Fan Support Waining For Marshall Football

James RoachContributor ISeptember 19, 2009

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 11:  Ohio State kicks the winning field goal against the Marshall Thundering Herd on September 11, 2004 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.  Ohio State defeated Marshall 24-21.   (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

It's game day in Huntington and despite the fact that kick off is just about half a day away, that usually means celebration and excitement. That would be if your team had not just had two below-average weeks after four below-average seasons.

This is Football 101, and attendance is 80 percent of your grade, Mark Snyder, you are failing this class. The crowd for the Bowling Green game is expected to be in the neighborhood of 22,000 as the Falcons take on the Herd. Granted those are impressive numbers, if you are say, UL-Monroe.

However, this is Huntington, WV, and we have a 38,000 seat stadium and a Tri-State area that should be able to fill that up each week. All of last season the Athletic Department harped about how high our attendance was, yet those numbers seem to have lost the air they had.

At the home opener there were only 24,000 fans in attendance and as per usual in Huntington many left at half-time. Though no one could blame them Marshall was being handled by the FCS Southern Illinois Salukis and things were not looking up.

No fans in the seats means only one thing, people are fed up. Of course don't take the attendance numbers word for it. There have already been sightings of signs that say "Fire Snyder" all over the parking lot and stadium. That is of course before the members of the Athletic Department are sent out to take the signs down.

Let me remind you, that it was the first game of the season, Marshall had yet to play a down of football and people were already fed up. I don't know how today is going to look but after a narrow victory and a drubbing on his record, Mark Snyder probably should not expect a warm welcome into The Joan this afternoon.