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Velasquez claims Hall of Fame Jockey Challenge

Posted on 16 May 2014 by WNST Staff



Rider wins Xpressbet Hall of Fame Jockey Challenge

BALTIMORE, 05-16-14—John Velazquez took top honors, but it was all of his fellow riders who went home winners on Friday afternoon.


Velazquez, 42, compiled 27 points to edge Kent Desormeaux and win the inaugural $50,000 Xpressbet Hall of Fame Jockey Challenge at Pimlico Race Course.


Based in New York, Velazquez won two of four challenge races to finish with a five-point edge over Desormeaux in a competition that featured seven of the eight active Hall of Fame riders.


Also taking part were Northern California-based Russell Baze, North America’s all-time leader with 12,253 victories; Edgar Prado, one of Maryland’s most decorated jockeys with 24 individual riding titles from 1989-99; Mike Smith, who owns a record 20 Breeders’ Cup victories; three-time Kentucky Derby winner Calvin Borel; and 2014 inductee Alex Solis.


Multiple scratches among participants caused separate win and exacta wagering on the four-race challenge to be canceled. The total purse was split evenly among the riders, each receiving $7,142.86.


As part of the event, the Stronach Group, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator which includes Pimlico, donated $50,000 to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund.


“It’s incredible to have all this talent in one room, all these Hall of Famers,” said Velazquez, who owns one Kentucky Derby and two Belmont Stakes among his 5,132 career victories to go along with two Eclipse Awards and more than $302 million in lifetime purses.


“I am the youngest one, so I have followed a lot of them and I am a big fan of all of them,” he said. “It’s great to be here. It’s a great challenge, for a great cause. I’m glad to be part of it.”


The challenge shared Friday’s card with eight stakes races including the $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) for 3-year-old fillies and the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) for older horses; as well as the fifth and final edition of Lady Legends for the Cure presented by Wells Fargo, a pari-mutuel race featuring eight retired female riding pioneers.


This marked the sixth year for a jockey challenge at Pimlico on the eve of the Preakness Stakes and the first in its new format, bringing together a group that has combined to win nearly 45,000 races and more than $1.6 billion in purses, nine Eclipse Awards, 20 Triple Crown races and 41 Breeders’ Cup races.


Twelve points were awarded for finishing first among challenge participants, six for second, four for third and three for fourth. Baze and Solis tied for third place with 12 points apiece, followed by Prado (six), Smith (four) and Borel (three).


“Unfortunately, a lot of the guys didn’t get to ride most of the races,” Velazquez said. ‘With all the rain, there were a lot of scratches. It would have been a lot more fun if everybody had a little more opportunity to ride in the races and make it a little bit closer, but we can only deal with what Mother Nature throws at us.”


Velazquez captured each of the first two challenge races, finishing first among participants in the second race and winning the fourth race with Coco Punch ($7.80) for trainer Robin Graham to give him 24 points.


Desormeaux, 44, who won two Eclipse Awards, 648 races and $11.7 million in purses at Pimlico during his three years in Maryland from 1987-89, had just four points after two challenge races. He was third among participants in the second race and scratched out of the fourth.


With Velazquez sitting out the sixth race, Desormeaux won with Handsome Harley ($5.20) to cut the lead to 24-16 heading into the final challenge race. Velazquez, who  picked up Noor Un Nisa after his original mount was scratched, was fourth in the eighth race while Desormeaux was second.


Baze, 55, and Smith, 48, were each limited to one mount, both in the eighth race. Riding for the first time at Pimlico in his 41-year career and just the third time in Maryland, Baze was first among participants with Seaside, while Smith was third on Dora Dora.


Solis, 50, was second among participants in the fourth and sixth race, and scratched out of the second and eighth. Borel, 47, and Prado, 46, each rode only in the challenge opener, finishing second and fourth, respectively.


Desormeaux won Pimlico’s inaugural Preakness eve jockey challenge over three rivals in 2009, and was second to Javier Castellano in 2010. Switched to an all-female format, the challenge was won by Emma-Jayne Wilson in 2011 and local favorite Rosie Napravnik in 2012.


Wilson repeated her victory last year, when the challenge was tweaked again for a ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ featuring four male and female riders.

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Former Preakness winning jockey Solis voted to Hall of Fame

Posted on 25 April 2014 by WNST Staff


BALTIMORE, 04-25-14—Alex Solis, who guided Snow Chief to victory in the 1986 Preakness Stakes (G1) was elected into The National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame earlier this afternoon. The 50-year-old was also added to the lineup for the Hall of Fame Jockey Challenge on Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico Race Course.

The $50,000 Jockey’s Challenge, presented by Xpressbet, will feature the eight active Hall of Fame riders who have combined to win 49,797 races in North America with earnings of more than $1.8 billion through April 24.

Solis joins Gary Stevens (1997 Hall of Fame inductee), Russell Baze (1999), Mike Smith (2003), Kent Desormeaux (2004), Edgar Prado (2008), John Velazquez (2012) and Calvin Borel (2013) to compete in four races on Friday, May 16 with points award­ed based upon their finish.

The jockey with the most points at the end of the competition will be crowned champion. Riding assignments are determined by a drawing Sunday, May 11, and jockeys receive points for finishing first (12 points), second (6), third (4) and fourth (3) in each race.

The champion jockey will earn $17,500. Other prize money: $10,000 (second), $5,000 (third), $4,500 (fourth), $4,000 (fifth), $3,500 (sixth), $3,000 (seventh) and $2,500 (eighth).

Austin Solis, Alex’s 21-year-old son, recently joined the Pimlico jockey colony. The apprentice rode a pair of winners last Saturday and scored in this afternoon’s opener aboard 10-1 shot Baby Got Boots.

The others in the 2014 Hall of Fame class will be 2007 Preakness winner Curlin, Ashado and trainer Gary Jones. Laurel Park-based sprinting sensation Xtra Heat was a finalist.

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Maryland AD Anderson on Williams HOF election: “(His) contributions…are unmatched”

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Williams Elected for Enshrinement in Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Former University of Maryland head coach Gary Williams has been elected for enshrinement in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as announced today. The Class of 2014 will be enshrined during festivities in Springfield, Mass. on Friday, August 8.

“On behalf of the University of Maryland athletics department, we want to congratulate Gary on being selected for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame,” said Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “Over the past five decades, Gary’s contributions to the University of Maryland as an alum, player and coach are unmatched. Gary has earned this honor through his unwavering commitment and dedication to the game of basketball. He had the uncanny ability to bring the best out of his players. Gary is an outstanding coach and great friend, whose drive, passion and knowledge of the game have led him to the pinnacle of his profession.”

Selected for induction into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame last month, Williams will be the first coach in history to be selected to both institutions in the same year. Joining Williams in the Class of 2014 is Immaculata University’s AIAW National Championship teams of the early 1970s, Alonzo Mourning, Nolan Richardson, Mitch Richmond, Bob Leonard, Nat Clifton, Sarunas Marciulionis, Guy Rodgers and David Stern.

To be elected, finalists required 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  The addition of the direct elect committees were incorporated into the election process to maintain a strong focus on keeping history on the forefront of the voting procedures and to preserve a balance between two eras of basketball.

“Gary Williams is an icon not only here at the University of Maryland, but for all of college basketball,” said Wallace D. Loh, President.  “I congratulate Coach Williams on this much-deserved honor and I celebrate this moment with Terp alumni and fans all over the world.”

Upon returning to the College Park campus in 1989, Gary Williams (Maryland ‘68) led his alma mater’s basketball program from a period of troubled times to an era of national prominence during his 22 seasons at the helm from 1993-2011.

With 14 NCAA Tournament berths in his final 18 seasons, Williams and his staff garnered seven Sweet Sixteen appearances, a pair of consecutive Final Four showings, and the 2002 National Championship – the first of its kind in Maryland basketball history.

“I want to congratulate Gary on this prestigious honor,” said current Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon. “Gary is as respected as they come in the coaching profession. He won at every level, did things the right way and will be recognized as one of the all-time greats in our profession. His record and championship pedigree speak for themselves.”

After leading the Terrapins to the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title in 2010, Williams was voted the league’s Coach of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. It was his second such award, as he was also honored in 2002.

With an all-time record of 461-252 (.646) as Maryland’s head coach, Williams stands as the Terrapins all-time winningest head basketball coach. He passed Charles “Lefty” Driesell, who amassed 348 victories in 18 seasons from 1969 to 1986.

The rise of the Maryland program ran parallel with Williams’ ascent among the most notable in the collegiate coaching fraternity. Williams was one of only five coaches to boast a string of 11 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament from 1994-2004. He produced at least 20 wins in a school-record eight straight seasons from 1996-97 to 2003-04.

Williams was heralded as the national and Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year during the Terps’ 2002 championship run.

In 2001, Williams became just the sixth coach since 1980 to direct his alma mater to the Final Four. A year later, he became the first coach since 1974 to guide his alma mater to a national title.

A former Terrapin point guard and 1968 graduate, Williams was a starter under coach Bud Millikan during the 1965, 1966 and 1967 seasons. He was the team captain as a senior and still lists one of his most memorable basketball moments as his experience as a spectator at the 1966 national championship game conducted at Maryland’s legendary Cole Field House, between Texas Western and Kentucky.

Williams was hired by Maryland on June 13, 1989, inheriting a team that had won only nine games the year before and finished in last place in the ACC. Displaying his coaching abilities immediately, he helped the Terps to 19 wins while advancing to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament – and making him the first coach in school history to lead a team into the postseason in his first year.

Williams began his coaching career as a graduate student at Maryland under freshman coach Tom Davis. The 1969 freshman team finished with a 12-4 record as Williams bonded with Davis in a relationship that would serve him well as his coaching career progressed.

After earning a degree in business, he continued his coaching career as an assistant at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, N.J. After one year, he took over as the head coach and guided his first team to a perfect 27-0 record and the state title. Williams has called that season “the ultimate — there wasn’t another game to win.” Upon winning the NCAA West Region championship in 2001, he fondly recalled his championship at Camden as the “only other time I’ve ever got to cut down a net.”

Williams spent one more year at Woodrow Wilson before accepting an invitation from Davis in 1972 to become an assistant at Lafayette College. While an assistant at Lafayette, Williams also served as the head soccer coach. In 1978, Williams accompanied Davis to Boston College. After one year there, Williams became the head coach at American University.

Williams immediately began making his mark at American. His 1981 squad set the still-standing school record for victories with a 24-6 mark, won the East Coast Conference championship, and played in the NIT. Williams was named the district coach of the year.

American returned to postseason play the next season as the Williams-led Eagles went 21-9 and played in the NIT for the second consecutive year. Only once prior to Williams’ arrival had AU attended a postseason tournament, and the Eagles have not returned since. Williams’ four-year record at AU was 72-42.

In 1983, Williams succeeded Davis at Boston College. He was once again an instant success, posting a 25-7 record and leading the Eagles to the regular-season championship of the Big East in his first season. Making his first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Williams directed the Eagles to the Sweet 16. He finished third in the balloting for national coach of the year, and was honored again as the Eastern Coach of the Year by his peers. He went on to duplicate that NCAA Tournament success again in 1985, leading B.C. back to the Sweet Sixteen.

In 1987, Williams accepted the head coaching job at Ohio State, becoming the 10th basketball coach in that school’s illustrious history. He succeeded Eldon Miller and once again enjoyed success. In three years, the Buckeyes made three postseason appearances. His first squad defeated then-No. 1 and unbeaten Iowa (coached by Tom Davis) in the regular season, in what would be the first of many giant-killings.

