Tuesday, October 3, 2006
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McConaughey to accompany Herd coaches, players in pre-game walk; portion of 'We Are Marshall' to be shown at halftime

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University football fans attending the Thundering Herd's football game Wednesday with the University of Central Florida will not only see "We Are Marshall" star Matthew McConaughey in person, but also on the big screen at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

McConaughey, who portrays Coach Jack Lengyel in "We Are Marshall," will join Marshall football Coach Mark Snyder and the rest of the Thundering Herd players and coaches in their traditional pre-game walk, then spend much of the game on the sidelines.

At the beginning of halftime, a four-minute portion of "We Are Marshall" will be shown at the stadium.

"It is a stirring and poignant moment in the film that will touch anyone who knows this story," H. Keith Spears, vice president for communications and marketing at Marshall, said. "It is an honor that again (director) McG and (producer) Basil Iwanyk are going to share their cinematic artistry with those who have faithfully stood by the Herd."

The walk, which starts near the main entrance of Cam Henderson Center, is expected to begin at about 5:30 p.m., or two hours before the 7:30 p.m. kickoff. Herd fans are invited to line the route in support of the team.

McG, the director of "We Are Marshall, also is expected to join in the walk. The team traditionally walks east on 3rd Avenue, through the west parking lot and into the stadium.

McConaughey and McG also will be on the field shortly before kickoff to lead Thundering Herd fans in the "We Are Marshall" cheer.