Sunday brought with it some great news this past weekend as it was announced that former Penn State running backs and special teams coach Charles Huff has been hired as the newest head coach at Marshall.
The new man at the helm for the Thundering Herd has more than earned this position after an incredibly impressive career as a position coach. After starting out at Tennessee State, Huff had stints with Maryland, his alma mater Hampton, Vanderbilt, Western Michigan, and the Buffalo Bills before settling in as Penn State's running backs and special teams coach under James Franklin back in 2014. He left after the 2017 season to spend a year with Joe Moorhead at Mississippi State as the assistant head coach, run game coordinator, and running backs coach, before spending the past two years with Nick Saban at Alabama as the running backs coach and assistant head coach. Needless to say, Huff has had the chance to work with and impress some of the smartest and biggest names in the sport.
Huff initially crossed paths with Franklin at Maryland, where Huff spent a season as an assistant offensive line coach while Franklin was the offensive coordinator, and then spent a year as Franklin's running backs coach at Vanderbilt. When Franklin got the job in Happy Valley, he brought Huff in from Western Michigan. During his time in State College, Huff developed and recruited two current NFL stars in Saquon Barkley and Miles Sanders. Over the past two years with the Crimson Tide, Huff has become one of the most successful recruiters in the entire country.
Though deciding who belongs to whose coaching tree is a fool's errand, Huff's first multi-year job with a big-time program did come under Franklin, making it two Franklin hires to get a head coaching job in the past year or so (Ricky Rahne with ODU).
We here at Roar Lions Roar wish Coach Huff all the best with Marshall and can't wait to see what he is able to accomplish going forward in his coaching career.