During Williams’ three-year term at Ohio State, the Buckeyes defeated a second-ranked Purdue team, perennial power Kansas and highly regarded Big Ten powers Michigan and Illinois. Each of Williams’ three Ohio State teams advanced to postseason play, and he laid the groundwork for the highly successful teams that followed when he left Columbus for College Park.

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Former Terps coach Williams elected to Naismith Hall of Fame

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

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Gary Williams elected to College Basketball Hall of Fame

Posted on 25 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Gary Williams Elected to NCBA Hall of Fame

KANSAS CITY – Former Maryland men’s basketball head coach Gary Williams has been elected for enshrinement to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction Class of 2014 as announced Tuesday.

Williams and the Class of 2014 will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City as part of a three-day celebration of college basketball.

The enshrinement events will have extra meaning for Terrapins fans, as the Maryland men’s basketball team is scheduled to participate in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City Nov. 24 and 25. Iowa State, Alabama and Arizona State will also be competing in the tournament.

Tickets to the hall of fame ceremony will go on sale beginning in September. For more information, follow @CBHOF on Twitter or visit www.collegebasketballhalloffame.com.

As head coach of the Terrapins  from 1990-2011, Williams led the team to 11 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (1994-2004), a National Championship in 2002, an ACC Tournament championship in 2004 and was enshrined into the University of Maryland Sports Hall of Fame and University of Maryland Alumni Hall of Fame.

Williams was also named Coach of the Year from Basketball America, Playboy, CBSsportsline.com, District and the ACC during his career.  He compiled an overall coaching record of 668-380 (.637) and led his teams to seven 25-win seasons and 22 appearances in postseason play.

Joining Williams in the Class of 2014 are All-Americans and NCAA champions Grant Hill of Duke and Darrell Griffith of Louisville, along with two-time national player of the year and All-American Shaquille O’Neal of LSU. Former NAIA star Zelmo Beaty of Prairie View A&M, NCAA Final Four coach Dale Brown, and contributors Howard Garfinkel and Glenn Wilkes, Sr.  also join the class.

The Hall of Fame is located in the College Basketball Experience (CBE), a world-class entertainment facility adjacent to Sprint Center in Kansas City. The CBE Hall of Fame Classic will take place November 24-25 at Sprint Center. Tickets for the Classic are available now and can be purchased through www.axs.com, www.cbehalloffameclassic.com, by phone at 1-888-929-7849 or in person at Sprint Center Box Office.

Williams is also a finalist for induction to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2014. Inductees will be announced in Dallas next weekend as part of Final Four festivities.

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Former Ravens Lewis, Williams, Cunningham on College Football HOF ballot

Posted on 06 March 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot Released

The sport’s top players and coaches vie for college football’s ultimate honor; Announcement of the 2014 Hall of Fame Class to be made live in May from Irving, Texas. 

IRVING, Texas (March 6, 2014) – The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced today the names on the 2014 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, including 75 players and six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 87 players and 26 coaches from the divisional ranks.

“Having a ballot and a voice in the selection of the inductees is one of the most cherished NFF member benefits,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, a 1989 Hall of Fame inductee from Ole Miss. “There is no group more knowledgeable or passionate about college football than our membership, and the tradition of the ballot helps us engage them in the lofty responsibility of selecting those who have reached the pinnacle of achievement in our sport.”

The ballot was mailed this week to the more than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers whose votes will be tabulated and submitted to the NFF’s Honors Court, which deliberates and selects the class. Chaired by Gene Corrigan, a former ACC Commissioner and NCAA president, the 17-member NFF Honors Court includes an elite and geographically diverse pool of athletics directors, conference commissioners, Hall of Famers and members of the media.

“It’s an enormous honor to just be on the ballot when you think that more than 4.99 million people have played college football,” said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. “The Hall’s requirement of being a First-Team All-American creates a much smaller pool of only 1,500 individuals who are even eligible to be on the ballot, so being in today’s elite group means an individual is truly among the greatest to ever have played the game, and we are proud to announce their names.”

The 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be announced in May from Irving, Texas, and they will be inducted at the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Dec. 9, 2014 at the landmark Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. The inductees will be permanently enshrined in the new College Football Hall of Fame at a date to be determined in 2015. The new Hall, currently under construction, will open in Atlanta in time for the 2014 college football season.

To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named a First Team All-American by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for their consensus All-America teams; played their last year of intercollegiate football at least 10 years prior; played within the last 50 years and cannot be currently playing professional football. Coaches must have coached a minimum of 10 years and 100 games as a head coach; won at least 60 percent of their games; and be retired from coaching for at least three years. If a coach is retired and over the age of 70, there is no waiting period. If he is over the age of 75, he is eligible as an active coach. In both cases, the candidate’s post-football record as a citizen may also be weighed.

Once nominated for consideration, all player candidates are submitted to one of eight District Screening Committees, depending on their school’s geographic location, which conducts a vote to determine who will appear on the ballot and represent their respective districts. Each year, approximately 15 candidates, who are not selected for the Hall of Fame, will be named automatic holdovers and will bypass the district screening process and automatically appear on the ballot the following year. Additionally, the Veterans Committee may make recommendations to the Honors Court for exceptions that allow for the induction of players who played more than 50 years ago.

Of the 4.99 million individuals who have played college football since Princeton first battled Rutgers on Nov. 6, 1869, only 934 players have earned induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, or less than two ten-thousandths (.0002) of one percent of those who have played the game during the past 145 years. From the coaching ranks, 205 individuals have achieved Hall of Fame distinction.


If you would like to become a member and receive a voting sheet for this year’s ballot, please contact NFF Director of Membership Ron Dilatush at rdilatush@footballfoundation.com.

Ballots without valid membership numbers will be invalidated.

– A list of candidates and capsule bios are provided on the following pages. You may also click here for a pdf of the candidate names and capsule bios. –

Consensus All-America: Listed as a First Team All-America by at least half of the recognized publications.

Unanimous All-America
: Listed as a First Team All-America by all recognized publications.


Trev Alberts, Nebraska-Linebacker-Named unanimous First Team All-American and BIG-8 Defensive Player of the Year in 1993…Recipient of the 1993 Butkus Award and two-time First Team All-Conference pick…1993 NFF National Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-American.

Eric Bieniemy, Colorado-Running Back
– Played in two national championships, leading Buffs to 1990 national title…Unanimous First Team All-American and finished third in 1990 Heisman voting… Two-time All-Big Eight pick, still holding eight CU records.

Dre Bly, North Carolina-Defensive Back
-Three-time First Team All-American, twice earning consensus honors…Three-time All-ACC pick who earned Rookie of the Year honors in 1996…Holds school records for career (20) and single-season (11) interceptions.

Tony Boselli, Southern California-Offensive Tackle
-Two-time First Team All-American in 1992 and 1994 (consensus-1994)…Named top offensive lineman in Pac-10 (1994)…1994 NFF National Scholar-Athlete and Outland Trophy finalist.

Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma-Linebacker
-Two-time consensus First Team All-America pick (1985-86)…Set school record for tackles in a game (22) and named Butkus Award winner in 1985 and ’86…Led Sooners to three consecutive Orange Bowls and ’85 national championship.

Bob Breunig, Arizona State-Linebacker
-1974 First Team All-American and Silver Anniversary Butkus Award winner… Two-time WAC Defensive Player of the Year who led ASU to consecutive WAC Championships and Fiesta Bowl wins… Finished career as school’s all-time leader in both career and single-season tackles.

Jerome Brown, Miami (Fla.)-Defensive Tackle
-1986 Unanimous First Team All-American and finalist for both the Outland and Lombardi trophies as senior…Helped Canes to four consecutive New Year’s Day bowl games…Ranks 10th in school history with 21 career sacks.

Ruben Brown, Pittsburgh-Offensive Tackle
-1994 First Team All-American…Three-time All-Big East performer, earning unanimous first team honors in 1994…Named Washington D.C. Downtown Athletic Club’s National Outstanding Lineman.

Larry Burton, Purdue-Split End
-First Team All-American and Outstanding College Athlete of America in 1974 and a First Team All-Big Ten selection…Led the team in receiving in both 1973 and 1974…Named team captain and team MVP in 1974.

Dave Butz, Purdue-Defensive Tackle
-1972 consensus First Team All-American… Finalist for the Lombardi Award in 1972 and named First Team All-Conference…Named Defensive MVP of the Senior Bowl.

Freddie Carr, Texas-El Paso-Linebacker
-1967 First Team All-American who helped UTEP to two Sun Bowl victories…Named 1967 Sun Bowl MVP…Ranks in the top ten in numerous school records, including career tackles (410) and single-season tackles (148).

Mark Carrier, Southern California-Safety
-Two-time First Team All-American (1988-89) – unanimous in 1989… 1989 Jim Thorpe Award winner… Two-time First Team All-Conference selection… Led the Pac-10 in interceptions in 1989 with seven.

Wes Chandler, Florida-Split End
-1977 First Team All American, finishing 10th in Heisman Trophy balloting…Two-time First Team All-SEC performer…1977 team captain who led Gators in receiving three consecutive seasons.

Shane Conlan, Penn State-Linebacker
-1986 consensus First Team All-American and Butkus Award finalist…Led Lions to back-to-back national title appearances, winning championship in 1986…Led team in tackles twice and finished career ranked second in career tackles (274) at PSU.

Tim Couch, Kentucky-Quarterback
-1998 consensus First Team All-American who finished fourth in Heisman voting in 1998 and ninth in 1997…1998 SEC Player of the Year who led Cats to first win over Alabama in 75 years…Set seven NCAA, 14 SEC, and 26 school records.

Tom Cousineau, Ohio State-Linebacker
-Two-time consensus First Team All-American and three-time All-Big Ten performer… Recorded 572 career tackles, ranking second all-time in OSU history… Held nine school records at career’s end, still holding six.

Bob Crable, Notre Dame-
Linebacker-Two-time consensus First Team All-American in 1980 and 1981… Set ND records for most career tackles (521), most tackles in a season (187), most tackles in a game (26)… Played in 1981 Hula Bowl.

Paul Crane, Alabama-Center/Linebacker
-Two-way starter at center/linebacker, earning consensus First Team All-America honors…Member of back-to-back national championship teams…1965 SEC Lineman of the Year, helping ‘Bama to consecutive SEC championships.

Eric Crouch, Nebraska-Quarterback
-2001 Heisman, Walter Camp, and Davey O’Brien Award winner who led Huskers to 2001 national title game…Holds NCAA record for career rushing TDs by a quarterback (59)…Led team to 42-9 record and four bowl berths.

Randall Cunningham, UNLV-Punter
-Named First Team All-American as a punter in 1983 and Second Team All-America as a punter and Honorable Mention as a quarterback in 1984…Led UNLV to their first-ever Bowl game…Broke 18 UNLV records.

Troy Davis, Iowa State-Tailback
-Two-time consensus First Team All-American and two-time Heisman Trophy finalist…First player in NCAA history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in two seasons…1996 Big 12 Player of the Year who holds nearly every rushing record at Iowa State.

Eric Dickerson, Southern Methodist-Running Back
-Named unanimous First Team All-American and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1982…Twice named SWC Player of the Year, he holds 14 SMU records including career rushing yards (4,450).

