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About 10 or more years ago, there was a movie out called “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”
These days, however, my issue has become “Remembering Gregg Marshall.”
I pride myself on remembering all sorts of sports minutiae and it’s not unusual for me to hear a friend say “how do you remember that from so many years ago?” The only thing I hear more is “why can’t you remember what I asked you to do as well as you remember sports trivia” from one member of my household.
Which brings us to Gregg Marshall. He’s the embattled coach at Wichita State who has been quite successful in the world of college basketball. Many times on social media when his name comes up, it is noted that he grew up in Roanoke, a town I have a lot of fondness for, as I met my wife and started my sports journalism career there.
I'm also hopelessly addicted to a sub sandwich from the New Yorker Deli on Brambleton with extra cole slaw on it. But I digress.
Each time Marshall's name comes up, I think for a moment and have zero memory of him. I can remember about 100 other athletes I covered during that time of my life. But no Gregg Marshall.
Last night there were stories of Marshall’s problems in Wichita on social media. Again, there was the mention of him being from Roanoke, so I went to Wikipedia to see if they mentioned when he lived there. Turns out he graduated from Cave Spring High School in Roanoke County in 1981.
This sparked more curiosity. From 1978 until 1981, I was the high school sports guy for the Roanoke Times. My wife went to Cave Spring. We even got married in Roanoke in 1981. I was in Roanoke for every game of his high school career working for the newspaper that covered his school and district.
Still no memory of Gregg Marshall.
So at close to midnight last night, I went down into the basement and found a big box that has been stored away and untouched for decades. Somewhere in this box were a bunch of clips from all my newspaper jobs, something I had no need to ever look at again after leaving the profession in the late 80s.
So old are these clips, the Roanoke ones were stored in an highly weathered Kraco citizens band radio box. CB radios were big back then, young bucks, as they were our cell phones when on the move, and also our radar detectors. We’d even say cool things like “Breaker 1-9, what’s it look like over your back bumper?”
Stop rolling your eyes. or I’ll start talking about “Smokies” next.
After digging through about half a dozen clips, I came across one dated January 17, 1981 where William Fleming beat Cave Spring the previous evening. The story was mostly about Fleming since they won the game, but in the last paragraph, it states that Cave Spring “was led by Gregg Marshall with 15 points, while Paul Lester and Randy Lower added 12 apiece.”
It would appear that I added insult to injury too and spelled Marshall’s name wrong, using only one “g”. Almost 40 years later, I guess there needs to be a correction.
I still don’t remember him.
But if makes you feel any better, Gregg, I don’t remember Paul or Randy either 😊