Roane will miss Williams

I turned 60 last week, but long before that happened I made it a daily point to read the local obituaries.

Hardly ever does a day go by when I don’t recognize someone who passed away.

I knew that Roane County Athletics Director Don Williams was battling a major illness, but seeing his obituary in Monday’s edition jolted me.

Don was one of those guys who always seemed to be present when Roane County was involved in athletics.

It didn’t matter if the event was home or on the road, Don was going to be there.

He also did his best to help with the organization of the Little Kanawha Conference, assisting in keeping its standings and determining the pairings for postseason playoffs.

Don always was helpful when myself or others on the sports staff needed some information.

Roane County lost a good man and the Little Kanawha Conference lost one of its biggest supporters.

Price Isn’t Right: In writing the story that appeared in Sunday’s edition regarding West Virginia University putting single-game football tickets on sale Monday, I couldn’t help but think about the exorbitant cost a middle class family of four must pay to attend a game.

That’s no knock on WVU, whose prices are in line with most major colleges.

Other than the game against Towson, which a family of four can attend for $150 including $25 in concessions, single tickets run in the $55 to $60 range.

Throw in the other expenses such as gasoline, parking, food, etc., and you can spend a small fortune seeing one game.

It’s a shame that professional and college sports programs have virtually priced the common man out of their stadiums.

Herd Hype: WVU isn’t the only Mountain State school getting its share of preseason publicity this year.

In fact, when it comes to national rankings and positive publicity, the state’s flagship university is being outdone by Marshall.

Many college observers the Herd is the most likely or one of the most likely teams to go undefeated this fall. Nearly all believe Marshall will be the best team in Conference-USA.

Several of the preseason rankings have Marshall in the top 25.

One of the many bowl projections pits the Thundering Herd against Georgia in the postseason.

Individually, Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato is on the watch list for the Maxwell Award and is on virtually every Heisman Trophy list.

Doc Holliday has worked hard to build a program in Huntington. This may be the year that work results in some national recognition.

It’s going to be great to see the annual battle between the Thundering Herd and Ohio University on Saturday, Sept. 13, in Huntington. The game will be televised by the CBS Sports Network.

It’s good to see the schools continue their rivalry.

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