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Young Thundering Herd Coach Jack Lengyel laughs with former assistant coach Red Dawson, right, and Mikey Jackson, left, at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in 2018.

The interim president, Don Dedmon — who went on to be very successful at another university — within 48 hours, he made the football decision to honor the 75 people that were killed in the crash. … I think about the crash victims — the magnitude of that crash. There were four doctors and their wives and another doctor, a state senator. As I recall, there was a city councilman — key leaders in the community — and then you had the dean of admissions, the director of athletics and the radio personnel, trainers, managers, (players) and coaches. Seventy children without one parent, 18 without two parents, so it took a wide swath through the Huntington community, the state, the university and the football program. The magnitude of that, I didn’t realize. I thought I was just going down to rebuild a football team. 

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