Marshall Fans Dish About Donnie Jones' Departure

By: Hanna Francis Email
By: Hanna Francis Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Marshall University basketball fans have a lot of mixed feelings about head coach Donnie Jones' decision to leave town.

Last week, Jones talked about how happy he was with his team's last season and how excited he was for the next one, so it makes sense why fans are in shock.

To say that Joab Dellinger loves his alma mater, Marshall University, would be putting it mildly.

"I've always gone to games, I've been a season ticket holder for basketball and football," Dellinger said.

Monday, that love turned to a little frustration after Marshall University announced Jones was headed to enemy territory.

"The fact that it was a rival school, that it was UCF... We go all the way back to the MAC days," Dellinger explained, "That was really rough."

A group of first year medical students from Marshall spent Monday evening shooting hoops of their own at the University's Recreation center. They say it doesn't take a brain surgeon to realize Jones' decision could be a bad call.

"I wish him the best, but I think it's going to hurt Marshall," Jacob Kilgore said. "it may be good for him, but for us in Conference USA, I don't know if that's what we want because he's such a good coach."

Still, some fans say they're happy to see Jones go no matter who fills his basketball shoes.

"I've got a few picks, I don't know right now," Caleb Sharps said, "I just think anyone's going to be better."

One thing about heading to a rival school, though -- coaches are never really gone that long.

"Next year when Central Florida and him come to town it's going to be interesting," Dellinger said. "Very interesting."

The official announcement of Coach Jones going to the University of Central Florida will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Orlando.

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