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Eight from Big 12 Institutions on 2019 CFB Hall of Fame Ballot
June 04, 2018


A total of eight former gridiron standouts and coaches from Big 12 institutions were included on the 2019 ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame, as announced by the National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame on Monday.

Texas Tech has three nominees with former running back Byron Hanspard and former coaches Jim Carlen and Pete Cawthon on the list. Carlen also spent four seasons as head coach at West Virginia.

Texas followed with two nominees, as defensive tackle Kenneth Sims and quarterback Vince Young were on the list. Other honorees included K-State quarterback Michael Bishop, Oklahoma defensive back Rickey Dixon and Oklahoma State defensive tackle Byron Hanspard.

The announcement of the 2019 Class will be made Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif. The city is serving as the host for the CFP National Championship, which will be played later that day at Levi’s Stadium. Some of the electees will be on site during the announcement to represent the class and share their thoughts on being elected. The Jan. 7 announcement will be televised live, and specific viewing information will be available as the date draws near. Several of the electees will also participate in the pregame festivities and the coin toss before the championship game.

2019 College Football Hall of Fame Nominees Bios (Big 12 institutions)


Michael Bishop, Kansas State-Quarterback-1998 consensus First Team All-American and winner of the Davey O’Brien Award…1998 Heisman Trophy runner-up who led Cats to 1998 Big 12 North title and berth in conference championship…Set 14 conference and 34 school records while throwing for 2,844 yards and 23 TDs and rushing for 748 yards and 14 TDs in 1998 championship season.

Rickey Dixon, Oklahoma-Defensive Back-1987 consensus First Team All-American and winner of the 1987 Thorpe Award…Two-time First Team All-Big Eight selection and member of 1985 National Championship team…Finished career as school leader in single-season interceptions (9) and ranked second all-time with 17 career interceptions.

Leslie O’Neal, Oklahoma State-Defensive Tackle-Two-time First Team All-American, earning unanimous honors in 1985…Three-time All-Big Eight selection and 1984 Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year, who led Pokes to three-straight bowl berths…Left OSU as school leader in career sacks (34), career TFL (47) and single-season sacks (16).

Kenneth Sims, Texas-Defensive Tackle-Two-time First Team All-American (1980-consensus, 1981-unanimous) and recipient of the 1981 Lombardi Award…Finished eighth in 1981 Heisman Trophy voting and led Longhorns to four bowl berths…Two-time First Team All-SWC performer who ranks fourth in school history with 29 career sacks. 

Vince Young, Texas-Quarterback-2005 consensus First Team All-American and Heisman Trophy runner-up…2005 Maxwell and Davey O’Brien award winner who led Horns to the 2005 national title…2005 unanimous Big 12 Player of the Year and the first player in FBS history with 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a single season (2005).

Byron Hanspard, Texas Tech-Running Back-1996 unanimous First Team All-American and recipient of the Doak Walker Award…Tech’s all-time leader in rushing (4,219) who tied NCAA record by reaching 1,000-yard mark by fifth game of 1996 season…Three-time All-Big 12 selection, helping Red Raiders to first Cotton Bowl since 1938.


Jim Carlen-West Virginia (1966-69), Texas Tech (1970-74), South Carolina (1975-81)-Led teams to eight bowl games and 13 winning seasons in 16 years as head coach…1973 National Coach of the Year…Three-time Southwest Conference Coach of the Year… Coached Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers at South Carolina.

Pete Cawthon Sr.-Austin College [Texas] (1923-27), Texas Tech (1930-40)-Led Tech to four Border Conference titles in 11 seasons at the helm…Led 1938 team to 10-0 regular season and the school’s first-ever Cotton Bowl appearance…Boasts highest win percentage (69.3) among Tech coaches with terms of three years or more.

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