Marshall Green-White Game Set For Saturday

HUNTINGTON - Several special guests are expected to be in attendance at the Marshall Green-White Spring Game this Saturday at the Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Members of the 1971 Young Thundering Herd football team will serve as honorary captains and join several former Marshall Alums in the NFL who will participate in the Thunder Walk from the Henderson Center thru the West Parking Lot at 1 p.m.

Fans are encouraged to tailgate and be there early for the Thunder Walk. WRVC 930 AM, the Tri-State's ESPN station, will broadcast the game, which kicks off at 3 p.m. The Kindred Communications tailgate will crank up at 2 p.m. with free food and drinks for Herd fans, as well as football talk from guests like Greg Perry of Herd Insider and former coach and color analyst of the Thundering Herd/ISP Sports Network Greg Cyrus joining the WRVC broadcast team of Woody Woodrum, Luke Beach and Eliot Parker. A special game day, free issue of the Herd Insider magazine will be available at the WRVC 930 AM pre-game show, as well as a poster of the 1971 "Young" Thundering Herd, which includes a team photo from 1971 and a photo of team members, with former MU head coach Jack Lengyel (1971-74) in front of the Fairfield Stadium scoreboard at Gino's Pub on Fifth Avenue in Huntington. The recent photo was taken during the scoreboards initial lighting ceremony by Gino's owner Kenny Grant, who rescued the Fairfield scoreboard from being scrapped when the stadium was torn down for expansions at the Cabell Huntington Hospital, when the 1971 team was in town for the world premiere of the movie, "We Are Marshall," in December of 2006 at the Keith-Albee Theatre.


Zearrick Matthews, shown returning a interception for touchdown last season, is one of the players to keep an eye on in Saturday's Green-White Game, kicking off at 3 p.m. file photo by Greg Perry/HI staff

Marshall University's athletic department will also be on hand for the first day that members of the general public can purchase season tickets for the 2007 Herd football season, starting Saturday. The MU athletic ticket office will conduct its first "Choose-A-Seat" event of the year from Noon to 3 p.m. at the stadium on Saturday, April 21, before the game. This will be the first opportunity for the general public to purchase season tickets for the 2007 season. To this point, only Big Green Scholarship Foundation donors and 2006 season ticket holders have been able to renew and purchase additional seats.

With less than a week remaining until Friday's renewal deadline, Marshall is on a record-setting pace for season tickets and the school-record of 14,027 season tickets sold from last year is expected to be eclipsed by Friday. Saturday's "Choose-A-Seat" will provide the general public with one early bird opportunity to purchase season tickets in person before they are made available online and over the phone on Monday. The Marshall University ticket office will begin selling season tickets at the official Marshall athletics website, www.HerdZone.com, over the phone at 1-800-THE-HERD (873-4373) and at the ticket office in the Cam Henderson Center at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 23.

Fans interested in attending the choose-a-seat must purchase a Green & White game ticket in order to enter the stadium. Game tickets are $5 and all proceeds go to benefit the Marshall University Quarterback Club, which supports the Marshall University Football Program. The Joan C. Edwards Stadium West Parking Lot will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and parking there will cost $10. Additional parking is available at the Annex Parking Lot ($10), the A Lot ($10) and the Third Avenue Parking Garage ($5), across from the Henderson Center, will be open. West Lot parking spaces are being sold in advance of game day for $25. Parking can be purchased by calling the MU football office at 304-696-6464 before 4 p.m. on Friday.


Chad Pennington, Randy Moss, and McG (director of the "We Are Marshall" movie) rallied the fans at halftime to the tune of the cheer "We Are…Marshall" at last year's Green-White Game. file photo by Greg Perry/HI staff

Chad Pennington, who will host the third annual "First and 10" Foundation bowling event at Colonial Lanes in Huntington at 6 p.m. Saturday evening after the spring game, is expected to be in attendance at the Thunder Walk and Green-White Game. The New York Jets quarterback will possibly be joined by Troy Brown of the New England Patriots (who will host the Hospice of Huntington Camp Nabe Bowling event on Sunday, April 22), Mike Bartrum of the Philadelphia Eagles, John Wade of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Randy Moss of the Oakland Raiders, as well as by members of the 1971 team like Allen Meadows, Rick Meckstroth, Mike Sparks, Bobby Crawford, Bob Eshbaugh and many other members of the team that won the first home game at Marshall following the crash of the MU football plane on November 14, 1970. The tragedy and beating Xavier in that game were the basis for the "We Are Marshall" movie.

Herd fans, plan to be there early for this Saturday's Green-White Game at the Joan C. Edwards Stadium.


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