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
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 Minnesota||6 a.m.||BTN|
|Ole Miss at Alabama||6 a.m.||CBSC|
|Michigan at Purdue||8 a.m.||BTN|
|Marshall at East Carolina||9 a.m.||CBSC|
|2007: Fresno State at Texas A&M||9 a.m.||FCS Central (cable)|
|Oregon at Purdue||10 a.m.||ESPNU|
|Penn State at Iowa||10 a.m.||BTN|
|2006: Air Force at UNLV||10 a.m.||MTN|
|Navy at Notre Dame||Noon||CBSC|
|Iowa at Illinois||12:30 p.m.||BTN|
|Holiday Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Oregon||1 p.m.||ESPNU|
|Iowa State at UNLV||2 p.m.||MTN|
|Central Michigan at Purdue||3p.m.||BTN|
|Marshall at East Carolina||3 p.m.||CBSC|
|New Mexico at UNLV||4:30 p.m.||MTN|
|Cal Poly at Wisconsin||5 p.m.||BTN|
|Alabama at LSU||6 p.m.||CBSC|
|Iowa at Michigan State||7 p.m.||BTN|
|Wyoming at UNLV||7:30 p.m.||MTN|
|Northern Illinois at Minnesota||9 p.m.||BTN|
|2007: Utah at UNLV||10 p.m.||MTN|
|Michigan at Purdue||Midnight||BTN|
|Iowa State at UNLV||12:30 a.m.||MTN|
|Marshall at East Carolina||12:30 p.m.||CBSC|