Marshall-ECU game date moved, will honor 1970 crash victims

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Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Marshall and East Carolina will open the 2020 football season a week early to accommodate a national television broadcast marking the 50th anniversary of the worst disaster in U.S. sports history.

The schools announced that the game originally scheduled for Sept. 5 in Greenville, N.C., will now be played Aug. 29. The network has not been announced. On Nov. 14, 1970, 36 football players were among 75 people killed when Marshall's chartered plane returning from a game at East Carolina crashed into a hillside short of an airport in rain and fog near Huntington, West Virginia. The tragedy was chronicled in the 2006 movie “We Are Marshall.”