Beating K-State just part of the plan

Originally Published: September 23, 2003
By Adam Rittenberg | Special to ESPN.com
Marshall coach Bob Pruett said last Saturday's win at No. 6 Kansas State is all part of a master plan. "We sat down a few years ago and started scheduling some upper-tier teams," Pruett said. "We feel like we needed to play Florida, Virginia Tech, Kansas State. Next year we have Ohio State and Georgia. When we started a few years ago, Florida got us pretty good. Then we played better at Virginia Tech. We played real well against Tennessee and then we had Kansas State. We're trying to raise the bar at Marshall."

While the BCS continues to mask the accomplishments of the Herd and other MAC programs, Pruett and his staff are devoted to getting as much exposure as possible. "We're gaining respect," he said. "They're talking about us as being a national team. Next year it will be very hard for our league not to be ranked high."