SOUTH BEND, Ind. | Tim Brown struck the Heisman Trophy pose on stage at the urging of a fan after putting on his new College Football Hall of Fame blazer, then moments later, Steve McMichael playfully rushed past emcee Mark May like he was about to chase down a quarterback.
Both drew appreciative cheers from the crowd gathered for a rally to see the 24 former players and coaches who were being enshrined Saturday.
That included former South Carolina State coach Willie Jeffries, who compiled a 128-77-4 record in two stints with the Bulldogs. He also coached at Howard and Wichita State, where he was the first African-American head coach at a Division I school.
The biggest cheer was for Chris Spielman, with nearly 100 people in the crowd wearing his No. 36 Ohio State shirt. “This is how we do it at Ohio State,” Spielman said to another loud cheer.
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Former Southern California coach John Robinson drew applause despite being in the backyard of rival Notre Dame. “It’s nice to be in South Bend and not get booed,” Robinson told the crowd.
Among the others being honored were former Miami quarterback Gino Torretta; Penn State running back Curt Warner; West Virginia quarterback Major Harris; and Dick MacPherson, who coached at UMass and Syracuse.
Also: New Mexico State halfback Pervis Atkins; Maryland Eastern Shore halfback Emerson Boozer; Marshall wide receiver Troy Brown; Arizona defensive back Chuck Cecil; Auburn fullback Ed Dyas; BYU tight end Gordon Hudson; Cal Lutheran linebacker Brian Kelley; Harvard center William Lewis; Alabama linebacker Woodrow Lowe; Stanford receiver Ken Margerum; UMass tight end Milt Morin; Iowa linebacker Larry Station; Georgia Tech defensive end Pat Swilling; Nebraska defensive end Grant Wistrom; and Ted Kessinger, who coached at Bethany.