For those Marshall fans living outside of Huntington and with the 'big' satellite dishes (KU Band), the Bowling Green game will offer up a first: Only those with satellite access will be able to watch the Herd and Falcons go at it this Saturday night.
If you live locally, then no TV.
According to sources, the game broadcast that will be offered up will be a combination of the 'HerdVision' feed (shown on Marshall's new Daktronics video board in the stadium) as video, and the Thundering Herd/ISP Sports Radio Network feed providing the audio portion of the broadcast.
"Even though Saturday's game will not be televised locally, we realize that the only way for many loyal Marshall fans living outside of the area to see the game is through a telecast," MU President Dan Angel said. "Therefore, we have decided to make the game available to those fans via satellite."
This somewhat reverses a decision earlier in the week to effectively 'black out' the game in its entirety, as no television coverage at all was planned.
"We recognize that there is a large contingent of Marshall fans across the country who are simply unable to attend every game," Marshall coach Bob Pruett said. "We want to make sure we provide those fans with every opportunity to gather and cheer on the Herd."
This marks the first game, since Marshall Stadium was built in 1991, that won't be televised either locally or regionally.
In other game-related notes...
*Bowling Green comes into Saturday's contest nipping on the heels of the Herd in the AP rankings. Marshall was ranked 41st last week, while Bowling Green came in at the #49 spot. The winner of this contest will have a huge leg up in the MAC East race.
*Bowling Green, despite two losses to Marshall in the last three years, still leads the all-time series between the two schools. BGSU has won 19 to Marshall's 6 wins. This records goes back to Marshall's first stint in the MAC more than 30 years ago.
*In an effort to honor the nation's military, law enforcement, and emergency personnel, all uniformed members of those groups will be admitted free to the MU-BGSU game this Saturday night. "By coming together as a community this Saturday, we can show that we are not going to be intimidated by these terrorist attacks, and that we will continue to congregate anytime we want to," said Marshall president Dan Angel earlier in the week. "At the same time, we want to honor those who stand in harm's way, those who protect us every day."
*Expect a bit of a delay when entering Marshall Stadium this weekend. In response to the recent attacks in New York and Washington, DC, additional security measures will be in effect immediately for games in Marshall Stadium. Backpacks, tote bags, and other carryalls won't be allowed. All personal items will be subject to search upon entry to the stadium. Arrive early.
*A great reason to arrive early will be to catch the national anthem, which will be sung by Marshall player Michael 'Kool-Aid' Owens. Owens and the entire Marshall team will sing the anthem at 6:49pm on Saturday night.