(AP) -- After nearly three decades in someone else's program, John "Doc" Holliday is finally a college head coach.
Holliday, the associate head coach at West Virginia, was introduced as Marshall's new coach on Thursday. The 52-year-old Holliday replaces Mark Snyder, who resigned ov. 29 after going 22-37 in five seasons.
Holliday was overcome with emotion when he was introduced at an afternoon news conference, saying he wasn't sure if he would ever get this opportunity.
Athletic Director Mike Hamrick calls it a "gutsy" hire because holliday had no connection to Marshall. Hamrick said Holliday signed a five-year contract for $600,000 per season.
Holliday's first two games next season are at Ohio State and in the home opener against West Virginia.
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