Marshall Sets Practice Schedule For Fans

Contrary to some early reports, MU football fans will have multiple opportunities to see the Thundering Herd practice this August. "We have...the best fans in the world and I think it is important to give them an opportunity to see the Herd whenever we can," Marshall head coach Mark Snyder said. "We have set aside several practices to allow our fans to watch how we work and build our football team here at the start of camp. We are also going to open up more practices in the following weeks."

Marshall will start with closed practices on August 3rd, 4th and 5th; however, Thundering Herd players and coaches will be available for autographs on Friday evening, August 5th. Fans can come onto the field, check out the new FieldTurf and meet players and coaches from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Fans are encouraged to bring an item (please limit one item per person) to be signed by the Thundering Herd football staff and players.

The following day, on Saturday, August 6th, Herd fans are invited to watch Marshall practice from 3:20 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. at the stadium. It will also be Choose-A-Seat Day, sponsored by Adelphia and Charter Communications which is scheduled for Saturday at the stadium from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Marshall fans who bring in their satellite TV bill and sign up for Adelphia cable television will be given two free Marshall football season tickets, courtesy of Adelphia and Charter Communications. In addition to this, fans are encouraged to Tailgate In The West Lot, and a variety of prizes and awards for the best tailgate will be given away. A Children's Fun Zone, with games, inflatables and activities, will also be open in the West Lot of the stadium.

Marshall will practice in pads for the first time on Monday, August 8, and Herd fans are again invited to attend practice from 3:20 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. The Herd will also conduct another open practice on Saturday, August 13, at 11:30 a.m. that coincides with Marshall's final Choose-A-Seat event. More open practices will be announced at a later date.

"We have a lot of work to do and it is important for our team and our coaches to keep focused when we practice," Snyder said. "We are working to put a product on the field that all of our fans can be proud of and there are some times where we need to limit access to our facilities. I want to thank all of our fans for their dedication to Marshall football."

Join Robert Harper and Woody Woodrum on WRVC 930 AM Monday and Tuesday at 6:05 p.m. for live reports from the Conference USA Football Meetings in Memphis, Tennessee. Chuck Landon will join in on Tuesday with impressions from Marshall players, who report for camp on Tuesday morning. Greg Perry of the Herd Insider will talk with and photograph players as they are fitted for equipment on Tuesday by MU Equipment Manager Rich Worner and his staff Tuesday morning as well. Look for reports here at throughout August and during the season, as well as the Herd Insider, scheduled to be published on August 10th and August 24, the preview of Game One with William and Mary at Joan C. Edwards Stadium at 7:00 p.m. As usual, the pre-game show and kickoff will be on the ISP Sports Radio Network all season. Locally, hear the Herd on "The Dawg" 93.7 FM and 930 AM, WRVC, starting at 5:00 p.m. from the new "Kindred Communications RV," located at the southwest corner of the stadium, near the M-Club plaza.

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