Mike Dirks, Wyoming-Defensive Tackle
-1967 First Team All-American who led Pokes to two bowl berths…Two-time First Team All-WAC selection and member of back-to-back WAC championship teams…Three-year starter who finished career with 210 tackles and 59 tackles for loss.

D.J. Dozier, Penn State-Running Back
– Named 1986 consensus First Team All-American and led PSU to perfect 12-0 season and national championship (1986)… Finished eighth in 1986 Heisman voting… First PSU back to lead the team in rushing for four consecutive seasons.

Tim Dwight, Iowa-Kick Returner/Wide Receiver
-Two-time First Team All-American, earning consensus honors in 1997… First Team All-Big Ten who placed seventh in 1997 Heisman Trophy voting…Finished career as Big Ten’s leader in punt return yardage (1,102).

Jumbo Elliott, Michigan-Offensive Tackle
– Two-time First Team All-American (consensus-’87)… Two-time All-Big Ten First Team selection and member of 1986 Big Ten Co-Champions…Paved the way for Jamie Morris, who had three-straight 1,000-yard seasons.

William Fuller, North Carolina-Defensive Tackle
-Two-time First Team All-American, earning consensus honors in 1983… Holds school record with 57 career TFL and broke Lawrence Taylor’s season record with 22 TFL in 1981…Three-time First Team All-ACC pick.

Thom Gatewood, Notre Dame-Split End
-1970 consensus First Team All-American who finished in the top 12 of Heisman voting…First African-American captain in ND history and led team in receiving for three years and set numerous school records…1971 NFF National Scholar-Athlete.

Willie Gault, Tennessee-Wide Receiver
-1982 First Team All-American…Led Vols to three bowl berths…Set six conference and 12 school punt / kickoff return records…Tied NCAA record for most touchdowns by kick return in a single season (3) in 1980.

Kirk Gibson, Michigan State-Wide Receiver
-Named First Team All-American, led Big Ten in receiving in league play and helped the Spartans to a Big Ten Co-Championship and a No.12 national ranking in 1978…Played MLB for 17 seasons.

Charlie Gogolak, Princeton-Placekicker
-1965 First Team All-American…Set seven NCAA records and led Princeton to an 8-1 season (1965)… Two-time First Team All-Ivy…Holds four school records…Helped popularize the soccer-style technique in the kicking game.

Joe Hamilton, Georgia Tech-Quarterback
-1999 consensus First Team All-American and Davey O’Brien award winner… 1999 Heisman Trophy runner-up and 1999 ACC Player of the Year… Led Tech to three bowl berths and share of 1998 ACC title… Set nine school records.

Al Harris, Arizona State-Defensive End
-Named unanimous First Team All-American and Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy finalist in 1978…Named First Team All-Conference, he set an ASU record with 19 sacks in 1978.

Dana Howard, Illinois-Linebacker
-Two-time First Team All-American, earning unanimous honors as a senior…1994 Butkus Award winner and two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year…School’s all-time leading tackler (595) who led team in tackles each year of career.

Randy Hughes, Oklahoma-Defensive Back
-1974 First Team All-American and member of 1974 national championship team and three Big Eight championship teams…Finished fourth on OU’s career interceptions list (14)…1974 NFF National Scholar-Athlete.

Bobby Humphrey, Alabama-Running Back
-Named First Team All-American in 1987…Led Tide to victories in Aloha Bowl and two Sun Bowls…Named UPI Offensive Player of the Year in 1987…Ended career with 4,958 all-purpose yards and 40 TDs.

Raghib Ismail, Notre Dame-Wide Receiver
-Two-time First Team All-American earning consensus honors in 1989 and unanimous laurels in 1990…Walter Camp Player of the Year and Heisman Trophy runner-up in 1990…Led ND to national championship at the Fiesta Bowl and two Orange Bowls.

Roy Jefferson, Utah-Split End
-1964 First Team All-American who led Utes to Liberty Bowl win…Two-time First Team All-WAC performer, leading team to 1964 conference title…Twice led team in receiving and led WAC in receptions (29) and receiving yards (435) in 1963.

Ernie Jennings, Air Force-Wide Receiver
-1970 consensus First Team All-American, finishing eighth in 1970 Heisman Trophy voting…Led Air Force to 1971 Sugar Bowl berth… Holds every single-season and career receiving record at Air Force.

Keyshawn Johnson, Southern California-Wide Receiver
-1995 unanimous First Team All-American who ranked seventh in Heisman voting…1995 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year…Earned MVP honors in 1995 Cotton Bowl and 1996 Rose Bowl wins.

Clinton Jones, Michigan State-Halfback
-Two-time First Team All-American, earning consensus honors in 1966…Led Spartans to consecutive national championships…Two-time All-Big Ten performer who finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting in 1966.

Lincoln Kennedy, Washington-Offensive Tackle
-1992 unanimous First Team All-American who led Washington to 1991 national title…Led Huskies to three consecutive Pac-10 titles and three Rose Bowl berths…Twice won Morris Trophy as conference’s best offensive lineman.

Tim Krumrie, Wisconsin-Defensive Tackle
-Named a consensus First Team All-American in 1981… Led Badgers to 1981 Garden State Bowl and earned Defensive MVP honors in 1982 Independence Bowl…Three-time First Team All-Conference selection, recording 444 career tackles.

Greg Lewis, Washington-Running Back
-1990 First Team All-American and Doak Walker award winner… Named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year in 1990, leading Huskies to 1990 conference title… Finished seventh in 1990 Heisman voting and recorded 15, 100-yard games.

Jess Lewis, Oregon State-Defensive Tackle
-Named First Team All-American in 1967…Played in the College All-Star Game, East-West Shrine Game and Coaches All-America Bowl in 1970…Two-time First Team All-Conference selection (1967, 1969).

Ray Lewis, Miami (Fla.)-Linebacker
-1995 First Team All-American and Butkus Award runner-up…Led Canes to Fiesta and Orange bowl appearances and ranks sixth all-time at Miami with 388 career tackles…Two-time First Team All-Big East performer who twice led the league in tackles.

Robert Lytle, Michigan-Running Back
-Named consensus All-American in 1976…Finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting… Named Big Ten MVP in 1976 and led UM to two conference championships.

Bob McKay, Texas-Offensive Tackle
-1969 consensus First Team All-American who helped Longhorns to national championship and unbeaten season at Cotton Bowl in senior season…Member of two SWC championship teams and 1969 all-conference selection.

Cade McNown, UCLA-Quarterback
-1998 Consensus First Team All-American and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award recipient…1998 Pac-10 Co-Offensive Player of the Year who led UCLA to consecutive Pac-10 titles in 1997 (shared) and 1998…Holds numerous school records.

Mark Messner, Michigan-Defensive Lineman
-1988 unanimous First Team All-American who was a Lombardi Award finalist…1988 Big Ten Player of the Year and four-time First Team All-Big Ten selection…Led Wolverines to four bowl berths and named MVP of 1985 Fiesta Bowl.

Darrin Nelson, Stanford-Halfback
-1981 First Team All-American who was the first player in NCAA history to rush for over 1,000 yards and catch more than 50 passes in one season…Finished career as NCAA’s all-time leader in all-purpose yardage (6,885)… Four-time All-Pac-10 pick.

Ken Norton Jr., UCLA-Linebacker
-1987 First Team All-American, leading Bruins to four consecutive bowl wins… Member of the 1985 conference championship team… Led team in tackles in 1986 (106) and in 1987 (125) and ranks sixth in school history with 339 career tackles.

Tom Nowatzke, Indiana-Fullback
-Named First Team All-American in 1964…A two-time All-Conference selection (1963-64), he led the Big Ten in rushing in 1963…Played in the East/West Shrine Game, Senior Bowl and Coaches All-American Game.

Jim Otis, Ohio State-Fullback
-Named consensus First Team All-American in 1969…Member  of the 1968 National Championship team…Named First Team All-Big Ten conference in 1969 and led the Buckeyes to two conference titles…Led the team in rushing three times.

Paul Palmer, Temple-Running Back
-1986 unanimous First Team All-American…Led the nation in rushing yards (1,866), rushing yards per game (169.6) and all-purpose yards (2,633) in 1986… Set 23 school records and was named ECAC Player of the Year in 1986.

Antwaan Randle El, Indiana-Quarterback
-2001 First Team consensus All-American…First player in FBS history to pass for 6,000 yards and rush for 3,000 yards in career…Rushed for more yards than any QB in FBS history upon conclusion of career.

Simeon Rice, Illinois-Linebacker
-Two-time First Team All-American and three-time First Team All-Big Ten selection…Holds conference and school record for career sacks (44.5) and Illini record for career tackles for loss (69)…Set school record for single-season sacks (16).

Ron Rivera, California-Linebacker
-1983 consensus First Team All-American…Lombardi Award finalist in 1983 and named East-West Shrine Game Most Valuable Player…Selected as Pac-10 Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 1983…Led team in tackles from 1981-83.

Willie Roaf, Louisiana Tech-Offensive Lineman
-1992 consensus First Team All-American and finalist for Outland Trophy… Led team to 1990 Independence Bowl berth and two-time All-South Independent selection.

Mike Ruth, Boston College-Nose Guard
-1985 consensus First Team All-American and Outland Trophy winner…Three-time All-East and All-ECAC selection…Member of three bowl teams and recorded 344 career tackles, including 29 sacks.

Rashaan Salaam, Colorado-Tailback
-1994 unanimous First Team All-American and Heisman Trophy winner…1994 Walter Camp Player of the Year and Doak Walker Award recipient… 1994 Big Eight Offensive Player of the Year who led nation in rushing, scoring, and all-purpose yards.

Warren Sapp, Miami (Fla.)-Defensive Tackle
-1994 unanimous First Team All-American who finished sixth in Heisman voting… Recipient of the 1994 Lombardi and Nagurski awards and named Big East Defensive Player of the Year…Led Canes to national title game appearance in 1995.

John Sciarra, UCLA-Quarterback
-1975 First Team All-American who placed seventh in Heisman voting…1976 Rose Bowl Player of the Game and two-time team MVP…1975 First Team All-Pac-8 selection and 1975 NFF National Scholar-Athlete.

Larry Seivers, Tennessee-Wide Receiver
-Two-time consensus First Team All-American in 1975 and 1976…Two-time First Team All-SEC selection…Currently ranks sixth in Tennessee history in career reception yardage (1,924) and seventh in career receptions (117).

Sterling Sharpe, South Carolina-Wide Receiver
-1987 First Team All-American…Two-time First Team All-Conference…Set nearly every school receiving record by career’s end, including career receptions (169), single-season receiving yards (1,106) and career receiving yards (2,497).

Art Still, Kentucky-Defensive End
-1977 unanimous First Team All-American…Two-time First Team All-SEC performer who led Cats to 1976 SEC Championship…1977 SEC Defensive Player of the Year who set school record for 22 TFL in 1977 (still standing).

Derrick Thomas, Alabama-Linebacker
-1988 unanimous First Team All-American and Butkus award winner… Led Tide to four consecutive bowl berths, earning 1988 SEC Defensive Player of the Year… Set NCAA career sack record (52) and finished career with 74 TFL.

Zach Thomas, Texas Tech-Linebacker
-Two-time First Team All-American, earning unanimous honors in 1995…Two-time Consensus SWC Defensive Player of the Year (1993, 94) who led Red Raiders to 1994 SWC title…Ranks fifth all-time at Tech with 390 career tackles.

LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU-Tailback
-2000 Unanimous First Team All-American and 2000 Doak Walker Award winner…1999 WAC Offensive Player of the Year who led TCU to consecutive co-shares of WAC title… Holds 15 school records and is TCU’s all-time leading rusher.

Jackie Walker, Tennessee-Linebacker
-1970 and ’71 First Team All-American…Set NCAA record for career interceptions returned for TD by a linebacker (5)… Two-time First Team All-SEC selection who helped Vols to 1969 SEC Championship.

Wesley Walls, Mississippi-Tight End
-1988 First Team All-American and First Team All-SEC selection…Played as a two-way player his senior season (DE-TE)…Tallied 36 receptions for 426 yards and three touchdowns in one season at tight end…1988 NFF National Scholar-Athlete.

Lorenzo White, Michigan State-Running Back
-Two-time First Team All-American, earning unanimous (’85) and consensus (’87) honors…Led State to 1987 Big Ten title and Rose Bowl win…Led nation in rushing (1985), first MSU player to lead team in rushing four-straight seasons.

Clarence Williams, Washington State-Running Back
-Named First Team All-American and All-Conference in 1964…Twice led the Cougars in rushing, scoring and kickoff returns…Played in the Hula Bowl, East-West Shrine and All-West Coast All-Star Games in 1964.

Ricky Williams, Texas-Running Back
-Two-time unanimous First Team All-American and 1998 Heisman Trophy winner…Finished career as NCAA’s all-time leading rusher and won back-to-back NCAA rushing titles…1998 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year who left Texas with 46 school records.

Steve Wisniewski, Penn State-Offensive Guard
-1988 First Team All-American…Member of 1986 12-0 national championship team…Helped Blair Thomas rush for 1,414 yards and 11 touchdowns in 1987 and D.J. Dozier attain First Team All-America honors in 1986.



Mike Bellotti-Chico State (Calif.) (1984-88), Oregon (1995-2008)-Winningest coach in Oregon football history, leading the Ducks to their first four ten-win seasons in school annals…Led Oregon to two Pac-10 titles and 12 bowl games…Led Ducks to 11-1 record and Fiesta Bowl win in 2001,with a final ranking at No. 2.

Jim Carlen-West Virginia (1966-69), Texas Tech (1970-74), South Carolina (1975-1981)
-Led teams to eight bowl games and 13 winning seasons in 16 years as head coach…1973 National Coach of the Year…Three-time Southwest Conference Coach of the Year… Coached Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers at South Carolina.

Pete Cawthon Sr.-Texas Tech (1930-40)
-Led Tech to four Border Conference titles in 11 seasons at the helm…Led 1938 team to 10-0 regular season and the school’s first-ever Cotton Bowl appearance…Boasts highest win percentage (69.3) among Tech coaches with terms of three years or more.

Danny Ford-Clemson (1978-1989), Arkansas (1993-97)
-Led Tigers to perfect 12-0 season and national title in 1981…Won five ACC championships and twice named conference coach of the year…Boasts four of the top five winningest seasons in school history and set Clemson record with 41 consecutive weeks in AP Top 20…Led Arkansas to first SEC West title in 1995.

Billy Jack Murphy-Memphis (1958-71)
-All-time winningest coach in Memphis history…Had 11 winning seasons and retired as the 15th winningest coach in the nation…Member of the Memphis Hall of Fame and Mississippi State Hall of Fame.

Darryl Rogers-Cal State-Hayward (1965), Fresno State (1966-72), San Jose State (1973-75), Michigan State (1976-79), Arizona State (1980-84)
-Took Fresno State to two bowl games.  Achieved an unprecedented national ranking at San Jose State…Was Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1977 and National Coach of the Year by Sporting News in 1978…Won the Big Ten title in 1978.


Archie Amerson, Northern Arizona-Running Back-Named First Team All-American in 1996…Finished as school’s all-time career rushing leader despite only playing two seasons (3,196 yards)…1996 Walter Payton Award recipient as Division I-AA’s most outstanding offensive player… Led NAU to its first-ever I-AA playoff appearance.

Rennie Benn, Lehigh-Wide Receiver
-Named First Team All-America in 1985…Currently ranks second in NCAA Division I-AA history in touchdown receptions (44), behind only Jerry Rice…Ranks seventh in Division I-AA history in career receiving yards (3,662).

Carl Boyd, Northern Iowa-Running Back
-Named First Team All-America in 1987…Selected First Team All-Conference and Offensive Player of the Year in 1987…In 1987, he was Conference Player of the Week four times…Two-time team captain…Totaled 2,735 career rushing yards and 1,987 receiving yards.

Joe Campbell, Middle Tennessee State-Running Back-
Two-time First Team All-America selection (1990-91)…A three-time First Team All-Conference pick, he was named OVC Player of the Year in 1990…Led the team in rushing all four years.

Bruce Collie, Texas-Arlington-Offensive Tackle-
Named First Team All-America in 1984…Led UTA to 1981 Southland Conference title…Three-time All-SLC selection…Played six seasons in the NFL with San Francisco and Philadelphia.

Case deBruijn, Idaho State-Punter-
Named First Team All-America in 1981…Twice led the nation in punting (1980-81) and was twice the runner up (1978-79)… Season average of 45.9 in 1981 is third all-time in I-AA.

John Dorsey, Connecticut-Linebacker
-Named First Team All-America in 1983…Led the team in tackles from 1981-83…Two-time Yankee Conference Defensive Player of the Year (1982-83).

Tom Ehrhardt, Rhode Island-Quarterback-
Named First Team All-America in 1985…Named Yankee Conference Player of the Year, First Team All-Conference, and First Team All-New England in 1985…Member of the URI Hall of Fame.

Curtis Eller, Villanova-Linebacker-
Two-time First Team All-America selection (1991-92) and was named National Defensive Player of the Year by The Sporting News in 1992…A three-time First Team All-Conference, he twice earned Yankee Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Richard Erenberg, Colgate-Running Back-
Named First Team All-America in 1983…Broke 12 Division I-AA records…Selected as ECAC Player of the Year in 1983…All-time leading rusher in Colgate history…Two-time recipient of the Andy Kerr Award signifying Colgate’s MVP (1982-83).

Don Griffin, Middle Tennessee State-Safety
-1985 First Team All-America and Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year…Three-time First Team All-Conference selection…Recorded 210 tackles, 13 career interceptions, and held school record for interceptions in a game (3).

Don Hass, Montana State-Halfback-
Two-time First Team All-America and First Team All-Conference selection (1966-67)…Set or matched seven conference records…Holds nine school single-season rushing records, including 1,460 yards in a season.

Conway Hayman, Delaware-Offensive Guard-
Named First Team All-America in 1970…Two-time First Team All-Conference selection (1969-70)…Led team to two conference titles and three Lambert Cup Eastern Championships.

John Hill, Lehigh-Center-
Named First Team All-America in 1971…Recipient of Football Roundup Magazine’s College Division Exemplary Player Award…Named First Team All-ECAC and New York Times All-East in 1971.

John Huard, Maine-Linebacker-
Two-time First Team All-America and First Team All-Conference selection (1965-66)…Led Maine to its first postseason game, the Tangerine Bowl in 1964.

Rene Ingoglia, Massachusetts-Running Back-
Finished career ranked second all-time in FCS history in TDs (54) and as school’s all-time leader in rushing (4,624) and carries (905) among others…First UMass player to average more than 100 ypg rushing in career.

Garry Kuhlman, Delaware-Offensive Tackle-
Two-time First Team All-America and All-ECAC selection (1980-81)…His 1979 team led all Division I-AA teams in scoring with 35.5 points and 405.5 yards total offense per game.

Steve McAdoo, Middle Tennessee State-Offensive Lineman-
Two-time First Team All-America selection (1991-92)…Earned Third Team All-America honors by the Associated Press in 1990…Three-time First Team All-Conference pick.

Bill McGovern, Holy Cross-Defensive Back-
Named First Team All-America in 1984…Led the nation in interceptions (11) in 1984…Set Division I-AA career interception record with 24…Two-time All-ECAC performer (1983-84)…Named 1984 team captain.

Robert Morris, Georgetown-Defensive End-
Two-time First Team All-America selection (1973-74)…Member of the Georgetown Hall of Fame and the National Slavic Honor Society.

John Ogles, Austin Peay State-Fullback-
Named First Team All-America in 1966…Two-time First Team All-Conference selection (1965-66)…One of two players to have jersey retired at Austin Peay…Member of the Ohio Valley Conference and APSU Athletic Halls of Fame.

Chris Parker, Marshall-Running Back-
1995 First Team All-America pick…Member of 1992 national championship team, leading MU back to national title game in 1993 and ’95 (national runner-up)…Recorded 31 games with at least 100 yards rushing en route to finishing career with 5,924 rushing yards and 68 touchdowns.

Michael Payton, Marshall-Quarterback-
1992 First Team All-America selection and Walter Payton Award winner…Led Herd to 1992 National Championship and appearance in 1991 national title game…Two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year…Passed for over 10,000 yards in career.

Martin Peterson, Pennsylvania-Offensive Tackle-
Named First Team All-America, First Team All-Conference and First Team All-ECAC in 1986…His teams won three conference titles.

Charlie Pierce, Central Florida-Punter / Placekicker-
Named First Team All-America…Career record holder at UCF for punts (173), punt yardage (7,111) and points scored (297)… Helped UCF to FCS playoffs in 1993.

Michael Renna, Delaware-Defensive End-
Two-time First Team All-America, All-Conference and All-ECAC selection (1988-89)…Delaware’s Outstanding Senior Male Athlete in 1990…Finished career as the 10th leading tackler in school history with 205.

Kirk Roach, Western Carolina-Placekicker-
Three-time First Team All-America selection (1984-86)…Four-time First Team All-Conference pick…Holds five Division I-AA kicking records, 10 conference records and 18 school records…Missed only one extra point in four years.

Terry Schmidt, Ball State-Defensive Back
-Named First Team All-America in 1973 when he set a single-season school record with 13 interceptions…Team MVP as a senior…Played in the Coaches All-America Game and the East-West Shrine Game.

Larry Schreiber, Tennessee Tech-Running Back-
Named First Team All-America in 1969…Set an NCAA record for most career rushes with 877…Set six conference records…Currently ranks second on the conference all-time rushing list with 4,421 yards.

Steve Schubert, Massachusetts-Wide Receiver-
Named First Team All-America in 1972…Averaged 81.9 yards receiving per game in 1972, which ranks fourth on the school record list…Holds school record for average yards per catch in a season in with 20.1 in 1972.

Joe Skladany, Lafayette-Linebacker-
Named First Team All-America in 1981…Lettered four years and was named team Rookie of the Year in 1978…Twice named Lafayette Player of the Year…Member of the Lafayette Hall of Fame.

Leonard Smith, McNeese State-Cornerback-
Named First Team All-America in 1982…Two-time All-Southland Conference selection…Named conference Defensive Player of the Year in 1982…Named McNeese MVP and Louisiana Defensive Player of the Year in 1982.

Tom Stenglein, Colgate-Wide Receiver-
Two-time First Team All-America selection (1984-85)…Two-time First Team All-ECAC, pick (1984-85)…Colgate’s all-time leader in receptions in a game (12), season (67) and career (144).

