Colgate coach Biddle, Syracuse star Harrison among Hall candidates


Legendary Colgate coach Dick Biddle and Syracuse great Marvin Harrison are among the individuals on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot.

The National Football Foundation released Monday the names of 76 players and six coaches from major college football who will be considered for the Hall of Fame this year.

The latest class of about 15 player and coaches will be announced Jan. 7, the day of the College Football Playoff national championship.

Biddle retired in 2013 as the winningest head football coach in Colgate and Patriot League history.

In 18 seasons, he posted an overall record of 137-73, including a 81-27 mark in league games.

Biddle’s teams won seven Patriot League crowns, and he was honored as the league’s coach of the year five times.

He earned national coach of the year honors in 2003 after guiding Colgate to a 15-1 record and a berth in the Division I-AA championship game.

In 2015 Biddle was inducted to the Colgate Athletics Hall of Honor.

Harrison finished his playng days at Syracuse with 2,718 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns before going on to have a Pro Football Hall of Fame career with the Indianapolis Colts. He was enshrined in Canton, Ohio in 2016.

Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer and Vince Young will make their first appearances on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot. Palmer won the Heisman for Southern California in 2002 and went on to a long NFL career.

Young finished second in the Heisman voting in 2005 for Texas, but put on one of the great performances in college football history, leading the Longhorns past USC in the BCS title Rose Bowl game.

Along with Harrison, the other players making their first appearance in the College Football Hall of Fame ballot are Wisconsin tackle Joe Thomas and Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, a two-time Heisman finalist.

The late Rashaan Salaam, who won the Heisman in 1994 for Colorado, and 2001 Heisman winner Eric Crouch on Nebraska are back on the Hall of Fame ballot, along with SMU running back Eric Dickerson, Miami linebacker Ray Lewis and Notre Dame receiver Raghib Ismail.

The six FBS coaches up for election this year are Larry Blakeney from Troy, Jim Carlen, who coached West Virginia, Texas Tech and South Carolina; Dennis Erickson, who won two national titles at Miami during a career that included stints at six schools; former Memphis coach Billy Jack Murphy; and Pete Cawthon Sr., who coached Texas and Texas Tech in the 1920s and ‘30s.

After more than 12,000 National Football Foundation members and current Hall of Famers vote, the results are submitted to the NFF’s Honors Courts, which select the class.


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