INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL ALUMNI NEWSLETTER
Volume One, Number Eleven
April 25, 2008
Editor: Tom James, TJames1475@aol.com
ISU Football Alumni Blog Page: http://isufootballalumni.blogspot.com/
PICTURES FROM INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL GOLF OUTING CAN NOW BE VIEWED
For those of you who weren't able to attend last week's Indiana State Football Golf Outing at Idle Creek Golf Course in Terre Haute, here are some pictures (courtesy of GoSycamores.com, the official website of Indiana State University Athletics).
Just click on the link below in order to take a look at the 159 pictures available on the website.
- - GoSycamores.com—Official Web Site of Indiana State Athletics
INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL ALUMNI CURRENTLY IN THE INDIANA FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
Thanks to former Sycamore Charlie Karazia for sending along this list of former Indiana State football personnel who are now enshrined in the Indiana Football Hall of Fame
1976 Charles Bush, James Conover, Dick Martin , Bob Nesbit
1977 N. E. “Gene” Wernz
1979 Paul Beck
1981 Stewart “Red” Faught
1985 Ward Brown, Jerry Huntsman
1988 Thomas Stirling
1996 Ed Robertson
1998 Joe Goodman
2000 Vincent Allen
2001 Phil Teegarden
2003 Rich Dodson
2006 Charlie Karazsia
SOME QUICK NOTES
--I didn't get a chance to touch base with all of the former players who attended either the football golf outing or the Blue-White Scrimmage last weekend at Indiana State. After the fact, I learned that Charlie Karazsia was at the golf outing and that Kenny Monroe was at the scrimmage. Sorry guys! I didn't mean to leave you unmentioned.
Some of the others that I neglected to mention from the weekend included Chris Yeakey, Howard Holmes, and Tim Herrin.
--In my last newsletter, I listed a large group of former players, coaches, student managers that I had lost track of. Sadly to say, I was informed by former Indiana State Sports information director Ed McKee that Jerry Huntsman (who was the head football coach at ISU in the late 1960s and early 1970s) had died a couple of years ago.
I knew that Jerry, who also was an assistant athletic director for the Sycamores after his retirement as head coach, had experienced health problems in the past. But I was not aware that he had died.
--I recently made some inquiries to the College Football Hall of Fame as to what it would take to nominate former Indiana State running back Vincent Allen. Here is a copy of the email that I received from Hillary Jeffries, director of special projects for the Hall of Fame:
I hope this finds you well.
I have attached the criteria as well as the nomination form for the College Football Hall of Fame. Pending Mr. Allen meets all criteria, he will not be considered until 2009. Nominations are not due until the first of December.
There are two Hall of Fame classes each year: 1) Football Bowl Subdivision and 2) Divisional (includes FCS, DII, DIII and NAIA).
Should you have any questions or need anything else, please don't hesitate to reach me at 800.486.1865 or via email at email@example.com. Take care.
Hillary A. Jeffries
Director of Special Projects
The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
433 East Las Colinas Blvd.
Irving, TX 75039
972.556.1000, ext. 217
COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
CRITERIA AND PROCEDURE GUIDE
1. FIRST AND FOREMOST, A PLAYER MUST HAVE RECEIVED FIRST TEAM ALLAMERICA
RECOGNITION BY A SELECTOR RECOGNIZED BY THE NCAA AND
UTILIZED TO COMPRISE THEIR CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICA TEAMS.
2. A player becomes eligible for consideration by the NFF’s Honors Court ten years after his last
year of intercollegiate football played.
3. While each nominee’s football achievements in college are of prime consideration, his postfootball
record as a citizen is also weighed. He must have proven himself worthy as a citizen,
carrying the ideals of football forward into his relations with his community. Consideration may
also be given for academic honors and whether or not the candidate earned a college degree.
4. In accordance to the 50-year rule*, players must have played their last year of intercollegiate
football within the last 50 years. For example, to be eligible for the 2009 ballot, the player must
have played his last year in 1959 or thereafter. In addition, current professional players and / or
coaches are not eligible until retirement.
5. A coach becomes eligible three years after retirement or immediately following retirement
provided he is at least 70 years old. Active coaches become eligible at 75 years of age. He must
have been a head coach for a minimum of 10 years and coached at least 100 games with a .600
1. Nominations may be made by any dues-paying member of The National Football Foundation, or
by athletics directors, coaches or CoSIDA members representing dues-paying colleges or
2. Statistics, records and personal recommendations by coaches, fellow players and opponents are
3. The National Football Foundation staff will screen each candidate. After ascertaining that the
nomination satisfies all requirements, the nominee is submitted to the District Screening
Committee (DSC) nearest to the institution where the nominee played. New nominees as well as
individuals who appeared on the previous year’s ballot will be included in this process.
4. The top vote-getters from the DSC are forwarded to The National Football Foundation staff for
inclusion on the ballot. (The ballot also carries names of candidates held over from the previous
year. These carryover names are referred to as “automatic holdovers” and are decided upon by
the Honors Court.)
5. The ballot of players and coaches is mailed to all dues-paying members of The National Football
Foundation for a member vote. The results are compiled and provided to the Honors Court,
which determines the final class members, to be used as a reference.
* Those players that do not comply with the 50-year rule and coaches that have not won 60% of their
games may still be eligible for consideration by the FBS (formerly Division I-A) and
Divisional Honors Review Committees, which examine unique cases.
DID YOU KNOW?????
--That ISU strength and conditioning coach Lee McCormick is leaving to take a similar position at the University of Texas. Lee is a Terre Haute native (played at Terre Haute South Vigo High School) and played wide receiver at Murray State (after transferring from ISU).
--That the daughter of former Indiana State quarterback Reggie Allen was a senior on the Notre Dame women's basketball team this past season?
--That the Terre Haute Tribune-Star newspaper will be running a feature story on former Sycamores center Rich Dawson and his son Aaron next Tuesday. Aaron, who was born in Terre Haute while Rich was toiling for the Sycamores, was a fourth-round draft pick of Carolina in the 2004 NHL draft.
--That former Indiana State offensive tackle Chris Hicks is on several major alumni committees at Indiana State? Or that one of Chris' ISU offensive line teammates, ex-Sycamores center Ron Carpenter, is on the search committee to help select a new president of Indiana State? Way to go guys!!!!
--That your voices are being heard within the athletic department at Indiana State. Keep in contact with head coach Trent Miles, recruiting coordinator Kyle Caskey, assistant athletic director John Sherman and Athletic Development Assistant Jackie Gustafson. Remember to ask them how you can help the program.
--And one final note. Think good thoughts about former Indiana State fullback Harry Turner as he continues to battle health problems. "Harry O" is confined to a wheelchair, but he's hanging in there so far.