Freddie Thomas, Troy (formerly Troy State)-Defensive Back-
Two-time First Team All-America selection (1986-87) and helped lead Troy State to the National Championship in 1987…A two-time First Team All-Conference pick, he was named team captain in 1987.

Markus Thomas, Eastern Kentucky-Tailback
-Finished career ranked third all-time in FCS history in rushing (5,149)…Two-time Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year who led team to two conference titles…52 career rushing TDs.

Billy Thompson, Maryland Eastern Shore-Defensive Back
-1968 First Team All-America selection…Four-year letterman, who was named team MVP as a senior…Three-time CIAA All-Conference selection…1984 UMES Hall of Fame inductee.

Lee White, Weber State-Fullback-
Named First Team All-America and First Team All-Conference in 1967…Rushing and scoring champion of the Big Sky Conference in 1967…Member of the Big Sky Silver Anniversary Team.

John Zanieski, Yale-Middle Guard-
Named First Team All-America and First Team All-Ivy League in 1984…Selected as the team’s MVP in 1984…Finished second on school’s quarterback sack list with 21.


Anthony Aliucci, Indiana (Pa.)-Quarterback-Named First Team All-America and Harlon Hill Trophy runner-up in 1991…Named team MVP, he led the nation in pass efficiency in 1990…Guiding his team to three playoff appearances, he threw for over 7,300 career yards.

William Campbell, Western State (Colo.)-Defensive Back-
Two-time First Team All-America selection (1978-79)…Set school record for interceptions in a season with seven in 1979…Led the team in tackles his senior year with 84.

Peter Catan, Eastern Illinois-Defensive End-
Two-time First Team All-America selection (1979-80)…Member of the 1978 Division II National Championship team…Holds school record for quarterback sacks in a game (six), season (21) and career (47).

Bruce Cerone, Emporia State (Kan.)-End-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1968-69)…Ranks second in NCAA Division II history in career touchdown receptions (49), fourth in career receiving yards (4,354) and ninth in receptions (241).

Steve Cockerham, Akron-Linebacker
-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1976-77)…Concluded career as the school’s all-time leader in tackles with 715…Led Akron to 1976 Division II Championship Game.

Tom Collins, Indianapolis (Ind.)-Defensive Back
Named First Team All-America in 1985…All-time college football leader in career interceptions (37), representing all levels of the NCAA.

William Dillon, Virginia Union-Free Safety-
Three-time First Team All-America selection (1980-82)…Tallied 16 interceptions in 1983.  1983 Black College Player of the Year…Two-time First Team All-Conference selection and Player of the Year (1981-82).

Jim Ferge, North Dakota State-Linebacker / Def. Tackle-
Two-time First Team All-America and All-Conference selection (1967-68)…Named conference Most Valuable Lineman in 1968…Selected as team captain and MVP in 1968.

Bernard Ford, Central Florida-Wide Receiver-
Named First Team All-America and 1987 Harlon Hill Trophy Finalist…Ranks in Top 10 of 14 UCF records, ranking first in receiving yards in a season (1,403), all-purpose yards per game (188) and average yards per catch in career (21.8).

Chris George, Glenville State (W.Va.)-Wide Receiver- 
Two-time First Team All-America selection and four-time WVIAC pick…Led GSC to Division II National Playoffs in 1993 and ‘94…Member of two conference championship teams and held nine national records by career’s end.

Darwin Gonnerman, South Dakota State-Running Back-
Two-time First Team All-America and All-Conference selection (1967-68)…Led conference in scoring and rushing in 1967…Named conference Back of the Year in 1968…Set 13 school records during his career.

Don Greco, Western Illinois-Offensive Guard-
Named First Team All-America in 1980…Two-time First Team All-Conference selection – winning the conference’s Lineman of the Year award in 1980…A 1980 team captain, he was twice named Western Illinois’ MVP.

Pat Hauser, Cal State-Northridge-Offensive Tackle-
Two-time First Team All-America and All-Conference selection (1982-83)… Four-year starter and letterman.

Bobby Hedrick, Elon-Running Back-
Named First Team All-America in 1980…Ranked second in NCAA history in career rushing yards (5,604), among all divisions, at career’s end (behind only Tony Dorsett).

Chris Hegg, Truman State (Mo.) (formerly Northeast Missouri State)-Quarterback-
Named First Team All-America and AFCA Division II Player of the Year in 1985…Two-time conference Offensive Player of the Year (1984-85)…Still holds eight conference records.

Louis Jackson, Cal Poly S.L.O.-Running Back-
Two-time First Team All-America selection (1978-80)…Member of the 1980 Division II National Championship team…Holds school records for yards rushing in a career (3,444), season (1,463) and game (267).

Gary McCauley, Clarion (Pa.)-Tight End-
Two-time First Team All-America selection (1980-81)…Member of two conference title teams…Holds school career receiving records for receptions (135) and receiving yards (1,736)…Four-year starter.

Ed O’Brien, Central Florida-Placekicker-
Named First Team All-America…UCF record holder for career field goals made (50), field goals attempted (77) and longest field goal made (55 yards)…Helped UCF to 1987 Division II Semifinals.

Gary Puetz, Valparaiso-Offensive Tackle-
Two-time First Team All-America selection (1971-72)…Three-time First Team All-Conference selection…Made first team All-Conference as a placekicker as well in 1972…Earned team’s MVP award.

Bill Royce, Ashland (Ohio)-Linebacker-
Named First Team All-America…Two-time MWIFC Defensive Player of the Year…Recorded 366 career tackles, including 71 sacks… Helped Ashland to four-year team record 33-10-1.

Gary Wichard, LIU-C.W.Post (N.Y.)-Quarterback-
Named First Team All-America, ECAC Player of the Year and team captain in 1971…Played in the 1972 Senior Bowl…Set school records in career passing yards (5,373), touchdown passes (41) and total offense (5,642).

Jerry Woods, Northern Michigan-Defensive Back-
Two-time First Team All-America selection and All-Conference pick (1987-88)… Returned 89 punts for 1,129 yards, a 12.6 yard average…Returned kickoffs for 1,475 yards, a 24.9 yard average and current school record.


John Bothe, Augustana (Ill.)-Center-Named First Team All-America in 1988…One of three finalists for the 1988 NCAA Division III Player of the Year Award…Three-time First Team All-Conference selection (1986-88)…Helped Augustana to a 45-3-1 record.

Sean Brewer, Millsaps (Miss.)-Defensive Lineman
-Three-time First Team All-America selection (1990-92)…Set school record for most career tackles, currently ranks second.

Vin Carioscia, Franklin & Marshall (Pa.)-Offensive Tackle-Two-time First Team All-America and First Team All-Conference selection (1981-82)…Named First Team All-ECAC in 1982.  A four-year letterman and a three-year starter.

Ray Condren, Gettysburg (Pa.)-Running Back-
Two-time First Team All-America, All-ECAC and All-Conference selection (1983-84)…Finished second in rushing in Division III in 1984…Named ECAC Division III Player of the Year in 1984.

Al Dorenkamp, Central (Iowa)-Linebacker-
Named First Team All-America in 1974…Two-time First Team All-Conference selection (1973-74)…Captained Central to a perfect 11-0 mark and the Division III National Championship in 1974.

Chuck Downey, Stony Brook-Safety-
1987 First Team All-America selection…Recorded 239 tackles and 13 interceptions on defense…First player in Division III history to achieve 1,000 yards on both punt and kickoff returns in a career…Currently holds 12 NCAA Division III records and 23 school records.

Blake Elliott, Saint John’s (Minn.)-Wide Receiver-
Two-time First Team All-American and winner of the 2003 Gagliardi Trophy…Two-time MIAC Player of the Year… Led SJU to 2003 DIII national title and owns 29 school records.

Rick Fry, Occidental (Calif.)-End-
Two-time First Team All-America and All-Conference selection (1976-77)…Was the NCAA annual champion for receiving in 1976-77 and set four NCAA receiving records…Member of the Occidental Football Hall of Fame.

Ed Kelley, Hampden-Sydney (Va.)-Defensive End-
Two-time First Team All-America selection (1974-75)…Three-time First Team All-Conference pick (1973-75)…Led the defensive unit that gave up only 10.8 points per game in 1975.

Fran McDermott, St. Mary’s (Calif.)-Defensive Back-
Two-time First Team All-America selection (1979-80)…Played in the 1981 Japan Bowl.  Four-year starter and letterman…Holds school records for most interceptions in a career (21), season (8) and game (4).

Kenneth Murawski, Carnegie Mellon (Pa.)-Linebacker-
Named First Team All-America in 1981…Named First Team All-Conference in 1981 and Second Team in 1980…Two-time team defensive captain…Totaled 243 career tackles and nine interceptions.

Alonzo Patterson, Wagner -Running Back-
Two-time First Team All-America selection (1981-82)…Finished fourth on the NCAA leading rusher list for all divisions in 1981, leading Division III with 1,487 yards…Three-time ECAC Player of the Year (1980-82).

Gerry Quinlivan, Buffalo-Linebacker-
Named First Team All-America in 1984…Two-time First Team ECAC Upstate New York selection and team captain (1983-84)…Four-year starter and letterman…Two-time Most Outstanding Linebacker (1983-84).


Marlin Briscoe, Nebraska-Omaha-Quarterback-1967 First Team NAIA All-American who ranks third all-time at UNO with 5,114 passing yards…Set 22 offensive records by career’s end… Three-time All-CIC selection.

Mark Cotney, Cameron (Okla.)-Defensive Back-
Named First Team NAIA All-America and All-Conference in 1974…Amassed 132 career tackles and seven interceptions in two seasons at Cameron.

Karl Douglas, Texas A&M-Kingsville-Quarterback-
Led Javalinas to back-to-back NAIA national titles in 1969-70 as well as four consecutive conference championships…First player to be named most valuable back in the NAIA game in consecutive years.

Duane Fritz, Chadron State (Neb.)-Punter-
Named First Team NAIA All-America in 1975…Led NAIA II and the conference in punting in 1975…Averaged 42.3 yards on 65 punts in 1975.

Ron Hausauer, Jamestown (N.D.)-Offensive Guard-
Two-time First Team NAIA All-America and First Team All-Conference (1980-81)…Four-year letterman…Member of the Jamestown College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Lynn Hieber, Indiana (Pa.)-Quarterback-
Two-time First Team NAIA All-America selection (1974-75)…Won the Division II Total Offense crown in 1975…Selected as ECAC Division II Player of the Year, First Team All-East and First Team All-ECAC in 1975.

Terron Jackson, Missouri Southern State-Offensive Tackle-
Named First Team NAIA All-America in 1972…Member of school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Randy Page, Central Oklahoma-Quarterback-
Named First Team NAIA All-America in 1983 and earned Second Team NAIA All-America honors in 1982…Led UCO to an NAIA National Championship in 1982…Broke 14 school records.

Dave Pomante, Whitworth (Wash.)-Defensive Lineman-
Named First Team NAIA All-America in 1981…Two-time All-District selection…Set school records with 20 sacks in a season and 35 in a career…Led team with 117 tackles as a senior.

Bobby Saiz, Adams State (Colo.)-Quarterback-
Named First Team NAIA All-America in 1989…Passed for 10,169 career yards and 87 touchdowns…Averaged 251 yards per game in total offense…Led team to No. 1 NAIA national ranking in 1989.

