Five coaches make College Football Hall of Fame ballot
- by Zach Barnett 1 year ago
The National Football Foundation today released the names of 77 FBS players and five coaches that are eligible for induction to the College Football Hall of Fame.
The 2013 Hall of Fame class will be chosen by the NFF's Honors Court next month and announced in May.
Coaches must have coached for 10 years and 100 games as a head coach, won at least 60 percent of their games and be retired from the game for at least three years to become eligible for the Hall of Fame. The waiting period for coaches over 70 years old is waived; active coaches must be 75 years old to become eligible.
The NFF took three coaches in the 2012 class (Jimmy Johnson, Phillip Fulmer and R.C. Slocum), so expect a maximum of two coaches from this group to make the Hall. The 2013 class will be inducted on Dec. 10 in New York.
Jim Carlen - West Virginia (1966-69), Texas Tech (1970-74) and South Carolina (1975-81): 107-69-6 (.604). In 16 years as a head coach, Carlen's teams experienced 13 winning seasons and played in eight bowl games. He was named the 1973 National Coach of the Year while leading Texas Tech to an 11-1 season with a Gator Bowl win and second-place finish in the Southwest Conference. He was also a three-time Southwest Conference Coach of the Year. Carlen passed away in July of 2012.
Wayne Hardin - Navy (1959-64) and Temple (1970-82): 118-74-5 (.612). Hardin led Navy to a No. 2 finish in 1963 behind Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach. His 38 wins are third-most in Navy history, and he led the Midshipmen to a 5-1 record over Army in his six seasons in Annapolis. He went on to set Temple's all-time wins record, leading the Owls to a school-record 10 wins, a Garden State Bowl win and a No. 17 final ranking in 1979.
Bill McCartney - Colorado (1982-94): 93-55-5 (.624). The biggest challenger to Big 8 superpowers Tom Osborne at Nebraska and Barry Switzer at Oklahoma, McCartney's teams finished first or second in the conference seven times in a nine-year span, with three conference crowns. McCartney led the Buffaloes to their only national championship with an 11-1-1 season, capped by a win over Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl, in 1990. Colorado finished the season ranked in the top 20 in each of his final six seasons (with a 58-11-4 combined record), including three Top 5 finishes. He was a three-time Big 8 Coach of the Year, and won national honors in 1989.
Billy Jack Murphy - Memphis (1958-71): 91-44-1 (.673). The winningest coach in Memphis history, Murphy led the Tigers to an undefeated season in 1963, claiming national coach of the year accolades in the process. With 11 winning seasons in 14 tries, he retired as the 15th-winningest coach in college football. Murphy passed away in 2008.
Darryl Rogers - Cal-State Heyward (1965), Fresno State (1966-72), San Jose State (1973-75), Michigan State (1976-79) and Arizona State (1980-84): 126-77-7 (.617). Rogers led teams to 15 winning seasons and guided San Jose State and Michigan State to conference championships. Rogers also led Arizona State to a No. 6 national ranking with a 10-2 record and Fiesta Bowl win in 1982. He was The Sporting News' National Coach of the Year in 1978.
Additionally, Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, former Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills head coach Dick Jauron, Seattle Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton, Jr., and Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera were nominated for their accomplishments as players.
NFF members can vote either by mail or electronically through the end of March.