November 25, 2014

Manchin Congratulates Marshall University For Its Successful Football Season

Urges West Virginians to show their support this Friday

Charleston, W.Va. - Senator Manchin issued a statement congratulating Marshall University on its football season so far and encouraging West Virginians to rally behind the Herd this Friday.
“I’m incredibly proud of the Marshall University football team, Coach Doc Holliday, the staff and the athletic department, and the entire state of West Virginia should be, too.
“Throughout this season, the Thundering Herd has brought positive national exposure to our state and proudly showcased the true Marshall spirit.
“The biggest reason for Marshall’s success, both on the athletic field and off, has been the tremendous level of support that the community has shown to the students of Marshall. In fact from its founding in 1837 to the 1970 tragic plane crash to today, the one constant has been the loyal fans.
“The Marshall story is perhaps one of the greatest tales of perseverance, courage and the incredible spirit of a community and a university determined to succeed and overcome. Today’s football program is further proof of this amazing spirit. Marshall has taken the national stage by storm this season, and that is great for our state. Now the Herd has an opportunity to host the Conference USA Championship game, which will give our entire state positive national attention.
“That is why I am encouraging all Marshall fans to come out and pack the stadium for Friday’s game. All West Virginians should join the Huntington community to cheer for the Thundering Herd to soundly defeat the Hilltoppers and continue this historic football season.
“Put simply, Marshall’s success is the Mountain State’s success. Gayle and I wish Coach Holliday and the team the best of luck!”