Ed Smith, Bethel (Kan.)-Wide Receiver-
Named First Team NAIA All-America in 1985…Three-time First Team All-Conference selection (1984-86)…Holds 13 school records…His 47 career touchdown receptions were two short of the national record.

Brad Tokar, Westminster (Pa.)-Running Back-
Named First Team All-America in 1990…Two-time First Team NAIA All-America selection (1988, 1990)…Led Westminster to two NAIA Division II National Championships…Westminster’s all-time leading rusher with 5,269 career yards.

Jay Wessler, Illinois College-Running Back-
Named First Team NAIA All-America in 1979…Three-time member of the NAIA District All-Star Team…Three-time team MVP (1978-80) and Illinois Athlete of the Year (1979-81).

Mike Wiggins, Iowa Wesleyan-Punter-
Named First Team All-America in 1987 and NAIA All-America in 1986 and 1987…Named National Punting Champion for the NAIA in 1987.


Bill Bowes-New Hampshire (1972-98)-Won more games than any coach in Yankee Conference history…Claimed 11 conference titles and was a multiple winner of the District I Coach of the Year award…He was the recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to Football Award by the New Hampshire Chapter of the NFF.

Paul Durham-Linfield (Ore.) (1948-67)-
His team won seven conference championships…Named 1962 NAIA Coach of the Year…Was the athletics director at Linfield while coaching…Member of the Oregon Sports, Helms Athletic and NAIA Football Coaches Halls of Fame.

Jim Feix-Western Kentucky (1968-83)-
Named Kodak College Coach of the Year for Division IV in 1973 and 1975…Won or shared six conference titles…Three-time conference Coach of the Year (1973, 1978, 1980)…The winningest coach in school history…Charter member of the school Athletic Hall of Fame.

Howard Fletcher-Northern Illinois (1956-68)-
Coached unbeaten NCAA College Division and NAIA National Championship team in 1963…Led NIU to three conference titles (1963-65)…Inducted into the NIU Athletic Hall of Fame…Was the runner-up as Kodak College Division Coach of the Year in 1963…Made three appearances in the Mineral Water Bowl.

Ross Fortier-Minnesota Moorhead (formerly Moorhead State) (1970-92)-
School’s all-time winningest coach…Led his team to seven postseason playoffs and nine conference championships…Led 1981 team to unbeaten regular season and number one ranking in the final regular season poll…Member of the NAIA Hall of Fame.

Morley Fraser-Albion (Mich.) (1954-68)-
Led Albion to five conference championship and was named the Small College Coach of the Year in 1964…Coached one All-America, five conference Players of the Year and 65 first team All-Conference selections…Was a Commander in the U.S. Navy during WWII…Received the Distinguished American Award from the Michigan Chapter of the NFF.

Frank Girardi-Lycoming (Pa.) (1972-2007)
-Led Lyco to two national championship appearances and led team to 13 Middle Atlantic Conference championships…Boasts 11 Division III playoff appearances and is one of only 15 coaches to ever win 250 games at one institution…12-time MAC Coach of the Year who coached 10 First Team All-Americans and 217 First Team All-Conference players.

Rudy Hubbard-Florida A&M (1974-85)-
Captured back-to-back national championships, 1977 and 1978, including the inaugural NCAA Division I-AA National Title in 1978… Led A&M to back-to-back SIAC championships.

Art Keller-Carthage (Wis.) (1952-82)-
Named FWAA College Division Distinguished Coach in 1982 and four-time NAIA District Coach of the Year…Member of the NAIA District 14 Hall of Fame…Won eight conference titles and compiled three 14-game winning streaks…Member of the Carthage Hall of Fame and received the President’s Medal of Honor.

Glenn Killinger-Dickinson (Pa.) (1922), Rensselaer (N.Y.) (1927-32), Moravian (Pa.) (1933), West Chester (Pa.) (1934-41, 45-59)-
Winningest coach in West Chester history…Member of the College Football Hall of Fame as a player and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame…Had only one losing season in 37 years as a head coach.

Larry Korver-Northwestern College (Iowa) (1967-94)
Led Northwestern to two National Championships, 14 playoff appearances and 212 victories in 28 seasons on the sidelines…Twice named NAIA National Coach of the Year, he has coached 32 players to All-America status.

Dick Lowry-Wayne State (Mich.) (1974-79), Hillsdale (Mich.) (1980-96)
-Won seven conference championships at both schools and earned five births in the NAIA national playoffs winning the National Championship in 1985…He was voted NAIA Coach of the Year in 1982 and was conference Coach of the Year six times.

James Malosky-Minnesota Duluth (1958-97)
Winningest coach in Division II history at time of retirement…Led teams to nine  conference championships…Named NSIC, MIAC and/or NAIA Coach of the Year 13 times…Produced 33 winning seasons in 40 years at UMD.

Don Miller-Trinity (Conn.) (1967-98)-
Recorded 28 winning seasons out of 32…Retired as the all-time winningest Division III football coach in New England history (now second)…Four-time NESCAC Coach of the Year and 1993 New England Division II/III Coach of the Year…Team recorded best record in NESCAC seven times.

Jerry Moore-North Texas (1979-80), Texas Tech (1981-85), Appalachian State (1989-2012)-Led Mountaineers to three consecutive FCS national titles from 2005-07 and boasts FCS record of 13-straight postseason victories in contiguous years (2005-08)…Most wins in school history who posted 10 SoCon championships…Only DI coach to win AFCA Coach of the Year honors three years in a row.

Charles Murphy-Middle Tennessee State (1947-68)-
Captured seven Volunteer State Athletic Conference Championships…Won seven Ohio Valley Conference Championships…Named Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year in 1965.

Jim Ostendarp-Amherst (Mass.) (1959-91)-
Named UPI Small College Coach of the Year in 1964…Selected as the New York Football Writers Division II/III Coach of the Year in 1984…Captured 13 Little Three titles…Named AFCA/Kodak New England Coach of the Year in 1961 and 1964.

Forrest Perkins-Wisconsin-Whitewater (1956-84)-
At the time of his retirement, he ranked second on the active wins list on the Division III level…Named NAIA Coach of the Year in 1966…The all-time winningest coach in conference and school history.  Captured 11 Conference titles.

Bill Ramseyer-Wilmington (Ohio) (1972-90), Virginia’s College at Wise (1991-2001)-
Three-time District Coach of the Year…Seven Hall of Fame inductions, including NAIA Hall of Fame (1997)…Coached his teams to a winning season in 24-of-30 seasons…Coached Wilmington to an NAIA National Runner-Up in 1980…Coached 70 All-Americans.

Dwight Reed-Lincoln (Mo.) (1949-71)-
Teams won three conference titles…Coached 93 All-Americans in four sports…The football stadium at Lincoln University was named for him.

Pete Schmidt-Albion (Mich.) (1983-96)
-Teams won nine MIAA championships (seven outright), five NCAA Division III playoff appearances and the 1994 NCAA Division III National Championship… 1994 AFCA National Coach of the Year.

Clyde “Buck” Starbeck-Northern Iowa (1936-42, 1945-57)-
Captured seven conference championships in 10 years…Went 31 consecutive conference games without a defeat…Member of the University of Northern Iowa Hall of Fame.

Jim Tressel-Youngstown State (1986-2000), Ohio State (2001-2010)-
Led teams to nine national title game appearances, winning four FCS championships with Youngstown State and one BCS championship with Ohio State…Led Buckeyes to six Big Ten titles and coached 73 First Team All-Americans during career…Two-time Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year, winning one at the FBS and one at FCS level.

John Whitehead-Lehigh (1976-86)-
Named Division II Coach of the Year in 1977 and Division I-AA Coach of the Year in 1979…Captured the 1977 Division II National Championship…Runner-up in the 1979 Division I-AA National Championship.

Alex Yunevich-Alfred (N.Y.) (1937-41, 1946-76)-
Had six undefeated teams…His team was 1971 Lambert Bowl Division III champions of the East…Named Small College Coach of the Year in 1956 by the Washington Touchdown Club and same in 1971 by the NY Football Writers.

Allen Zikmund-Nebraska-Kearney (formerly Kearney State) (1955-71)
-His teams won 11 conference titles…Nine of his players were named NAIA All-Americas and 67 made All-Conference…Member of the NAIA Hall of Fame.

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Newsome, Devereaux headed to National High School Hall of Fame

Posted on 04 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Five outstanding former high school athletes, including legendary Cleveland Browns’ tight end Ozzie Newsome from Alabama and pro basketball star Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway from Tennessee, headline the 2014 class of the National High School Hall of Fame.

Joining Newsome and Hardaway as athletes in the 2014 class are Casey Blake, a four-sport star at Indianola (Iowa) High School, who had a 13-year professional baseball career; Michael Devereaux, a four-sport standout at Kelly Walsh High School in Casper, Wyoming, who enjoyed an 12-year professional baseball career; and Suzy Powell, a basketball and track and field star at Thomas Downey High School in Modesto, California, who competed in three Olympic Games.

These five individuals, along with four high school coaches, one contest official, one administrator and one in the performing arts, will be inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) National High School Hall of Fame July 2 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts. The 32nd Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be the closing event of the 95thannual NFHS Summer Meeting.

High school coaches slated for induction this year include Bob McDonald, basketball coach at Chisholm (Minnesota) High School who is retiring this year after a legendary 59-year coaching career; Morgan Gilbert, who retired last year from Tuckerman (Arkansas) High School after winning more than 1,000 games as both a basketball coach and baseball coach during a 48-year career; Katie Horstman, who started the girls sports program at Minster (Ohio) High School in 1972 and led the girls track team to eight state championships; and Frank Pecora, who becomes Vermont’s first inductee in the National High School Hall of Fame after leading Northfield (Vermont) High School to 15 state baseball championships.

Other members of the 2014 induction class are George Demetriou, a football and baseball official from Colorado Springs, Colorado, who is a state and national officiating leader in both sports; Sheryl Solberg, a state and national leader in the development of girls athletics programs during her 34 years as assistant to the executive secretary of the North Dakota High School Activities Association; and Randy Pierce, a state and national debate leader who coached debate at Pattonville High School in Maryland Heights, Missouri, for almost 40 years before retiring in 2012.



Ozzie Newsome was a three-sport standout (football, basketball, baseball) at Colbert County High School in Leighton, Alabama, in the early 1970s. He helped Colbert County to state championships in football and basketball in 1972 and to the state finals in baseball in 1973. After four years at the University of Alabama, Newsome became one of the greatest tight ends in National Football League (NFL) history during his 13-year career with the Cleveland Browns. He has been general manager/executive vice president of the Baltimore Ravens since 1996 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999.

Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway scored more than 3,000 points during his three-year basketball career at Treadwell High School in Memphis, Tennessee, from 1987 to 1990. As a senior, Hardaway averaged 36 points and 10 rebounds per game and was the Parade National Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball in Tennessee. Hardaway was an all-American at Memphis State University and a four-time National Basketball Association (NBA) all-star with the Orlando Magic. He played with three other NBA teams during his 15-year career and was a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic basketball team that won a gold medal.

