On November 14, 1970, one of the worst tragedies in college sports history occurred. The Marshall University football team was flying home from Kinston, North Carolina from a game against the East Carolina Pirates when its plane tragically crashed, and all 75 people on board the flight were killed. The crash shook the community but the program managed to field a football team the following year because the NCAA removed the rule restricting freshmen from playing. The team’s play allowed the community to rally around the school and helped many families grieve.
This week, Marshall takes on Tulsa on the 43rd anniversary of the event, and will be wearing special helmets to honor the 75 lives lost:
— Marshall Equipment (@HerdEquipment) November 10, 2013
The 1971 season was the subject of the much-acclaimed 2006 film, ‘We Are Marshall.’