Gallery: Marshall University's 1969 football team
The 1969 Marshall University football team had a 3-7 record under coach Rick Tolley. On Nov. 14, 1970, Tolley, along with 74 Marshall University football players, coaches and fans, died in a plane crash upon returning from East Carolina University, where the team had just suffered a heartbreaking 17-14 loss.
More Marshall Football Photos
A site here at www.Herald-Dispatch.com titled “1970 Marshall Plane Crash: The Real Story” is full of information:
- original game stories and rosters of the 1970 and ’71 teams.
- photo galleries of the teams, Fairfield Stadium and more.
- biographical information about the victims.
- stories about Jack Lengyel, Nate Ruffin and Red Dawson.
- a history of Marshall football.
- coverage of the filming of the 2006 movie "We Are Marshall."
- and more.
From 1966 to 1983, Marshall's football program suffered a dismal streak of losing seasons. In 1984, Marshall won its two final games on the road against Illinois State and East Tennessee State to finish with a 6-5 record for its first winning season in 20 years.
1969 MU Varsity Football Roster
(Information from the 1969 Marshall media guide. Numbers might not match the photos.)
10, Pete Coleman, DB, Junior, Stratford, N.J.
11, Ted Shoebridge, QB, Sophomore, Lyndhurst, N.J.
12, Bob Harris, QB, Sophomore, Cincinnati, Ohio.
20, Richard Lech, HB, Sophomore, Columbus, Ohio.
21, Craig Greenlee, DB, Sophomore, Jacksonville, Fla.
22, Tim Deeds, DB, Senior, Coal Grove, Ohio.
24, Kevin Gilmore, HB, Junior, Harrison, N.J.
25, Nathaniel Ruffin, DB, Sophomore, Quincy, Fla.
26, John Hurst, FB, Senior, Live Oak, Fla.
30, Dickie Carter, HB, Junior, Man, W.Va.
31, Willie Bluford, FB, Sophomore, Greenwood, S.C.
33, Jerry Stainback, MLB, Junior, Newport News, Va.
34, Mike Crkvenac, DB, Junior, Tiltonsville, Ohio.
35, Dave Cyrus, LB, Junior, Coal Grove, Ohio.
40, Larry sanders, DB, Sophomore, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
42, Tony Barile, DB, Junior, Fairfax, Va.
43, Danny Slusher, HB, Junior, Middletown, Ohio.
51, Larry Brown, G-LB, Junior, Atlanta, Ga.
52, Dave Griffith, DE-LB, Junior, Clarksville, Va.
53, Larry Nelson, LB-HB, Sophomore, Donora, Pa.
54, Richard Dardinger, G-C, Senior, Mt. Vernon, Ohio.
55, Scottie Reese, LB, Sophomore, Waco, Texas.
56, Dave Weston, T, Senior, Pittsburgh, Pa.
60, Tom Howard, G, Sophomore, Milton, W.Va.
61, Mark Andrews, DE, Sophomore, Cincinnati, Ohio.
62, Jeff Angle, G, Sophomore, Logan, Ohio.
63, Tim Bentley, G-LB, Senior, Pittsburgh, Pa.
64, Jim Willey, G, Sophomore, Huntington.
65, Tom Brown, G, Junior, Richmond, Va.
66, Pat Norrell, G, Junior, Hartsdale, N.Y.
68, Jim Adams, G, Senior, Mansfield, Ohio.
69, Calvin Ball, C-LB, Senior, Ripley, W.Va.
69, Danny Gordon, T, Sophomore, Raleigh, N.C.
74, Jim Sly, DT, Sophomore, Iaeger, W.Va.
75, Mike Bankston, T, Senior, Atlanta, Ga.
76, David DeBord, T, Junior, Quincy, Fla.
80, Dennis Blevins, SE, Sophomore, Bluefield, Va.
81, Roger Childers, DB, Sophomore, St. Albans, W.Va.
82, Jack Repasy, TE, Sophomore, Cincinnati, Ohio.
83, Skipper Williams, DB-K, Senior, Pembroke, Va.
84, Larry Carter, TE, Senior, Dunbar, W.Va.
85, Roger Vanover, LB, Sophomore, Russell, Ky.
We are cracking open the archives from past Marshall University football seasons.
What game would you like to see again? E-mail online editor Andrea Copley-Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.