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An Open Letter to Herd Fans From Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick

Jan. 20, 2011

Dear Herd Fans,

I want to thank everyone who was in the Charleston Civic Center last night, wearing green and cheering on our men's basketball team to victory. Thank you for being there. Thank you for your loud, enthusiastic support.

However, I would like to say I was surprised that more of our fans were not there. Quite frankly, I am puzzled by the large number of fans from WVU that seem to be sitting in the Marshall sections. If you have tickets in those sections, we would prefer you not give those away to friends from the other school. We want you to be there. The building is supposed to be divided evenly. For future Capital Classic games, we need to have the building half-full of fans wearing green and white.

The same situation is true next fall in football when we play in Morgantown. We need Marshall Fans to be there. We need you to be loud, supportive of our team, and to have an impact on the game. Put it on your calendar. Let's all plan on being in Morgantown for that first football game on Sept. 3rd.

In basketball, our team played their hearts out in Charleston on Wednesday night. Our players and our coaches overcame some incredible adversity. We suffered injuries. We had many players in foul trouble. Yet, we persevered. We need our fans to persevere also. We have several big home games coming up, including this Saturday night against East Carolina. We need you in the building and we need you to be loud and involved. You will also be helping out Coach Holliday and our football staff by being there. This is a big weekend for them also.

Finally, I want to praise Tom Herrion and his staff for doing an incredible coaching job on Wednesday night and our students for their incredible support. For the WVU game, our students have to pay for their tickets. They do not receive free tickets for that game. Yet, they were there and they were a factor in the game. Their enthusiasm gave me goose bumps at many times during the game.



Thanks for your continued support of our program. The future is very bright. Make sure you are in the Henderson Center for all of our remaining home games.

Go Herd!,

Mike Hamrick