HUNTINGTON, W.Va.-Marshall and East Carolina will resume playing in football in 2020 and 2021, the two schools announced Thursday.
The Herd will travel to Greenville, N.C. on Sept. 5, 2020 in the 50th anniversary season of the tragic Marshall team plane crash that took the lives of all 75 aboard the Southern Airways Flight 932. The flight was en route to Huntington, following ECU’s 17-14 victory in Greenville on Nov. 14.
Marshall will host the Pirates at Joan C. Edwards Stadium on Sept. 11, 2021.
“It is great to resume our rivalry with East Carolina,” said Marshall Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick. “Marshall and ECU have always shared a bond that only grew stronger following our tragedy. We are thrilled to get them back onto our schedule and appreciated ECU’s cooperation in making this a realtiy.”
Hamrick, a Marshall alumnus and former Herd football player, was the Pirates’ AD from 1995-2003.
The schools have played 15 times, the last nine in Conference USA games. ECU is leaving C-USA for the American Athletic Conference.
The two teams share more than the emotional bond from the last game before the 1970 tragedy. They also played one of the more historic postseason games – the 2001 GMAC Bowl, won by the Herd 64-61 in double overtime after rallying from a 30-point deficit.
Last season, the Herd played one of its best games of the year in a 59-28 win over ECU in Edwards Stadium in the regular-season finale. The victory locked up the Conference USA East Division title for Marshall and gave the Herd a berth in the league’s title contest.