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Report: Marshall Set to Hire Herd Football Greats Mike Bartrum, Doug Chapman

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The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman is reporting that former Marshall University football greats Mike Bartrum and Doug Chapman will be hired by MU in support staff roles for the football program.

Bartrum was a standout tight end for the Thundering Herd in the late 1980s and early 1990s, helping lead MU to a I-AA national runner-up finish in 1991 and a I-AA national championship in 1992. He spent more than a decade in the NFL primarily as a long snapper and most recently was the Philadelphia Eagles tight ends coach.

Chapman, perhaps overshadowed a bit during his time in Huntington playing alongside legendary figures in MU program history such as Chad Pennington and Randy Moss, was a star in his own right. The running back ran for more than 3,000 yards in three seasons at Marshall to go with 40 rushing and five receiving touchdowns. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the third round on the 2000 NFL Draft. Chapman played three seasons in Minnesota.

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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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