Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013 Announced

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame will enshrine 14 new members this fall, with 12 former student-athletes and two coaches among the honorees. The class will be inducted Sept. 27 at a dinner and will be introduced to the public at halftime of the Ohio State home football game against Wisconsin Sept. 28.

The 2013 class includes Matt Beaumont (baseball), Hugo Boisvert (men’s hockey), Dan Cheney (men’s lacrosse), John Cooper (football coach), Jim Daniell (football), Ninett Kossowsky (rowing), Melissa Miller (women’s soccer), Saskia Mueller (field hockey), Laura Murray (pistol), Scoonie Penn (men’s basketball), David Pichler (men’s diving), Monica Rincon (women’s tennis), Tommy Rowlands (wrestling) and Jim Sweeney (pistol coach).

The hall of fame was created in 1977 and has inducted 269 men through 2012. Daniell will be the 109th former football player to be inducted, while Cooper is the fifth former football coach to receive a spot in the hall of fame. Penn brings the total of former basketball players to 28 and Pichler will be the 19th diver enshrined. Beaumont will be the 15th former baseball Buckeye to be inducted and Rowlands brings the total number of wrestlers in the elite group to 12.

Women were first inducted into the hall in 1993, with 100 inductees enshrined through 2012. Mueller is the seventh former field hockey player to join the prestigious list, while Kossowsky and Rincon bring the total for their respective sports to five each. Miller and Murray are just the second inducted for soccer and pistol, respectively, and Sweeny will be the first coach of a co-ed sport to be enshrined.

The Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner, which will be a joint dinner for the men and women, will be held in the Archie M. Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union Sept. 27. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with hors d oeuvres and cocktails; dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $75, with tables of eight available for $600. Tickets will go on sale July 1. Payment will not be accepted at the door; reservations and payment must be submitted by Sept. 13. Registration information will be available on OhioStateBuckeyes.com later this month.

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Jody Victor

Eddie George enshrined in College Football Hall of Fame

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2011 National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame class, including Ohio State’s Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Eddie George, was honored at the hall’s Enshrinement Festival last weekend in South Bend, Ind.

George, who holds the single season and single game rushing records for Ohio State and ranks second only to the great Archie Griffin in career yards, becomes the 23rd Ohio State player to enter college football’s Hall of Fame. He is one of only six Ohio State individuals with his name honored in lights in the north end zone of Ohio Stadium. The University recognized George’s pending induction into the Hall of Fame at halftime of Ohio State’s Oct. 28, 2011 Homecoming game against Wisconsin.

The weekend in South Bend kicked off with a Ribs Cook-Off and Block Party. Friday evening concluded with the annual Blazer Presentation, where the Hall of Famers were formally introduced and presented with their official blazers amidst the fans and spectators. Both events were hosted at the Hall of Fame Gridiron Plaza in downtown South Bend.

The events culminated Saturday night with the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Show, hosted by FOX and NFL Network analyst Charles Davis.

George, Ohio State’s sixth Heisman Trophy winner, rushed for a school-record 1,927 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior in 1995. Included in that total were three 200-yard games highlighted by a still-standing school-record 314-yard performance against Illinois. 

George rushed for 1,442 yards as a junior after a combined 399 yards rushing his first two seasons (giving him 3,768 career yards). He was drafted in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. He was named the 1996 NFL Rookie of the Year and played nine years in the league, earning four Pro Bowl berths.

He received his degree in landscape architecture from Ohio State in 2001 through the school’s degree completion program. Later that year his No. 27 jersey was retired by the Athletics Department. In 2006 he was inducted into the Ohio State University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Eddie, and his wife Taj, live in Tennessee with their two sons, Eriq and Jaire.

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Jody Victor