Jan. 24, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.-Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato, Conference USA’s reigning Offensive Player of the Year, and Coach Doc Holliday will serve as guest speakers Sunday at the Big Atlantic Classic banquet at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.
Floor tickets for the banquet, which include a meal, can be purchased for $40. Those who don’t want to eat can get seats in the stands. Those are $7.50 for adults and $2.50 for students. The dinner is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m., with Cato and Holliday set to address the crowd at 1:30. Tickets can be purchased at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center box office or online at www.beckleyconventioncenter.com.
The event kicks off the Big Atlantic Classic Basketball Tournament, which is directed by Marshall alum and Greenbrier chairman/CEO Jim Justice, who gave $5 million the Marshall Athletics’ Vision Campaign last year.
“Rakeem and I would like to thank Jim for the opportunity to speak in Beckley Sunday,” said Holliday. “His support of, not only Marshall football, but our entire athletic program, is second to none and we owe him a debt of gratitude for all he has done.”
The Herd (10-4) finished 29th overall in the final USA Today Coaches Poll after it recorded its first double-digit win season since 2002. Marshall capped the campaign with a 31-20 win over Maryland in the Military Bowl for its second bowl victory in three years.
Cato heads into 2014 as the FBS active leader in consecutive games with a TD pass (32). The FBS record is 38 consecutive games by Russell Wilson (NC State/Wisconsin). He has 13 300-yard passing games in his three seasons and ranks second in school history in TD passes (91) and touchdowns accounted for (98) and third in career completions (886), passing yards (10,176) and total offense (10,533).