Troy Aikman's Lack of Rose Was Only Regret

Tony GuadagnoliContributor IJuly 18, 2009

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 06:  NFL Hame of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman attends the NFC Wild Card game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium on January 6, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Troy Aikman, who starred at UCLA, Thurman Thomas (Oklahoma State) and coach Lou Holtz will lead the College Football Hall of Fame inductees Saturday night in South Bend, Ind.

Others who will be inducted are Roger Brown (Maryland-Eastern Shore); Billy Cannon (Louisiana State); Fred Dean (Louisiana Tech); Jim Dombrowski (Virginia); Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern); Wilber Marshall (Florida); Rueben Mayes (Washington State); Randall McDaniel (Arizona State); Don McPherson (Syracuse); Sam Mills* (Montclair State, N.J.); Jay Novacek (Wyoming); Dave Parks (Texas Tech); Ron Simmons (Florida State); Rod Smith (Missouri Southern State); Arnold Tucker (Army); and coaches Volney Ashford* (Missouri Valley); John Cooper (Tulsa, Arizona State, Ohio State); Jim Donnan (Marshall). Tony Barnhart of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution will also be inducted as part of the Football Writers Association of America Hall of Fame.

Aikman, who helped Oklahoma to the 1985 national championship before transferring to UCLA, said his only regret as a Bruin is that he could not help the team reach the Rose Bowl.

"The one I regret I have on any level is that I didn't lead a team to the Rose Bowl," Aikman told the Associated Press. "I think a lot of times in the NFL a quarterback is measured by whether or not you lead a team to a championship. For me at UCLA, it was whether or not you led your team to the Rose Bowl. I failed to do that."

Find a link of the inductees' bios here

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In other news:

As I and many outlets wrote Friday, the New York Yankees will make an announcement Monday that Army and Notre Dame will play the first college football game at new Yankee Stadium in 2010. Possible dates, according to the Times Herald-Record of Middletown, N.Y., for the game are Nov. 23 or Oct. 30.

Army also could play Rutgers or Boston College at Yankee Stadium in 2011, 2012 or 2103.

-- Texas Tech coach Mike Leach was in Nevada to give a keynote speech at the Governor's Dinner in Carson City on Friday night. He is friends with Nevada coach Chris Ault and assistant coach Jim Mastro.

Leach has some advice for the Wolf Pack when Big 12 member Missouri travels to Reno Sept. 25.

"The one thing I would say is get those clacker things out," Leach told the Reno Gazette-Journal of the plastic thundersticks that were given out at Missouri last year. "Whatever those plastic things (were) that you slap together like penguin's fins. Bring those things and have them carefully orchestrated. I really do think that that was quite a deal (last season)."

-- Paul Myerberg of The New York Times Quad Blog has Auburn at No. 46 in his countdown to No. 1.

Myerberg writes that the Tigers should finish 10-2, but expects LSU to win the SEC West.

--Here is the Saturday replay schedule courtesy of LSUfootball.net. All times Eastern.

Saturday, July 18
Northwestern at Minnesota6 a.m.BTN
Ole Miss at Alabama6 a.m.CBSC
Michigan at Purdue8 a.m.BTN
Marshall at East Carolina9 a.m.CBSC
2007: Fresno State at Texas A&M9 a.m.FCS Central (cable)
Oregon at Purdue10 a.m.ESPNU
Penn State at Iowa10 a.m.BTN
2006: Air Force at UNLV10 a.m.MTN
Navy at Notre DameNoonCBSC
Iowa at Illinois12:30 p.m.BTN
Holiday Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Oregon1 p.m.ESPNU
Iowa State at UNLV2 p.m.MTN
Central Michigan at Purdue3p.m.BTN
Marshall at East Carolina3 p.m.CBSC
New Mexico at UNLV4:30 p.m.MTN
Cal Poly at Wisconsin5 p.m.BTN
Alabama at LSU6 p.m.CBSC
Iowa at Michigan State7 p.m.BTN
Wyoming at UNLV7:30 p.m.MTN
Northern Illinois at Minnesota9 p.m.BTN
2007: Utah at UNLV10 p.m.MTN
Michigan at PurdueMidnightBTN
Iowa State at UNLV12:30 a.m.MTN
Marshall at East Carolina12:30 p.m.CBSC


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