Marshall University
The Marshall University Thundering Herd has a proud football tradition that dates back to 1895. Twelve Conference Championships and two National Championships are only part of that rich history. The student group, known as the Marshall Maniacs, in tandem with the greater Marshall fan base, are well-known for the Thunder Clap and the “We are…Marshall” chant, a cheer that carries special meaning. On November 14, 1970, 75 of the Marshall family, the majority being players and coaches from the football team, were killed in a tragic plane crash. Their story and the triumphant rebirth of the Thundering Herd’s football program were documented in the 2006 film “We Are Marshall.”
Nickname:
Thundering Herd
Top Rivals:
West Virginia University, East Carolina University, Central Florida University
Style Facts:
The Thundering Herd is unarguably one of the more distinct nicknames in collegiate athletics. But Marshall was almost known as something else. The team began as the Indians and later became the Big Green based on their uniform color. Other names like the Judges, Boogercats, Green Gobblers and the Rams were also considered over the years. But on January 5, 1965 over 85% of Marshall’s students voted to keep the Thundering Herd nickname.