The Word on the Herd Archive
8/25/16 MCGILL: Volleyball team needs to be '18 strong' this season
8/24/16 MCGILL: Herd makes record-breaking gains in weight room
8/21/16 MCGILL: Herd Knocks -- Rev's message inspires football team
8/20/16 MCGILL: Herd Knocks -- Marching Thunder grinds through its version of camp
8/19/16 MCGILL: Herd Knocks -- The weight room is an important part of camp recovery
8/15/16 MCGILL: Herd Knocks -- Camp has evolved since AD's playing days
8/11/16 MCGILL: Women's Soccer Seniors Ready For Chemistry Test
8/10/16 MCGILL: Herd Knocks -- Behind the Scenes of Camp's Start
7/26/16 MCGILL: This is the First Story of the Rest of My Life
6/28/16 BOGACZYK: Herd's Thompson Wants to Add to Strong Career
6/24/16 BOGACZYK: Butler Calms Inner `Jumps,' Reaches NCAA
6/23/16 BOGACZYK: Herd Seeks One Foe to Join Ohio State, Cincinnati, Pitt
6/20/16 BOGACZYK: Dunn Brings Deep Resume to Herd Staff
6/17/16 BOGACZYK: Herd's Kellerman Taking Libero Talents Overseas
MCGILL: Men's soccer team reloads, ready for opener
The Word on the Herd -- Aug. 26, 2016
“I don’t even think about it as rebuilding anymore,” said Tommy Trupo, a rising senior from Charleston Catholic High School. “It’s reload. We lost a big group of seniors and four or five of them were very important, but we still brought back five or six starters."
“We want to claim 18 strong. We have 18 players on this team and it’s impossible to keep 18 players happy, so a big motto is we want to be 18 strong. If you are a player who knows you’re not going to play during matches, you have to play hard during practices to make those players better so you know when we’re winning on the court you know you’ve had something to do with it.”
It took 12 years for James Rouse to equal Chris Massey’s 500-pound bench press record for the Marshall University football program. It took one offseason for three current players to knock them out of the shared top spot.
Sharon Baptist Church, located on South 5th Street in Ironton, routinely welcomes more than 200 people each Sunday morning for service. On this Sunday, however, the 400-seat sanctuary is at maximum capacity because the Marshall University football team, coaches, support staff and athletic administration are among the attendees.
They, like Marshall University’s football team, hold an August training camp on turf. They sweat and strain as the August sun torments them. And their place in college football is as secure as tailgates and mascots. They are the Marching Thunder.
There are days during training camp in which the last player might walk off the football field at dusk. It might seem against conventional wisdom that the same player could find it useful to be in the weight room shortly after dawn the next day, but Marshall head strength and conditioning coach Luke Day believes in the day-after recovery process.
The two weeks of training camp are critical for the coaches and players. They are crucial to development and they are revealing because of the rigors and grind of camp. The days are long and the circumstances challenging. It can reveal character.
Last year’s Marshall women’s soccer team compiled a 15-4-3 overall record, 6-2-2 Conference USA mark, second-place regular season finish and tournament championship game appearance.
The television show Hard Knocks, an HBO and NFL Films reality documentary series, is in its 12th season. It is a show that follows professional football players, coaches and front office personnel through the journey of preseason training camp.
My 15-year career in newspapers ended last week when I left my position as sports editor of the Charleston Gazette-Mail. Yesterday was my first day of employment at Marshall University. My new role: Assistant Athletic Director for Fan/Donor Engagement and Communications.