Marshall gives Doc Holliday a contract extension

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

Marshall Doc Holliday contract extension
Cheer up, coach, you just got a contract extension. (USATSI)

Marshall has given coach Doc Holliday a contract extension that will keep him at the school through the 2017 season, with the contract ending in June 2018.

“Coach Holliday has made Marshall football relevant again,” said Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick in a release. “With his leadership, the Thundering Herd is on its way to competing for championships on a regular basis.”

Marshall could prove to be quite relevant in 2014, as Hamrick alluded to. With a Heisman darkhorse candidate in quarterback Rakeem Cato, the Herd are a popular pick to be the school from the non-power conferences to break through to one of the access bowls this season. It'd be the natural progression after Marshall had its first 10-win season since 2002 last year, going 10-4 with a Military Bowl win over Maryland.

Holliday will not receive a raise to his base salary in the new deal, and the contract includes a $600,000 buyout (or a $3 million buyout should he leave for West Virginia).

In his four seasons at Marshall Holliday's teams have gone 27-24 with a 20-12 record in conference play.

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