Marshall Football Turns The Heat Down

James RoachContributor ISeptember 26, 2009

HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Mark Snyder of the Marshall Thundering Herd looks on during the game with the Houston Cougars at Robertson Stadium November 17, 2007 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 35-28. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

With a win on Saturday night, Mark Snyder successfully turned the heat down but not off. A win over Bowling Green was enough to prove many wrong who were already writing this season off as a failure. The win also quieted the dissent around Huntington and Marshall University's campus, at least for a day or two.

Now that it is game day again, it is time for Snyder to focus on avoiding a beat down on Beale Street when the Herd takes on the Memphis Tigers this afternoon. Otherwise, Coach Snyder is going to crispier than Memphis Bar-Be-Que when the final whistle blows.

In the post-game press conference after the Bowling Green contest, Snyder tried to down play the idea that the game against the Falcons was a must win. Coach commented how his wife (who is apparently played in this movie by Matthew Fox) told him that every game is a must win. Well if that statement left you scratching you head, do not worry you are not alone.

Though Snyder's delusions may not be entirely his fault as the athletic department has done everything in his fault as the athletic department has done everything in their power to make the dissent disappear. The athletic department going as far as to patrol Joan C. Edwards Stadium for any sign that includes the phrase "Fire Snyder" and remove it.

Then again Snyder did claim he did not hear a fire Snyder chant in the first half, because he said he was coaching hard wit his headset on. Wait, losing seven to nothing against a Mid-American Conference team, that was Snyder coaching hard? In that case I would hate to see what happens when he just gives up.

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So, after an ugly win against Bowling Green and another delusional week, the heat is off Snyder for a couple of downs of football, at least until the Herd defense takes the field.

Well, the heat is off from some of the fans, however the coaches of the winning programs at this university that Snyder took a jab at in the coach's call-in show last week probably still have a sour taste in their mouth when it comes to the football program.

Time will tell if Snyder will be in cool water, or hotter than a fire cracker lit at both ends when it comes to the end of the game.

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