Marshall announced on Monday that they will be forming a search committee to help identify potential replacements for Doc Holliday who announced that same day that his contract with the University will be allowed to expire at the end of June 2021.
While what happens at Marshall rarely affects WVU, there is always an interest in who the Herd will choose as their next head coach as more times than not there are WVU ties involved. This time is no different.
Multiple reports have indicated that both former and a current Mountaineer coach are on the initial list.
Gerad Parker is in his first season as the Mountaineers offensive coordinator. Parker’s ties to the Herd go back to 2011-2012 when he was the wide receivers coach at Marshall. Gerad also grew up close to Marshall, just over the border in Kentucky.
Tony Gibson is well known to WVU fans. Gibson was at WVU from 2001-2007 under, then coach, Rich Rodriguez. Gibson came back for a second stint to Morgantown from 2012-2018 where he eventually became the defensive coordinator before leaving WVU for NC State.
Another familiar name is Ja’Juan Seider, who is currently the running backs coach at Penn State. Seider was with the Mountaineers from 2008-2009 as a grad assistant before coming back in 2013 as the running backs coach. Seider left WVU after the 2016 season for Florida before ultimately ending up in Happy Valley.
Ultimately this will have no bearing on WVU football. Or will it? Seider and Gibson are very good recruiters, especially with in-state talent. Some have speculated that one reason Holliday fell out of favor at Marshall was his lack of recruiting within the borders of the state. Yes, Marshall does have in-state kids, just not to the extent many had hoped.
You can expect Marshall to put a much deeper focus on West Virginia athletes, especially if Sieder or Gibson are named the next head coach. This is not to say that Marshall will beat WVU for top in-state talent, but it is entirely possible that those kids that receive late preferred walkon’s to WVU will receive scholarship offers to Marshall. Long story short, Marshall will attempt to compete more than in years past.
At the time of this article there was no indication that any of these coaches listed have been contacted or shown interest. But this is an interesting list that may have a small bearing on WVU recruiting in the future if one of these coaches ultimately gets the nod.
Other names mentioned have been Byron Leftwich and Chad Pennington, both former quarterbacks at Marshall.