Three Sugar Bowl Participants to be Inducted Into College Football Hall of Fame park
Three former Allstate Sugar Bowl participants are among the 17 members of the 2012 College Football Hall of Fame Class as announced by Archie Manning, the chairman of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. Manning, himself, is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame as well as the Most Outstanding Player of the 1970 Sugar Bowl. He is also a member of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Committee.
The Sugar Bowl now has 46 former coaches and 82 former players who have been enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.
The three former Sugar Bowl participants gaining induction to the College Hall of Fame are Dave Casper (Notre Dame, Dec., 1973 Sugar Bowl), Jimmy Johnson (Coach, Miami, 1986 Sugar Bowl) and R.C. Slocum (Coach, Texas A&M, 1999 Sugar Bowl).
The 2012 College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Class will be inducted at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 4, 2012, at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. They will be officially enshrined in the summer of 2013.
Cited by College Football Hall of Fame coach Ara Parseghian as perhaps the greatest athlete he ever coached, Dave Casper earned All-America honors on the field and in the classroom. He becomes Notre Dame's 44th player to be selected to the College Football Hall of Fame. Serving as Notre Dame's co-captain and offensive MVP during his senior season of 1973, Casper led the Fighting Irish to a national championship while earning consensus All-America honors. Casper was a proficient tight end, catching three passes for 75 yards in No. 5 Notre Dame's 24-23 win over No. 1 Alabama in the 1973 Sugar Bowl – the highest-rated Sugar Bowl of all-time with a TV Rating of 25.3. A versatile asset, he also saw action at split end, as an offensive tackle and along the defensive line during his career.
The Oklahoma State head coach from 1979-83 and Miami head coach from 1984-88, Jimmy Johnson continuously led his teams to victory, earning numerous coaching honors along the way and the national title with the Hurricanes in 1987, capped by a 20-14 victory over Oklahoma in the 1988 Orange Bowl. His 1985 Hurricane team lost to Tennessee in the 1986 Sugar Bowl. He also played in the 1963 Sugar Bowl for Arkansas. Johnson began his head coaching career in Stillwater, Okla., leading the Cowboys to a 29-25-3 mark. He won Big 8 Coach of the Year honors his first year after taking Oklahoma State to a 7-4 record. Under Johnson, the Cowboys won the 1981 Independence Bowl and the 1983 Bluebonnet Bowl. He coached 15 First Team All-Big 8 performers during his five seasons with the Pokes. At Miami, Johnson enjoyed a 52-9 mark in five seasons with five New Year's Day bowl appearances. During his final four seasons in Miami, he posted a remarkable 44-4 record, including four top 10 finishes and two national title appearances. He earned two National Coach of the Year distinctions while coaching 12 First Team All-Americans. Johnson's star pupils included future College Football Hall of Famers Bennie Blades and Russell Maryland as well as the school's first Heisman Trophy winner in Vinny Testaverde. Johnson's tenure was the genesis of an NCAA-record 58 home-game winning streak, which lasted from 1985-94.
The head coach at Texas A&M from 1989-2002, R.C. Slocum is the winningest coach in Texas A&M and Southwest Conference history. A four-time national coach of the year honoree, Slocum's Aggies experienced reigns of dominance over the SWC, including a 22-game league winning streak, a 28-0-1 conference record from 1991-94, and three SWC titles. He also led the Texas A&M to one of the school's landmark victories on Dec. 5, 1998, with a 36-33 double-overtime upset of Kansas State, which gave the Aggies their only Big 12 championship and only win over a No. 1-ranked team. Slocum led the Aggies to 11 bowl games in 14 seasons, five New Year's Day bowl appearances, including a visit to the 1999 Sugar Bowl, and 10 AP top 25 finishes. He retired as college football's sixth-winningest active coach. Under Slocum's leadership, 14 players earned First Team All-America status. Linebacker Dat Nguyen submitted one of the finest seasons in school history in 1998, winning the Bednarik and Lombardi awards.
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