Before becoming a sports reporter, I played football for four years at Marshall University. In August 1970, one young man from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, named Reggie Oliver, met me, a youngster from Suffolk, Virginia. We both played quarterback. We were roommates and classmates.

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - Former Marshall University assistant football coach Carl Kokor, 85, died Wednesday at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Boardman, Ohio, after an extended illness.

HUNTINGTON — Marshall University's football community is mourning the loss of one of its favorite sons. Reggie Oliver, who played quarterback for the Young Thundering Herd in the seasons following the Nov. 14, 1970, plane crash (1971-73), passed away Tuesday at age 66. 

HUNTINGTON - Lester Hicks didn't experience much success on the football field while at Marshall University. Remember, though, Hicks suited up for the Young Thundering Herd in 1972-73.

1928: Fairfield Stadium construction is finished. Its original capacity is 10,000. Marshall College shares the stadium with Huntington High School.

Marshall University (white jerseys) lost to Morehead State (dark jerseys) 6-29 in the season opener Sept. 18, 1971, at Morehead. The 1971 team had a 2-8 record under coach Jack Lengyel. Team captain was Nate Ruffin.

Members of the 1971 Young Thundering Herd football team in town for the movie premiere gather Monday, Dec. 11, 2006, to have a group photograph taken at Gino's Pub, where the old Fairfield Stadium scoreboard was erected in the parking lot. The scoreboard shows the score of the Xavier game th…

HUNTINGTON -- Coach Jack Lengyel had returned home from a successful day at the office. Lengyel, head football coach at the College of Wooster in 1970, directed the Fighting Scots to a 9-6 win at Oberlin College on the afternoon of Nov. 14. At home that evening with his wife, Sandy, they saw a bulletin on TV about the plane bringing the Marshall football team back from its game at East Carolina crashing.

HUNTINGTON -- Sam Botek had a lot to smile about Saturday morning. The Toledo, Ohio, native found himself on the podium to serve as featured speaker at Marshall's Spring Fountain Ceremony where the Memorial Fountain at Memorial Student Center is turned on to signify the rebirth of Thundering…

HUNTINGTON -- Rick Meckstroth craned his neck a little, looking out at the Marshall University students who had paused in the middle of their busy day and gathered around the Memorial Fountain in the student center plaza.

SOUTH POINT, Ohio -- Dr. Ed Carter, a member of the 1970 Marshall football team, will be the special speaker at a Men and Young Men's Meeting at 6 p.m., Saturday, at Tri-State Baptist Temple, 1300 County Road 60 in South Point.

HUNTINGTON — Eric Samuel Gessler, 56, a member of Marshall’s Young Thundering Herd football team, died Monday at his home in the Big Flint community of Doddridge County, W.Va., after a long battle with cancer.

HUNTINGTON -- The hoopla surrounding "We Are Marshall" has disappeared. The notoriety Young Thundering Herd coaches and players gained from the Warner Bros. movie has not. Actually, it continues to build.

HUNTINGTON -- Some members of Marshall's Young Thundering Herd football team admit life has changed because of the movie "We Are Marshall." It's been a year and few days since the Warner Bros. Pictures production hit the big screen. It has since come out on DVD.

HUNTINGTON -- It was a solemn day in 1971, sometime before Marshall University's football team traveled to Morehead State to start a new chapter in the school's football history.

What could he do? The questioned gnawed at Jack Lengyel's soul. A news crawl at the bottom of his television screen reported a plane crash involving the Marshall University football team and Lengyel felt a powerful pull to do something.

HUNTINGTON -- Tim Collins' eyes said it all. Collins, a Young Thundering Herd player in 1971, still had red eyes that glistened after seeing a special showing of "We Are Marshall" on Tuesday afternoon for the Young Thundering Herd and family members at Marquee Cinemas.

ATLANTA -- Mike Bankston had an academic conflict that prevented him from being one of the victims of the Nov. 14, 1970, Marshall University plane crash.

ATLANTA -- Joe Gillette's association with Marshall University first began in 1969. A first-team All-Ohio defensive end at Johnstown High School near Columbus where he also played wide receiver, he started his college football career with the Thundering Herd as a wide out.

HUNTINGTON -- Actor Matthew McConaughey approaches a 6-foot-9 basketball center, sizes him up and asks the giant if would like to play football for Marshall. At a distance, Jack Lengyel, the man McConaughey is playing in the movie "We Are Marshall," nods his head to show his approval.

HUNTINGTON -- When Allen Meadows was a Scott High School senior in Madison, W.Va., he performed well enough on the football field to draw a look from college coaches. One school hoping to land the then 195-pounder lineman was West Virginia and coach Bobby Bowden.

OXFORD, Ohio -- The final whistle had just sounded when Marshall University head coach Jack Lengyel lined his club up on the field and made them take a long look at the scoreboard.

DEKALB, Ill. -- Opportunistic Northern Illinois converted a penalty, a fumble and two pass interceptions into 23 points in the third quarter here Saturday night and rode the explosion to a 37-18 victory over Marshall University.

Marshall University's Young Thundering Herd, doing exactly what Bowling Green coaches said it couldn't do, ran around and through the Falcons' defense Saturday en route to a 12-10 upset victory at Fairfield Stadium.

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