From The Ashes




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mike_mezz Writer, historian and musician
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"This can't be true, how could it be? "
A true story that will always remain in the hearts of many, including me.

From The Ashes

From The Ashes By: Mike Mezz

From The. Ashes (A Narrative Poem) By: Mike Mezz

It was a rainy and foggy night As our team left North Carolina Another loss under the lights They headed back to West Virginia

It was the first time they took a plane They stood there tired and drained They boarded the flight in the rain A Southern Airways chartered jet

A two or three hour long flight Still reeling from the loss mentally Marshall University flew into the night November fourteenth, nineteen seventy

All of Huntington listened to the game The news came in about a plane crash A jet had hit the mountainside in the rain People at Tri-State Airport saw a flash

Confusion and speculation followed Was it our MU Football team? Our hearts and souls just hollowed This had to be a really bad dream

The news came in late Saturday evening It was our MU football teams plane People went to the airport searching Our entire football team had been slain

The whole city wept

All seventy-five passengers perished This can't be true, how could it be? It was like they all just vanished Girlfriends of dead players screamed

Hearses passed each other on the street Funerals held for weeks and every day Huntington was still in utter disbelief No more football on Saturday's to play

MU decided never to play football again No coaches or players were left But minds were changed the work began They had to start over from scratch

This Marshall team was brand new Mostly all freshman on the roster The NCAA had to change the rules It took decades for Marshall to prosper

The Herd lost more games than anyone All through the1970's Marshall's first winning season was 1984 Fans openly wept in Johnson City

From the Ashes we rose like a Phoenix A transformation that took years It's still the worst sports disaster in American history The Herd has a twelveth man at the wheel

In the years after the crash, Marshall has won two NCAA Division I-AA national championships. Marshall has won 13 conference championships, Marshall has won eight division championships.

Marshall has played in 15 bowl games compiling a record of 12 wins and 3 losses. The Marshall Thundering Herd is currently undefeated with 7 wins and 0 loses and ranked #15 in the country. In 1999, Marshall went undefeated and ended the year ranked #10 in the nation.

In 2001, Marshall finished the season at #21 In 2002, The Thundering Herd was ranked #19 In 2014 Marshall was rankedd#22 Marshall has had 69 players to go into the NFL, including Randy Moss, Chad Pennington and Byron Leftwich.

From The Ashes We Rose

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In memory of the 75 players, coaches, staff and fans who perished when Marshall University's plane crashed on November 14, 1970

Please shout-out this story to honor the 75 people who died in the crash. https://youtu.be/STCTBFa9-U8 We Are.... Marshall Copyright © 2020 Mike Mezz (All rights reserved)

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