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Marshall dismisses Tyler King, Herd’s second-leading rusher

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Marshall running back Tyler King has been dismissed from the program. In a brief statement released by the university, Marshall announced King has been removed for a violation of team rules.

“Marshall running back Tyler King has been dismissed due to a violation of team rules and policies,” a statement from Marshall read. “The department will have no further comment regarding this matter.”

What the violation of team rules was is unknown, and Marshall is not about to provide any further detail on the situation. Regardless, the sudden loss of one of the top running backs certainly could hurt the depth at the running back position as King was expected to once again be a solid contributor in the running game.

King appeared in each of Marshall’s first two games this season and he was the team’s second-leading rusher behind Brendan Knox. King had rushed for 91 yards, including 16 in Marshall’s loss at Boise State this past weekend. Knox rushed for 655 yards and four touchdowns in 2018 and 820 yards and seven touchdowns in 2017.

Marshall, Ohio announce extension of ‘Battle for the Bell’ rivalry

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A little over a week from today, Marshall and Ohio will renew its “Battle for the Bell” rivalry. Ahead of that renewal, both schools announced an extension of the series with a future home-and-home.

On Sept. 20, 2025, the Bobcats will make the trek to Huntington, WV, to take on the Thundering Herd. On Sept. 11, 2027, the Herd will make the return trip to Athens.

“I am excited to announce a two-year extension of our series with Ohio,” said Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick in a statement. “This is a great matchup to continue in the future, both for our football program and our fan base.”

In addition to this year’s game in Huntington, the two schools will meet in September of 2020 in Athens as well.

The programs have met 59 times previously, with the most recent coming in 2015. The Bobcats own a 33-20-6 edge in the series.

Marshall LB undergoes surgery for broken neck

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Marshall linebacker Jaquan Yulee has undergone surgery for a broken neck sustained in the Thundering Herd’s 56-17 win over VMI on Saturday.

Yulee sustained the injury when he collided with VMI receiver Jakob Harris while defending a pass in the first quarter of Saturday’s game. He remained motionless on the 45-yard line for several minutes after the hit before he was eventually wheeled off in a stretcher.

Yulee’s father confirmed on social media that his son sustained a broken neck, according to the Beckley (W.Va.) Register-Herald.

“About to head into surgery y’all keep me in y’all prayers,” Yulee tweeted on Sunday morning.

Fred Yulee posted on Facebook on Sunday afternoon that the surgery was successful and Jaquan was in recovery.

Yulee is a redshirt junior from Chesapeake, Va., who made his first career start on Saturday.

West Virginia transfer Derrek Pitts immediately eligible at Marshall

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By way of God’s Country’s flagship football program, Marshall’s defensive secondary will receive an immediate infusion of talent this coming season.

In late June, Marshall confirmed that Derrek Pitts had enrolled in classes at the university and would continue his collegiate playing career for the Thundering Herd. Pitts was one of three safeties who had opted to transfer from West Virginia.

With the start of a new season a little over a week away, Pitts took to Twitter with a one-word message confirming that he has been granted an immediate-eligibility waiver.

Including this season, Pitts will have two years of eligibility to use.

A three-star member of the Mountaineers’ 2017 recruiting class, Pitts was the No. 2 player at any position in the state of West Virginia coming out of high school in Charleston.

Pitts played in 19 games during his time at WVU, starting a pair of those contests. He recorded his first and only interception at WVU in the Camping World Bowl loss to Syracuse last December, while he returned a blocked field goal 72 yards for a touchdown against Iowa State a couple of months earlier.

USC transfer WR Keyshawn Young moves on to Marshall

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Another of the handful of USC wide receivers who left the Trojans this offseason has found a new college football home.

On his personal Twitter account Monday, Keyshawn Young announced that he will be continuing his playing career at Marshall.  The missive comes a little over a month after Young utilized the same social media website to confirm his transfer from the Trojans.

Barring an unexpected turn of events, Young will be forced to sit out the 2019 season to comply with NCAA transfer bylaws.  That would then make the 2020 season his final year of eligibility.

Young was a three-star member of the Trojans’ 2016 recruiting class.  The 5-11, 170-pound Florida native played in nine games, all at cornerback, during his true freshman season before moving to wide receiver prior to his sophomore campaign.  He didn’t catch a pass in either of the past two seasons.

In addition to Young, Randal Grimes (UNLV), Josh Imatorbhebhe (Illinois), Trevon Sidney (Illinois) are all receivers who have left the Land of Troy this offseason and found new homes.  Bru McCoy (Texas) and Velus Jones (NCAA transfer database) left as well before experiencing a change of heart and ultimately returning HERE and HERE.