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Posted on: May 24, 2011 1:04 pm
 

2011 Divisional Hall of Fame class announced

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Last week the College Football Hall of Fame's 2011 class was announced for the Division I level -- what we now call the FBS, or are at least supposed to -- and it was a pretty strong class, even if some key names were left off. On Tuesday the National Football Foundation announced its divisional class, which consists of players who played in the FCS, Divisions II and III and the NAIA. The most recognizable name on the list would be former James Madison standout Charles Haley.

While Haley made his name in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers, winning five Super Bowl rings during his career, he also left a giant footprint at James Madison. He was the first player in school history to be a First Team All-American, and he was also the first player to ever be drafted by the NFL. So it's only fitting that he'd become the first James Madison player to be selected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Joining Haley in South Bend this fall will be:

- Dexter Coakley, Appalachian State, LB (1993-96)

- Mike Favor, North Dakota State, C (1985-88)

- Mickey Kobrosky, Trinity College (Conn.) B (1933-36)

- Mike Kelly, Coach, Dayton

- Bill Manlove, Coach, Widener (Pa.), Delaware Valley (Pa.), LaSalle (1961-2001) 

Posted on: May 24, 2011 9:40 am
 

Calhoun predicts Big East split in 4-5 years

By Brett McMurphy, CBSSports.com Senior Writer

PONTA VERDA BEACH, Fla. – UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun admits he likely won’t be coaching when it happens, but he still sees it coming. And it can’t be stopped.

Rapture? The end of the world? Not quite, but the end of the Big East Conference as we know it now.

“My own personal opinion – and I won't probably see this – in the next couple of years, four or five years down the road, I think you'll see a separation [of the football and non-football membership],” Calhoun said. “I think it's inevitable.”

The Big East currently has 16 members, including eight football members. Next season with the addition of TCU, that number inflates to 17 all-sport members and nine football members.

That number could increase even more in the next couple of years with the Big East looking to expand its football membership by as many as three teams, which conceivably could result in a behemoth 20 member conference, including 12 football members.

Big East commissioner John Marinatto has said the Big East’s 16-team basketball league could evolve into 20-teams, split into four pods of five teams or two 10-team divisions.

“If you go to 18 [members], oh boy,” Calhoun said. “We're talking about going to 17 [now and that] creates enough different issues.”

A split of the football and non-football schools has been speculated for some time, but league sources feel that would happen as only a last resort.

Calhoun, 68, said if the league split, the eight basketball members – DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Notre Dame, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s and Villanova – would pursue some additional teams from the Atlantic 10, such as Xavier and Dayton.

“That’s what I think could happen,” Calhoun said.

 
 
 
 
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