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Monday, October 2, 2006
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Game with UCF, McConaughey visit attracting national attention


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Conference USA football game with the University of Central Florida Wednesday evening at Joan C. Edwards Stadium is attracting unprecedented national attention.

Not only is ESPN2 televising the 7:30 p.m. game, but crews from several national entertainment and news outlets will attend the game and pre-game activities as well. "We Are Marshall" star Matthew McConaughey, director McG and producer Basil Iwanyk also will be at the game, promoting the movie and leading the "We Are Marshall' cheer shortly before kickoff.

"When you have something like this taking place, it goes far beyond an athletic contest," Bob Marcum, Marshall's director of athletics, said. "It's about an institution and all of its alums. It's nationwide. It gives our university a great opportunity to tell its story, and to really promote the existing educational activities at the institution."

ESPN2's broadcast crew of Rece Davis, Lou Holtz and Mark May will call the game. Among other outlets tentatively planning to report from the stadium are Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Extra, Yahoo!, MTV, iVillage.com, CSTV, YouTube, iTunes, and Rivals.com.

At least five Warner Bros. executives also will attend the game. The "We Are Marshall" premiere is scheduled for Dec. 12 in Huntington, with the world-wide release of the movie on Dec. 22.

Plenty of tickets still remain for the game. A special package of four end zone tickets for $60 is being offered for the game. Tickets may be ordered by calling 1-800-THE-HERD or online at Herdzone.com. The ticket office in Cam Henderson Center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.