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Herd players look to honor '75'

Nov. 14, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

TULSA, Okla. -- November 14.

It's a day when many people are looking forward to Thanksgiving and starting to make plans for Christmas.

But for people from Huntington and anyone associated with the Marshall University football program, it is a day for somber reflection and remembrance.

It was on Nov. 14, 1970, that Southern Airways Flight 932 crashed en route from Greenville, N.C., to Tri-State Airport. The plane was carrying Marshall's football team and traveling party on the way back from a 17-14 loss to East Carolina. All 75 people on the plane died.

The annual memorial service is being held Thursday on campus while the football team is in Tulsa for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Golden Hurricane. The game between Marshall (6-3 overall, 4-1 Conference USA) and Tulsa (2-7, 1-4) is being televised on FS1.

It is Marshall's first road game on Nov. 14 since 1970.

"The players won't be at the memorial, but they will be there in spirit," Marshall head coach Doc Holliday said. "We'll have them stream it into the hotel so they can have an opportunity to see it."

Marshall will wear "75" decals on its helmets.

On Wednesday, reports came from Tulsa that kickoff time is 7:36 p.m. -- the time of the 1970 tragedy.

Offensive lineman Clint Van Horn, a Beckley native whose parents attended Marshall, spoke openly about the magnitude of Thursday's contest.

"It would be a shame if we walked away with anything less (than a victory), especially because of the type of team that we are and what we are representing when we step out there," Van Horn said. "Tulsa can respect it, but they aren't part of this program so they don't know.

"That's our day, that's this community's day, and it's the people who remember it and those who are part of this program's day.

"We want to keep that on the people's minds as we take that on the field. We are representing them."

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