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Why Is Marshall Called The Thundering Herd?


Why Is Marshall Called The Thundering Herd?

Why Is Marshall Called The Thundering Herd?

Marshall University has a long and unique history, but perhaps the most
endearing custom of the institution rests in its furry friend, Marco, the school’s mascot.
Initially nicknamed the ‘Big Green’, Marshall’s idea of a mascot did not come to fruition
until Huntington sportswriter Duke Ridgley coined the phrase the ‘Thundering Herd’ in
1925.1 Later in the same year, football coach Charles ‘Trusty’ Tallman guided Marshall
to its first win of the season. Headlines everywhere read ‘Trusty Tallman’s Thundering
Herd.’2 The headlines, along with Zane Grey’s hit novel The Thundering Herd,
popularized the term within the community. As such, Marshall needed a mascot that
could thunder to victory and successfully lead a herd. Thus, the idea of a strong,
determined buffalo was born.

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