Saturday, November 14, 2015

45 Years Ago Today

After a late season loss to the East Carolina Pirates, The Marshall University Thundering Herd, along with fans, members of the administration, and community supporters all died when the plane they were travelling on, crashed just short of the Tri State airport in Huntington West Virginia. It was, and still is the worst sports related airline tragedy in U.S. history.

Of those travelling on the plane, seven that died were transfers from Ferrum . The head coach of Marshall, Rick Tolley, was a former assistant coach of Hank Norton. Those from Ferrum were:

Thomas Brown

David Griffith

Patrick Norrell

James Patterson

Arthur Shannon

Jerry Stainback Jr.

Thomas Zborill

Head Coach, Rick Tolley

From the 1970 Marshall University Press Guide

Tom Brown photo and information

Dave Griffith photo and information

Pat Norell photo and information

Bob Patterson photo and information

(The Press Guide has some errors. He was from Louisburg, N.C., and
and his coach's name there was Ivey Bolton.)

Art Shannon photo and information

Jerry Stainback photo and information

Tom Zborill photo and information

Rick Tolley photo and information

I will post an article on today's game tomorrow.......This was more important.

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