We Are Marshall!
It is a rainy Saturday night in North Carolina on November 14, 1970. Shortly after take-off a twin-engine DC-9 plane carrying West Virginia’s Marshall University “Thundering Herd” football team crashes into a hillside. There are 75 people on board including players, coaches, fans, and crew. There are no survivors. It is the worst disaster in NCAA college sports history. The movie, We Are Marshall! by Warner Brothers Pictures (opening at theaters nationwide on December 22, 2006) is about the tragedy and the coach, Jack Lengyel (played by Matthew McConaughey), who is determined to rebuild the Marshall University football team. The movie also stars Matthew Fox, Ian McShane, Anthony Mackie, Kate Mara, January Jones, Brian Geraghty, and David Strathairn (who played Edward R. Murrow so well in Warner Independent Pictures “Good Night and Good Luck” which also happens to be my favorite film of 2005). For more information on the 1970 Marshall University Football Team visit the virtual museum at the Marshall University Library’s Special Collections.