Marshall Inks 3 Game Deal with Miami Hurricanes

It's now official: Defending national champs (and Big East powerhouse) the Miami Hurricanes have agreed to a 2-for-1 deal with Marshall. History was made today as the deal was made official. The first game at Miami is in 2007, while the Hurricanes will visit Huntington in 2011.

It was announced today the signing of a three-game football contract between the two schools. The contract calls for the Thundering Herd to visit the Orange Bowl to play the Hurricanes on Sept. 1, 2007 and Sept. 22, 2012 with the 'Canes making an appearance in Huntington on Sept. 10, 2011.

"We are very excited to finalize this deal to play the Hurricanes," West said. "Miami is obviously one of the top programs in all of college football, having won five national championships and posting three runner-up finishes. Having an opportunity to bring an opponent like this to Huntington is something we are always looking to do."

Marshall currently holds an all-time record of 3-10 against current members of the Big East Conference, but is 1-1 against schools from that league since the league's formation in 1991.

"One of the priorities of our fans has been for us to schedule name teams to come to Huntington," Marshall coach Bob Pruett said. "Now that we have Miami, we have two of the most recent national champions, along with Tennessee, on the schedule to play in Huntington.

"I think the fact that we have been able to schedule home games against teams like this shows the level of respect out program has gained outside the state of West Virginia. Hopefully, we will be able to announce more of these types of games in the very near future."

The Herd is scheduled to play Big East member Virginia Tech on Sept. 12 of this year and again during the 2005 season. The Herd's last Big East opponent was Temple in 1999 a game Marshall won 34-0 in Huntington.

The Hurricanes are 5-0 all-time against members of the Mid-American Conference. The 'Canes last played a MAC opponent in 1987, defeating Toledo 24-14 and Miami (Ohio) 54-3 that year.

The games with Miami join a solid list of future Herd opponents. Among those are Troy State (2003-04), Tennessee (2003, '06, '09, '10), LSU (2003), Georgia (2004), Ohio State (2004), Virginia Tech (2005) and Wisconsin (2007).

Marshall will face Appalachian State, Virginia Tech and Troy State in non-conference games this fall.

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