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Marshall University

Posted by Strickland on April 13, 2009

"We Are Marshall" sculpture “We Are Marshall”

You can learn some things when you go on trips like I’ve been trying to do in watching college football and seeing their stadiums. For example, I didn’t know that Huntington, WV, and some surrounding areas in KY, were a bad place to watch your weight and health. But, you always pick up little things that you forget. For example, I forgot that Marshall was part of the Division 1-AA and won National Championships in 1992 and 1996. I forgot that Jim Donnan was the coach at Marshall (1990-1995; 64-21-0; .753%; 1 national championship; and three national runner-up championship games) before leaving and going to the Georgia Bulldogs. But, I didn’t forget that Marshall is well known for some football players. These are the players that I know, and usually people hear: Chad Pennington, Randy Moss, Byron Leftwich. I know that there are more, and some I probably would know if I say their name, number, and the NFL team they are on. But, currently, here are the three that I know from hearing every Sunday in the NFL. I didn’t know who “#72 Gatski” was, who was on the press box, until I did a little research (I know this is from wikipedia, but it had some good information about him). He was inducted into the Hall of Fame (here is some information about him from that site). But, there was one thing that I didn’t fully really know about until the trip to Huntington, WV…Flight 932.

Flight 932 was the flight from North Carolina, where Marshall played East Carolina earlier in the day, that crashed with the Marshall team and flight crew all on board. Read the rest of this entry »

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