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Marshall Expected to Hire Alabama’s Charles Huff as New Football Coach

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Earlier this week WVSN was the first to report that Marshall had narrowed its list of coaching candidates to three names, and now it appears the powers that be in Huntington have settled on a choice.

Charles Huff, the current Alabama associate head coach/running backs coach, is expected to be hired as the next head coach of the Thundering Herd football team, a source confirmed to WVSN on Saturday afternoon. Football Scoop and HD Media’s Grant Traylor were first to report the news.

Marshall’s Board of Governors is expected to meet Monday to make the hire official.

Charles Huff

Huff, 37, played at Hampton before starting his coaching career with stops at Tennessee State, Maryland, Hampton, Vanderbilt, the Buffalo Bills, Western Michigan, Penn State and Mississippi state prior to joining Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama in 2019. He worked with running backs at Western Michigan, Penn State and Mississippi State before taking over as the Crimson’s Tide’s running backs coach. Huff also excelled on the recruiting trail for Saban and currently owns the No. 1 ranking among recruiters according to 247Sports.

Marshall parted ways with veteran coach Doc Holliday following this season. Holliday coached the Herd for 11 seasons, with six bowl wins in eight appearances, two Conference USA runner-up finishes and one C-USA championship during his tenure in Huntington.

Pending approval Monday from Marshall’s Board of Governors, Huff will be the first black head coach in program history.

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Tom Bragg covers WVU, Marshall, high schools and other sports for West Virginia Sports Now. Tom spent more than a decade as a sports journalist based in West Virginia covering high school, college, youth and professional sports for newspapers in Huntington, Fairmont and Charleston before joining WVSN in 2020. Tom is a graduate of Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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