their own aboard?