Casey Blake was named the Top Male High School Athlete in Iowa in 1992 at the conclusion of his four-sport, four-year career at Indianola High School. As the team’s quarterback, he led Indianola to the state football playoffs twice and was the leading scorer on the basketball team. He was the first freshman to play on the school’s baseball team and was named all-state two times, and he was a medal winner in the 400-meter hurdles in the state track meet. Blake was a three-time All-American at Wichita State University and retired in 2011 after a 13-year career in professional baseball with five teams, including the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Michael Devereaux was one of the greatest high school athletes in Wyoming history at Kelly Walsh High School in Casper (1979-81). He led the track team to the 1981 state championship while setting state records in four events (100, 200, 400 and high jump), helped the basketball team to back-to-back titles in 1980 and 1981, and was a member of the state football championship team in 1980. Though the Wyoming High School Activities Association does not sponsor baseball, Devereaux led his American Legion team to three state titles. The highlights of his 12-year professional baseball career were with the Baltimore Orioles in 1992, when he finished seventh in the MVP voting, and with the Atlanta Braves in 1995, when he was MVP of the National League Championship Series and helped the Braves to the World Series title.

Suzy Powell was one of the top discus throwers at all levels of competition in this country – from her days at Thomas Downey High School in Modesto, California, until her retirement in 2012. Powell set the national high school girls discus record of 188-4 in 1994 and held the mark until 2009. She was three-time California state champion in the discus and was the California Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year in 1994. Powell also played basketball and averaged 21.6 points per game as a senior. She was a member of three U.S. Olympic teams (1996, 2000 and 2008) and was ranked No. 1 in the United States in the discus as recently as 2007.



            After 59 years and at the age of 80, Bob McDonald concluded his amazing basketball coaching career this year. McDonald spent the final 53 years at Chisholm (Minnesota) High School and finished with an overall record of 1,012-428, which included three state championships and 11 state tournament appearances. He is one of only 13 coaches nationally to surpass 1,000 victories. McDonald also coached track and field at Chisholm for 50 years and won a state title in 2001. 

Morgan Gilbert is the only high school coach in history to surpass 1,000 victories in both basketball and baseball and ranks among the top 10 all-time leaders in both sports. After concluding his remarkable 48-year career last year, including the past 40 years at Tuckerman (Arkansas) High School, Gilbert ranked sixth all-time in baseball coaching victories with a 1,030-396 career mark and seventh all-time in basketball with a 1,077-593 career record. His teams competed in the state basketball playoffs 38 times and the state baseball playoffs 39 times.

Katie Horstman was considered a pioneer in the area of girls athletics in the state of Ohio after starting the girls athletic program at her alma mater – Minster High School – in 1972. In her 25 years at Minster, Horstman coached volleyball, basketball, gymnastics, track and field, cross country and softball. Her track and field teams won eight state titles and finished second four other times, and she led the cross country team to one state title and three runner-up finishes. Prior to returning to Minster, Horstman played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1950s.

The first person from Vermont to be inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame, Frank Pecora had an outstanding career as baseball coach at Northfield High School. In 38 years (1973, 1976-2012), Pecora’s teams won 15 state championships, including five in a row from 1997 to 2001, and finished second four other times. Pecora was the school’s athletic director as well during his career at Northfield. He was president of the Vermont State Athletic Directors Association and served on the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Board of Directors.



George Demetriou has officiated high school baseball and football in Colorado for 25 years, including three championship games in baseball and two in football; however, his contributions to officiating in those sports go far beyond his on-the-field accomplishments. Demetriou has served as the Colorado High School Activities Association baseball and football rules interpreter and has authored widely distributed books in both sports. He has written more than 300 articles, many of which have appeared in Referee magazine, and he is the author of an annual football study guide for NFHS and NCAA rules.



Sheryl Solberg was one of the leaders in the development and growth of girls sports programs – in her state and across the nation – during her 34 years as assistant to the executive secretary of the North Dakota High School Activities Association (1978-2012). At the state level, she handled coaches and officials programs for most of the state’s sports, and was involved with several national rules experiments, including rally scoring and the libero position in volleyball and the smaller-size basketball for girls. She also led numerous officiating camps and clinics throughout the country.



Randy Pierce was a leader in high school debate at all levels – from almost 40 years at Pattonville High School to his work with the Missouri State High School Activities Association to his work with the NFHS and the National Debate Topic Selection Committee. Pierce coached the Pattonville High School mock trial team to six state championships and qualified students to MSHSAA state championships for 37 consecutive years. In 2010, Pierce received his seventh diamond award from the National Forensic League.

The National High School Hall of Fame was started in 1982 by the NFHS to honor high school athletes, coaches, contest officials, administrators, performing arts coaches/directors and others for their extraordinary achievements and accomplishments in high school sports and activity programs. This year’s class increases the number of people in the Hall of Fame to 423.

The 12 individuals were chosen after a two-level selection process involving a screening committee composed of active high school state association administrators, coaches and officials, and a final selection committee composed of coaches, former athletes, state association officials, media representatives and educational leaders. Nominations were made through NFHS member associations.

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Gary Williams among ten finalists for Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

Posted on 14 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Ten Finalists for 2014 Election

Friday, February 14, 2014

First-Time Finalists include seven-time NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning and ’94 NABC Coach of the Year Nolan Richardson

NEW ORLEANS, LA and SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today, at NBA All-Star Weekend, eight elite players, coaches and one team as finalists from the North American and Women’s committees to be considered for election in 2014.  Hall of Fame finalist recognition is a career highlight for many in the sport of basketball.  This year’s list includes six first-time finalists: three-time NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson, seven-time NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning and 1994 Naismith, NABC Coach of the Year Nolan Richardson, four-time National Coach of the Year Eddie Sutton, NCAA National Championship coach Gary Williams and Immaculata University’s AIAW National Championship teams of the early 1970s.  Previous finalists included again this year for consideration are five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, four-time NBA All-Star Spencer Haywood, six-time AAU National Champion Coach Harley Redin and six-time NBA All-Star Mitch Richmond. The Class of 2014 will be unveiled at the NCAA Final Four in April.

“We are proud to present a distinguished group of finalists for the Class of 2014 who have made huge strides in the game of basketball,” said Jerry Colangelo, Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  “Each finalist has made a difference to the game in their own way.  It’s not going to be easy for the Honors Committee to select the final class members.”

Also announced today are five Direct Elects who are the initial members of the Class of 2014.  They include Bob Leonard voted in from the American Basketball Association (ABA) Committee, Nat Clifton from the Early African American Pioneers Committee, Sarunas Marciulionis from the International Committee, Guy Rodgers from the Veterans Committee and David Stern from the Contributor Direct Election Committee.

The complete list of eight finalists from the North American Screening Committee include: players Tim Hardaway, Spencer Haywood, Kevin Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, Mitch Richmond and coaches Nolan Richardson, Eddie Sutton and Gary Williams. From the Women’s Screening Committee: Harley Redin and Immaculata University.

The Class of 2014 will be announced on Monday, April 7 at a press conference in North Texas prior to the NCAA Men’s Championship game.  A finalist needs 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  The Class of 2014 will be enshrined during festivities in Springfield, Mass. in August.

Women’s Committee Finalists:

HARLEY REDIN [Coach] – Redin, compiled an overall women’s record of 431-66 (.867) capturing six AAU National Championships (1956, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1970, 1971). Leading Wayland Baptist to two undefeated women’s season (1956, 2957), 17 top five finishes and went 110-2 during his first four seasons at Wayland Baptist. He coached the Women’s US National Team in 1959, the 1971 Pan-American Games, and the 1963 World Tournament in Peru. Redin is also a member of the US Olympic Committee and the AAU Rules Committee. He was the recipient of the Jostens-Berenson Service Award by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association for his lifetime of service to women’s basketball (1992) and the recipient of the Naismith Award for Outstanding Contribution to the game of women’s basketball (2000). Redin was named #42 in Sports Illustrated 50 Greatest Sports Figure from Texas.

IMMACULATA UNIVERSITY [Team] – Coached by Hall of Famer Cathy Rush, Immaculata University won three straight AIAW National Championships (1972-74), compiling an overall record of 60-2 in three seasons. They were the first women’s college team to play in a nationally televised game, play at Madison Square Garden and to play in Australia. The roster included some of the nation’s best women’s basketball players including: Theresa Shank, who was a three-time All American recording 1,167 points and 952 rebounds in her career, Marianne Crawford, who was a two-time Kodak All- America also recording 747 points and 544 assists and Mary Scharff, who was a Kodak All-American recording 1,235 points and 583 rebounds in her career. All three ladies were inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

North American Committee Finalists:

TIM HARDAWAY [Player] – A 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist, Hardaway played 13 NBA seasons scoring a total of 15,373 points while averaging more than 20 points per game for four consecutive seasons.  He is the 1990 recipient of the Jack McMahon Award for most inspirational player and a 1993 All-NBA Third Team member.  He currently ranks thirteenth in NBA history with 7,095 career assists and 1,542 career three-point field goals.  The Chicago, Ill. native was a member of the men’s basketball at the University of Texas at El Paso (1985-1989) and played in the NBA from 1989-2003.  He is known for making his signature move – the “UTEP Two-step” – famous in 1989, the same year he was named WAC Player of the Year.

SPENCER HAYWOOD [Player] – Haywood joined the ABA in 1969 and then went on to play for 12 years in the NBA (1970-1983), where he scored 14,592 points, had 7,038 rebounds and won a National Championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1980.  He is a four-time NBA All-Star (1972-1975) and two-time All-NBA First Team member (1973, 1974).  Haywood was the leading scorer on the 1968 gold medal United States Olympic team.  During his time with the ABA’s Denver Nuggets, he was named ABA Rookie of the Year and ABA All Star Game MVP.  He holds ABA single season records for most minutes played (3,808), most field goals made (986), most rebounds (1,637) and highest rebounding average (19.5).  At the University of Detroit, he received a unanimous First Team All-America selection in 1969.

KEVIN JOHNSON [Player] – Johnson is the first player to have his jersey retired at the University of California.  After playing for Cal from 1983-1987 he played for 12 years in the NBA and holds the NBA Finals single-game record for most minutes played with 62.  Johnson is the first player in NBA history to average at least 20 points, 10 assists, a .500 field goal percentage and two steals per game for an entire season.  In 1989, he earned the NBA Most Improved Player award.  The three-time NBA All-Star (1990, 1991, 1994) is also an All-NBA Second Team member (1989, 1990, 1991, 1994) and an All-NBA Third Team member (1992).  Now the mayor of his hometown of Sacramento, CA, Johnson was a major advocate of keeping the Sacramento Kings NBA team in the city when it was at high risk of moving.

ALONZO MOURNING [Player] – Mourning was a seven-time NBA All-Star (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002) and a member of the Miami Heat NBA Championship team in 2006.  He is a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1999, 2000) and a two-time NBA All-Defensive First Team member (1999, 2000).  He led the NBA in blocked shots (1998-99, 1999-2000) and blocks per game (1998-99, 1999-2000) and earned an NBA All Rookie Team recognition in 1993.  The Chesapeake, Virginia native attended Georgetown University (1988-1992) and played in the NBA from 1993 until 2008 and the all-time leader in blocks for the Miami Heat with 1,625.

NOLAN RICHARDSON [Coach] – The 1994 Naismith and NABC Coach of the Year, Richardson led the University of Arkansas to the 1994 National Championship and to three Final Four appearances (1990, 1994, 1995).  Richardson is an enshrinee in the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and the Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.  He was the 1998 SEC Coach of the Year and led Tulsa to an NIT championship in 1981 and Western Texas to a NJCCA national championship in 1980.  Richardson compiled a collegiate coaching record of 509-207 (.711).

