Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Class of 2010 To Be Inducted In April AT&T Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame Celebration

Six individuals who helped shape the tradition of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic and college football history will be inducted into the AT&T Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame during enshrinement ceremonies on Wednesday, April 14.

AT&T and the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association have announced the Hall of Fame “Class of 2010.” The honorees in the eighth Hall of Fame Class include the CBAA’s first Executive Director Wilbur Evans, Notre Dame receiver Kris Haines, Texas wingback Phil Harris, Alabama middle guard Warren Lyles, Notre Dame quarterback Joe Montana, and Texas A&M/Mississippi State head coach Jackie Sherrill.

The 2010 AT&T Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington on Wednesday, April 14. The ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m., and is free and open to the public.

“The AT&T Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame honors the many extraordinary individuals who have played a role in developing the tradition, pageantry and prestige of one of college football’s most historic post-season bowl games,” said Kathy Saunders, Chairman, Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. “We believe that the AT&T Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame provides future generations with a greater appreciation for the rich tradition of college football on New Year’s Day here in Texas.”

A judging committee comprised of media representatives and athletic administrators voted from a list of 52 nominees that included players, coaches, bowl administrators and others who have made special contributions to the Classic.

Selection criteria for the AT&T Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame include the following:
Voting is based solely upon an individual’s performance in, or contribution to, the Classic rather than on the person’s overall college or professional career. An individual is eligible five years after their final Classic appearance.The Class of 2010 is the eighth to be inducted into the AT&T Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame and the first in three years. The inaugural Class in 1998 included Syracuse halfback Jim Brown, Texas quarterback Bobby Layne, Rice halfback Dicky Maegle, Texas coach Darrell Royal, Cotton Bowl founder J. Curtis Sanford, “Mr. Cotton Bowl” Field Scovell, and SMU halfback Doak Walker.

The Class of 1999 featured TCU quarterback Sammy Baugh, Arkansas coach Frank Broyles, Kilgore Rangerettes founder Gussie Nell Davis, Houston linebacker David Hodge, Cotton Bowl Team Selection Chairman Felix McKnight, and Texas quarterback James Street.

The Class of 2000 honored Alabama and Kentucky coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, Texas quarterback Duke Carlisle, Texas A&M linebacker Johnny Holland, Texas A&M fullback John Kimbrough, the longtime Voice of the Cotton Bowl Lindsey Nelson, Navy quarterback Roger Staubach, and TCU halfback Jim Swink.

The Class of 2001 recognized Texas defensive tackle Scott Appleton, Syracuse halfback Ernie Davis, Miami defensive tackle Russell Maryland, Rice and Clemson head coach Jess Neely, Arkansas defensive tackle Loyd Phillips, Texas split end Cotton Speyrer, and Houston head coach Bill Yeoman.

The Class of 2003 was comprised of former CBAA Chairman Robert B. Cullum, Mississippi quarterback Eagle Day, Georgia tailback Kent Lawrence, LSU head coach Charles McClendon, SMU halfback Kyle Rote, Notre Dame quarterback Joe Theismann, and Texas fullback Steve Worster.

The Class of 2005 honored UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman, Arkansas halfback Lance Alworth, former CBAA executive director Jim “Hoss” Brock, Texas offensive guard Mike Dean, Tennessee fullback Andy Kozar, Tennessee tailback Hank Lauricella, Penn State running back Lydell Mitchell, and former Texas A&M head coach Gene Stallings.

The Class of 2007 featured CBAA photographer Brad Bradley, Oklahoma A&M halfback Bob Fenimore, USC wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, Texas A&M linebacker Dat Nguyen, Notre Dame head coach Ara Parseghian, and Texas offensive tackle Jerry Sisemore.

The AT&T Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame is one of several events developed by AT&T and the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association to extend the Classic to the community and to future generations. Among these activities is the AT&T Cotton Bowl Art Contest involving more than 3,000 elementary children throughout North Texas during the fall.

Since its first game in 1937, the Classic has hosted:
20 Pro Football Hall of Famers 11 Heisman Trophy winners 13 Outland Trophy winners 9 Maxwell Award winners 12 Lombardi Award winners 8 Walter Camp Award winnersIn September 1996, AT&T Inc., became title sponsor of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, an agreement that will run through the year 2010.

CBAA Executive Director: 1970-1978
CBAA Information Director: 1961-63, 1966-69

As one of the Cotton Bowl's famed "Rover Boys," Wilbur Evans commanded a presence over college football in the 1970s that opened doors everywhere he went. The most notable door Evans pried open was in South Bend when he and travel partner Field Scovell persuaded Notre Dame to break a self-imposed 45-year ban on post-season play. The Irish accepted their invitation and the dream matchup of Notre Dame vs. Texas in the 1970 Cotton Bowl became a true football classic. It was quite a beginning for Evans who just months before was appointed as the bowl's first full-time executive director. During his
watch, the Cotton Bowl staged three national championship games – 1970, 1971 and 1978. Evans’ eye for detail set the standard in the bowl industry.

