Fourteen players and three coaches, including national-title winners Phil Fulmer and Jimmy Johnson, were announced Tuesday as the latest class for the College Football Hall of Fame.
Fulmer and Johnson were joined by former Texas A&M head man R.C. Slocum among the coaches. Fulmer guided Tennessee to the national title in 1998, the first season of the BCS. Johnson coached Miami to a national title in 1987; he also was a player on Arkansas' 1964 national title team.
The players named for induction were LSU tailback Charles Alexander, Purdue running back Otis Armstrong, California quarterback Steve Bartkowski, USC wide receiver Hal Bedsole, Notre Dame tight end Dave Casper, BYU quarterback Ty Detmer, Rice quarterback Tommy Kramer, Syracuse wide receiver Art Monk, Colorado State safety Greg Myers, UCLA offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, Texas Tech defensive tackle Gabe Rivera, Kansas State linebacker Mark Simoneau, Air Force safety Scott Thomas and Colorado guard John Wooten, who was a selection from the veterans committee.
Players from five decades were represented: 1950s (Wooten), '60s (Bedsole), '70s (Alexander, Armstrong, Bartkowski, Casper, Kramer and Monk), '80s (Rivera and Thomas) and '90s (Detmer, Myers, Ogden and Simoneau). Detmer was the only Heisman winner, while there were 11 consensus first-team All-Americans (Alexander twice, Armstrong, Bartkowski, Bedsole, Casper, Detmer twice, Kramer, Myers, Rivera, Simoneau and Thomas).
Players have to have received first-team All-America recognition to be considered for the Hall; in addition, a player is ineligible for the Hall until 10 years have passed since he last played college ball. Players who are playing professionally and coaches who are coaching on the professional level are not eligible until after they retire. A coach becomes eligible three years after retirement or immediately following retirement provided he is at least 70 years of age.
Among those on the ballot who were not inducted this year were Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth, USC safety Mark Carrier, SMU running back Eric Dickerson, Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier, Ohio State offensive tackle Orlando Pace, Oklahoma linebacker Rod Shoate, Michigan State linebacker Percy Snow, Miami quarterback Vinny Testaverde, Georgia safety Scott Woerner and Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel.
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