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No. 97: Marshall

Doc Holliday has passed his first test, which was winning — period. But the winning Marshall has done over Holliday’s first two seasons has come about with Mark Snyder’s players doing a good portion of the heavy lifting, which leads Holliday to his second test: Winning with his own players, not a roster composed predominantly of players recruited and developed by the previous staff. This quest begins in 2012, as Holliday and the Thundering Herd experience some large-scale roster turnover for the first time. But help is on the way. Holliday’s reputation as one of the nation’s premier recruiters was well-deserved: Marshall has recruited as well as any program in Conference USA since his arrival following the 2010 season, reeling in the league’s third- and second-best classes in 2011 and 2012, respectively. More than a third of February’s recruiting class held B.C.S. conference offers — and not just from Duke and Indiana, mind you, but L.S.U., U.S.C., Nebraska and Florida, among others. And yes, help is on the way: 15 of the 30 recruits signed in February were on campus in time for spring ball.

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