Dec 18, 2021; New Orleans, LA, USA;  Marshall Thundering Herd quarterback Grant Wells (8) passes the ball against Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns during the first half of the 2021 New Orleans Bowl at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Marshall QB Grant Wells entering transfer portal

Marshall quarterback Grant Wells announced his plans to transfer Monday after two seasons as the starter for the Thundering Herd.

Wells was the Conference USA Freshman of the Year in 2020 and led Marshall to the New Orleans Bowl in 2021.

“It has been a tremendous honor to be Marshall’s quarterback for these last 2 years. I’ve made memories that will last a lifetime,” he posted on social media. “With that being said, I have decided to transfer from Marshall University.”

Wells completed 66.4 percent of his passes for 3,535 yards with 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 13 games for Marshall (7-6) in 2021. He threw for 2,091 yards with 18 TDs and nine picks in 10 games in 2020.

–Field Level Media

Oct 9, 2021; Huntington, West Virginia, USA; Marshall Thundering Herd wide receiver Shadeed Ahmed (0) celebrates with fans after catching a touchdown pass during the first overtime against the Old Dominion Monarchs at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Marshall indicates it is leaving Conference USA for Sun Belt

Marshall is the latest school to commit to joining the Sun Belt Conference.

The athletic department released a video on its Twitter account on Friday indicating it was joining the league.

“Let’s have some fun! #RiseAsOne|@SunBelt,” the text above the video said.

Marshall will become the ninth school to depart Conference USA in the latest round of league shuffling.

The addition of Marshall will give the Sun Belt 15 full members, including 13 for football.

Earlier this week, the Sun Belt formally announced the additions of Southern Miss and Old Dominion. Both those schools will depart C-USA and join the Sun Belt no later than July 1, 2023

The Sun Belt also has held discussions with FCS power James Madison, a member of the Colonial Athletic Association.

Six other C-USA schools — Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, North Texas, Rice, UAB and UTSA — are leaving to join the American Athletic Conference in 2023 at the earliest.

The defections leave C-USA with five members: Florida International, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, UTEP and Western Kentucky.

C-USA commissioner Judy MacLeod said last week that the league is seeking new members with some possibly coming from the FCS level.

–Field Level Media

Dec 20, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Marshall Thundering Herd head coach Doc Holliday against the South Florida Bulls during the second half in the 2018 Gasparilla Bowl at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Marshall fires Holliday after 11 seasons

Doc Holliday is out after 11 seasons as the head coach at Marshall.

The university announced Monday it was not renewing the contract for Holliday, 63, who guided the Thundering Herd to a 7-3 record in 2020.

Marshall was ranked as high as No. 15 after a 7-0 start this season, its highest poll position since 1999. Holliday was named the Conference USA Coach of the Year for the second time (2014).

Holliday compiled an 85-54 record since taking over the Huntington, W.Va., program in 2010, including a 6-2 record in bowl games and three straight 10-win seasons from 2013-15. He is the program’s winningest coach at the FBS level, surpassing Bob Pruett (79-23 from 1997-2004).

“I’ve always strived to build and leave the program better than I found it,” Holliday posted on Twitter. “The program and players are the most important thing, more important than any individual coach or staff who has the privilege to be in Huntington. I’m proud to leave the program in a great place. We took a lot of pride in building a winning and clean program by doing things the right way.”

Holliday’s best season was 2014, when Marshall finished 13-1 with a Conference USA title and a win in the Boca Raton Bowl.

“I want to thank Doc Holliday for the leadership he has provided this program over the past 11 seasons,” Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick said in a news release. “In addition to his success on the field, he ran a clean program, graduated his student-athletes and prepared young men for life after football.”

Before taking over at Marshall, Holliday was a longtime assistant coach at his alma mater West Virginia and also spent time at Florida (2005-07) and North Carolina State (2000-04).

–Field Level Media