1978 Classic: Notre Dame 38, Texas 10
1979 Classic: Notre Dame 35, Houston 34
  1978 Receiving: 2 receptions, 29 yards, 0 TDs
  1979 Receiving: 4 receptions, 31 yards, 1 TD, 1 Two-Point Conversion
The name Kris Haines warms the hearts of Notre Dame fans all over the world thanks to his miracle catch against Houston in the 1979 Cotton Bowl Classic. Haines and his Irish teammates braved the ice and the cold to rally Notre Dame from a 22-point deficit in the game’s final eight minutes. Down the stretch, Haines grabbed a two-point conversion that brought the Irish within six points of the Cougars with 4:15 left to play. Minutes later, Haines stepped forward again to become Notre Dame’s man of the hour. Irish quarterback Joe Montana connected with his standout receiver on an eight-yard touchdown pass just as time expired. Haines made a diving catch in the corner of the end zone to tie the score at 34-34. The
ensuing PAT added an exclamation point to an amazing come-from-behind Irish victory.

1964 Classic: Texas 28, Navy 6
  Receiving: 3 receptions, 157 yards, 2 TDs
Phil Harris played football like a math major...he knew how to compile big numbers. In the 1964 Classic, the Texas sophomore wingback shredded No. 2 Navy with a record shattering performance by catching three passes for 154 yards. He averaged 52.3 yards a catch and established an NCAA bowl record that has endured for more than 40 years. The game was just six plays old when Harris caught Navy by surprise. He hauled in a throwback pass and then raced 58 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. Harris' second score came on a tipped pass that he promptly turned into a 63-yard touchdown play for Texas. Harris may have been the youngest man on the field, but he played like a veteran in helping the Longhorns secure their first national title.


1981 Classic: Alabama 30, Baylor 2
1982 Classic: Texas 14, Alabama 12
  1981 Defensive Statistics: 8 tackles, 5 unassisted
  1982 Defensive Statistics: 8 assisted tackles
  1981 Tackles For Loss: 5 tackles for -26 yards
  1982 Tackles For Loss: 1 tackle for -1 yard
Alabama middle guard Warren Lyles saved his best effort of the season for the 1981 Cotton Bowl Classic. His coach, the legendary Paul "Bear" Bryant, sensed that Lyles would be the target of Baylor's point of attack. Minutes before kickoff in the Bama locker room, Bryant challenged his defenders to make a statement against the Bears. Obviously, his words touched a nerve, for Lyles responded with a tremendous performance. He recorded eight tackles for the Crimson Tide, five of them were unassisted and resulted in 26 yards in losses. The Alabama defense totally disrupted the Baylor game plan, limiting the Bears to 158 yards in total offense, 54 yards rushing and forced seven turnovers. Lyles lived up to his coach's pregame challenge and helped lead the Crimson Tide to a compelling 30-2 victory.

1978 Classic: Notre Dame 38, Texas 10
1979 Classic: Notre Dame 35, Houston 34
1978 Rushing: 1 attempt, 3 yards
1978 Passing: 10-25-1, 111 yards, 1 TD
1979 Rushing: 7 attempts, 26 yards, 2 TDs
1979 Passing: 13-34-4, 163 yards, 1 TD
1979 Two-Point Conversions: 2-of-3 pass attempts
Notre Dame's "Comeback Kid" proved he had the stuff legends are made of with two incredible Cotton Bowl performances. In the 1978 Classic, Joe Montana led the Irish to a stunning 38-10 upset of top-ranked Texas, a win that vaulted Notre Dame to the national championship. A year later, facing miserable weather conditions and needing a dose of chicken noodle soup to erase a below-normal body temperature, Montana guided the Irish to another amazing finish. He chipped away at Houston's 22-point lead in the fourth quarter to pull out a shocking 35-34 victory on the game's final play.

Classic Coaching Record: 2-2-0
1986 Classic: Texas A&M 36, Auburn 16
1987 Classic: Ohio State 28, Texas A&M 12
1988 Classic: Texas A&M 35, Notre Dame 10
1999 Classic: Texas 38, Mississippi State 11
Jackie Sherrill was a player’s coach. He knew exactly how to motivate his players to reach a higher level come game day. A tireless worker, Sherrill constantly searched for new ideas to get his team ready to play. In 1999, he joined an elite brotherhood of coaches when he guided Mississippi State to the Classic. In the process, Sherrill became one of only three coaches to lead two different institutions to the AT&T Cotton Bowl. In the 1980s, he led Texas A&M to three consecutive appearances, including a memorable victory over Auburn in the Cotton Bowl’s 50th anniversary game in 1986. He taught his players to have high expectations, be prepared and play together as one. With that state of mind, they could not fail.