I'm far from a WVU fan, but on top of a former player passing away today, this one has to hurt. I think most Mountaineer fans would have rather seen Bill Stewart leave for Huntington rather than Holliday, and there could be some assistants packing as well. I consider Marshall my second team in college football, so I am really happy with this hire.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP)óMarshall athletic director Mike Hamrick says West Virginia assistant John ďDocĒ Holliday has signed a five-year contract to coach the Thundering Herd.
Hamrick says Holliday will be paid $600,000 per season. The school has scheduled a news conference for 2 p.m. Thursday to introduce Holliday.
Holliday replaces Mark Snyder, who resigned Nov. 29 after going 22-37 in five seasons.
Itís the first head coaching job for the 52-year-old Holliday after three decades as an assistant, most of them with the Mountaineers. He has the task of restoring respectability to a program that hasnít had a winning season since 2003.
Defensive coordinator Rick Minter will coach Marshall (6-6) in the Little Caesarís Pizza Bowl in Detroit on Dec. 26.