MITCH RICHMOND [Player] – A six-time NBA All-Star, Richmond is a 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist, 1988 Olympic Bronze Medalist and won the 2002 NBA Championship with the Los Angeles Lakers.  At the beginning of his NBA career he became a part of the Golden State Warriors’ famous “RUN TMC” attack.  Richmond is the 1995 NBA All-Star Game MVP, the 1989 NBA Rookie of the Year and a two-time All-NBA Third Team member (1996, 1998).  He scored 20,497 points and averaged more than 21 points per game for ten consecuive seasons in the NBA.  At Kansas State University, he averaged 20.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game and was UPI, The Sporting News and USBWA Second Team All-America in 1988.

EDDIE SUTTON [Coach] – The four-time National Coach of the Year (1977, 1978, 1986, 1995) and eight-time Conference Coach of the Year (1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1986, 1993, 1998, 2004) is the first coach in NCAA history to lead four different schools in the NCAA Tournament.  Sutton currently ranks eighth among Division I coaches in all-time victories and has recorded only one losing season in 37 years of coaching (1989).  He coached Oklahoma State University from 1991-2006 and ties the conference record for wins by a first-year coach with 24.  He guided his teams to three Final Fours, six Elite Eights and 12 Sweet Sixteens.

GARY WILLIAMS [Coach] – As head coach of the University of Maryland from 1990-2011, Williams led the team to 11 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (1994-2004), a National Championship in 2002, an ACC Tournament championship in 2004 and was enshrined into the University of Maryland Sports Hall of Fame and University of Maryland Alumni Hall of Fame. Williams was named Coach of the Year from Basketball America, Playboy, CBSsportsline.com, District and the ACC.  He compiled an overall coaching record of 668-380 (.637) and led his teams to seven 25-win seasons and 22 appearances in postseason play.

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Group starts campaign aimed at seeing Morgan alum Chester in Hall of Fame

Posted on 04 February 2014 by WNST Staff


      On October 5, 2013, the Black Sports Legends Foundation,  a 501 C 3 nonprofit organization announced the formation of a planning committee headed by Derrick Ramsey,  Athletic Director of  Coppin State University, to get Raymond Chester nominated to the NFL  Pro – Football  Hall Of Fame for the class of 2015.  The announcement occurred at the 2013 Pre-Game Memorial & Celebration , on the campus of Morgan State University. 

     The strategies  that will be implemented  will  include  the following : Engaging  the Morgan State University School of Communications Student Organization , Morgan State University National  Alumni Association  office and  the Morgan State University Baltimore City Howard Cornish Chapter. We will also be contacting the Superintendants Of Schools for the Baltimore,  City Public Schools, and Oakland, California City Public school system to get public school students engaged in the national email voting campaign.  We have contacted the public relations department for the Oakland Raiders, which we plan to engage to generate emails and letters from the Oakland Raider’s Nation fan base  to jump start the national email and letter writing campaign.

       We will also be reaching out to members of the Black College Football Hall of Fame, headed by Doug Williams and James Harris, and members of the NFL Pro- Football Hall of Fame.  Local and national sports writers and sports broadcasters  will  move the campaign forward by emailing the NFL seven – man member senior committee.  

Please take a minute of your time to visit our website at www.theblacksportslegendsfoundation.org and, click on the photo gallery to view the 2013 Pre-Game Memorial & Celebration.


Charged with the vital task of continuing to ensure that new enshrines are the finest the game has produced is the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 46-person Selection Committee (see list below).

FAQ about the Hall’s selection process

The Committee consists of one media representative from each pro football city with two from New York, inasmuch as that city has two teams in the National Football League. A 33rd member is a representative of the Pro Football Writers of America and there are 13 at-large delegates.

How is a Senior Candidate Chosen?

To assure that older players will be considered, along with the Modern Era players, a Seniors Committee, made up of nine veteran members of the overall Selection Committee, has been established to consider nominees whose active career has been completed by at least 25 years.  

Like the full Committee, the members of the Seniors Committee are provided a preliminary list of eligible nominees.  The list, which is compiled and mailed to the selectors by June 1, includes carry-over nominations from the previous year, first-time eligible candidates, and nominations from any outside source.  By way of a mail ballot the Committee members reduce the list to 15 Senior Nominee finalists.   Five members of the nine-man Committee, selected on a rotating basis, are designated to attend the annual Seniors Committee meeting held in Canton, where they are charged with the responsibility of nominating two candidates from that list to be among the 17 finalists for Hall of Fame election.  In advance of the meeting, each selector is provided with detailed biographical information on the candidates.

Senior Committee members are assisted during their annual meeting by two Hall of Fame consultants, chosen by the Hall’s president, who were contemporaries of the majority of the nominees.  The consultants offer only their opinions and are not entitled to vote.  After each candidate is discussed thoroughly, the consultants are excused from the meeting.  Additional discussion is conducted followed by a series of reduction votes that results in the naming of two Senior Nominees.

Although the Senior Nominees will be presented to the full Selection Committee as two of the 17 finalists, their election to the Hall of Fame is not automatic.  The Senior Nominees must receive the same minimum 80% of the vote as a Modern Era candidate to be elected.



Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee
Arizona Kent Somers, Arizona Republic
Atlanta Len Pasquarelli, CBS-Atlanta
Baltimore Scott Garceau, WMAR-TV
Buffalo Mark Gaughan, Buffalo News
Carolina Darin Gantt, ProFootballTalk
Chicago Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune*
Cincinnati Joe Reedy, Cincinnati Enquirer
Cleveland Tony Grossi, ESPNCleveland.com/WKNR Radio
Dallas Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News*
Denver Jeff Legwold, ESPN.com
Detroit Anwar Richardson, MLive!
Green Bay Cliff Christl, Green Bay Press-Gazette
Houston John McClain, Houston Chronicle*
Indianapolis Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star
Jacksonville Sam Kouvaris, WJXT-TV
Kansas City Randy Covitz, Kansas City Star
Miami Edwin Pope, Miami Herald
Minnesota Mark Craig, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
New England Ron Borges, Boston Herald*
New Orleans Pete Finney, Times-Picayune
New York (Giants) Bob Glauber, Newsday
New York (Jets) Gary Myers, New York Daily News
Oakland Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
Philadelphia Paul Domowitch, Philadelphia Daily News
Pittsburgh Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
St. Louis Bernie Miklasz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch*
San Diego Nick Canepa, San Diego Union Tribune
San Francisco Nancy Gay, Comcast Sportsnet
Seattle Mike Sando, ESPN.com
Tampa Bay Ira Kaufman, Tampa Tribune
Tennessee David Climer, The Tennessean
Washington David Elfin, 106.7 The Fan
PFWA Darryl Ledbetter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
At Large Howard Balzer, The Sports Xchange
At Large Jarrett Bell, USA Today
At Large John Clayton, ESPN/ESPN Magazine
At Large Jason Cole, Yahoo! Sports
At Large John Czarnecki, FOXSports.com*
At Large Dave Goldberg, AOL Sports/Fanhouse*
At Large Clark Judge, CBSSports.com
At Large Peter King, Sports Illustrated  
At Large Ira Miller, The Sports Xchange*  
At Large Sal Paolantonio, ESPN  
At Large Vito Stellino, Florida Times Union  
At Large Jim Trotter, Sports Illustrated  
At Large Charean Williams, Ft. Worth Star Telegram  

* Also serves on the Senior Selection Committee. 





1.) Dan Pompei* Former sports columnist Chicago Tribune – Twitter – Dan Pompei @ danpompei

2.) Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News* – email – rgosselin@dallasnews.com

3.) John McClain, Houston Chronicle* email- john.mcclain@chron.com

4.) Ron Borges boston herald*- email ron.borges@bostonherald.com

5.) Bernie Miklasz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch* email- bjmiklasz@post-dispatch.com

6.) John Czarnecki*  At Large  –   email – John Czarnecki, msn.foxsports.com

7.) Dave Goldberg At Large*  –  email –  dgoldberg@ap.org


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Cabral to be inducted into Blast Hall of Fame

Posted on 30 January 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – The Baltimore Blast have announced that former player Denison Cabral will be inducted into the Baltimore Blast Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 22nd. Original Blast Head Coach Kenny Cooper, former players Stan Stamenkovic, Mike Stankovic, Tim Wittman, Bruce Savage, Dave MacWilliams, Joey Fink, Heinz Wirtz, Keith Van Eron, Dominic Mobilio, Billy Ronson, Richard Chinapoo, Cris Vaccaro, Pat Ercoli, Doug Neely, Danny Counce, Rusty Troy, and Tarik Walker are already in the Hall of Fame, along with original MISL Commissioner Earl Foreman. Cabral will be honored in a ceremony during halftime of the Blast game against the Syracuse Silver Knights.

“As I got back into indoor soccer in 1998, Kevin Healey mentioned that Denison Cabral was available.  When I met him, I was impressed with his interpersonal skills as it relates to his team mates and the fans off the field.  Over the 13 years that he played with my team, I viewed him as one of the most skilled prolific scorers in Blast history.  When he would line up to take penalty kicks, it was an absolute that he was going to score and he did!  It has been my pleasure to have him be on our team and I am congratulating him on his induction in to the Baltimore Blast Hall of Fame”, said Blast owner Ed Hale.
Denison Cabral played 13 seasons in Baltimore. Cabral, a five-time League All Star  is also ranked first in franchise history in points (941), total goals (445), two point goals (284), one point goals(142), power play goals (85), game winning goals (32), and playoff scoring (81). During his career, Cabral was a 5 time all- league, won 5 championships with the Blast and was the 2003 2008 Championship MVP. Today, he continues his love and knowledge for soccer as enters his 8th year as the President and Director of Coaching of the Denison Cabral Futsal Academy.  Working with boys and girls from ages 4 to 19, the DCFA is one of the strongest organizations of Futsal in Maryland and the country. Recently, U.S. Futsal (USFF) announced that “Cabral, former US National Futsal Team member and indoor soccer star, as the Director of Youth Player Development to head U.S. Futsal’s recently established Youth Development Program.”

I am very honored and humbled to be voted into such an esteemed Hall of Fame next to some of the legends of the sport; “The magician”, Wittman, Mobilio and Walker (long time teammate and friend)… That’s amazing!  I was blessed to have had the best years of my career spent in Baltimore and it will always hold a special place in my heart. I would also like to thank Mr. Hale, his family, Kevin Healey and the entire Blast organization for making me always feel like a part of the Blast family. I would also like to thank all my teammates and especially the Baltimore fans for their years of support. I will always be thankful for this chapter of my professional career and enjoyed it very much. God knows how much I miss all of preparation for games, traveling, back flips, climbing on the boards, and all of the excitement as a player. Lastly, I thank God for the opportunity to have experienced everything I have always dreamed about.” said Cabral.

Kevin Healey, President and General Manager of the Blast added, “Denison was a Hall of Famer for the Blast both on and off the field.  I look forward to the 22nd when Denison receives his well-deserved honor.”

The Blast, 10-3 are traveling to Syracuse tomorrow to play the Silver Knights for the third time this season at 7:30pm at the OnCenter War Memorial Arena. The Blast’s next two home games are Friday February 21st at 7:05pm and Saturday February 22nd at 6:05pm. Single-game tickets cost $22, $19, and $16. They are on sale at the Baltimore Arena Box Office, by calling TicketMaster at 410-547-SEAT or online at www.ticketmaster.com. For additional information on all Blast tickets, call the Blast office at 410-73-BLAST.

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