Ten Big 12 candidates on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot


The National Football Foundation (NFF) and the College Hall of Fame announced the names on the 2023 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, including 80 players and nine coaches from the Football Bowl subdivision and 96 players and 33 coaches from divisional ranks. .

Nominees from Big 12 institutions include Michael Bishop (Kansas State), Rocky Calmus (Oklahoma), Josh Heupel (Oklahoma), Dewey Selmon (Oklahoma), Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State), Derrick Johnson (Texas), Dan Neil (Texas), Coach Jim Carlen (Texas Tech and West Virginia), Coach Pete Cawthon (Texas Tech) and Aaron Beasley (West Virginia).


“It’s a huge honor to be on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot given that over 5.54 million people have played college football and only 1,056 players have been inducted,” said Steve Hatchell, President and CEO of the NFF. “The Hall’s requirement to be a first-team All-American creates a much smaller pool of about 1,500 people who are even eligible. Being part of today’s elite group means an individual is truly among the greatest to ever play the game, and we look forward to announcing the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2023 at the start of the next year.


The ballot was emailed today to the more than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Fame members whose votes will be tabulated and submitted to the NFF Court of Honor, who will deliberate and will select the class. The Court of Honors, chaired by NFF Board Member and College Football Hall of Famer Archie Griffin of Ohio State, includes an elite and geographically diverse pool of sports administrators, Hall of Famers and members of the media.


“Having a ballot and a voice in the selection of College Football Hall of Fame inductees is one of the most valued benefits of NFF members,” said NFF President Archie Manning, inductee in the Mississippi Hall of Fame in 1989. “There is no group more knowledgeable or passionate about college football than our members, and the tradition of the ballot helps us engage them in the high responsibility of selecting those who have reached the pinnacle of success in our sport.”


The announcement of the Class of 2023 College Football Hall of Fame will be made in early 2023, with specific details to be announced later.


The College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2023 will be officially inducted at the 65th Annual NFF Awards Dinner on December 5, 2023 and permanently memorialized at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. They will also be honored at their respective schools with an on-campus salute from the NFF Hall of Fame, presented by Fidelity Investments, during the 2023 season.

Hall of Fame consideration criteria include:

  • First and foremost, a player must have received First Team All-America recognition by an NCAA-recognized selector used to compose its consensus All-America teams.
  • A player becomes eligible for consideration by the Courts of Honor of the Foundation 10 full seasons after his last year of intercollegiate football played.
  • While each college candidate’s football achievements are of paramount importance, their post-football record as a citizen is also weighed. He must have a proven track record as a citizen, carrying the ideals of football in his dealings with his community. Academic honors and whether the candidate has obtained a university degree may also be taken into account.
  • Players must have played their last year of intercollegiate football within the past 50 years.* For example, to be eligible for the 2023 ballot, the player must have played their last year in 1973 or later. Additionally, players who play professionally and coaches who coach at the professional level are only eligible after retirement.
  • A coach becomes eligible three full seasons after retirement or immediately after retirement provided they are at least 70 years old. Active coaches become eligible at age 75. He must have been a football head coach for at least 10 years and coached at least 100 games with a winning percentage of 0.600.
  • Nominations may only be submitted by the current Athletic Director, Head Coach, or Director of Sports Information (SID) at a prospective nominee’s college institution. Nominations may also be submitted by the President/Executive Director of a dues-paying chapter of the National Football Foundation.

* Players who do not meet the age 50 rule may still be eligible for consideration by the Football Bowl Subdivision and Division Veterans Committees. Candidates for the Veterans Committee must still meet the All-America First Team requirements.

Once nominated for consideration, all candidate FBS players are submitted to one of eight District Selection Committees, based on the geographic location of their school, which conducts a vote to determine who will appear on the ballot. and represent their respective districts. Each year, approximately 15 nominees, who are not selected for the Hall of Fame but who received significant votes in the final selection, will be nominated automatically and bypass the district selection process and automatically appear on the ballot. vote the following year. Additionally, the Veterans Committee may make recommendations to the Court of Honor for exceptions allowing the induction of players who played more than 50 years ago. The Court of Honors annually reviews the Hall of Fame criteria to ensure a fair and streamlined process.

Of the 5.54 million people who have played college football since Princeton first fought Rutgers on Nov. 6, 1869, only 1,056 players have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, less than two-hundredths of a per cent. hundred (0.02%) of those who have played the game in the past 152 years. Of the coaches, 226 people have achieved Hall of Fame recognition.

CAPSULE BIOS OF THE 12 CANDIDATES 2023



Aaron Beasley, West Virginia – Defensive back –1995 consensus, first-team All-American led the nation in INTs (10) in 1994…Two first-team All-Big East selections that led WVU to an undefeated regular season and a Big East title in 1993 … 19 career INTs and holds two of the top five PBU single-season performances in Mountaineer history.



Michael Bishop, Kansas State-Quarterback-1998 Consensus First Team All-American and Davey O’Brien Award winner… 1998 Heisman Trophy runner-up who led the Cats to the 1998 Big 12 North title and a conference championship berth… Two All-Inclusive selections Big 12, placing 14 conference and 34 late-career school records.



Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State wide receiver-Twice unanimous First Team All-American and one of only two players to win the Biletnikoff Award twice…2010 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year en route to finishing fifth in Heisman Trophy voting…2012 Fiesta Bowl Offensive MVP holds the NCAA record for consecutive 100-yard receiving games (14).

Rocky Calmus, Oklahoma — linebacker —Dual-consensus First Team All-American and 2001 Butkus Award winner…OU’s all-time leader in the TFL (59) helped the Sooners to the BCS National Championship in the 2001 Orange Bowl…2000 Big 12 Defensive Player of the year and four-time All-Big 12 entertainer has posted 431 career tackles.

Josh Heupel, Oklahoma-Quarterback-2000 consensus First Team All-American and Walter Camp Player of the Year… 2000 Heisman Trophy runner-up who led the Sooners to a national title at the 2001 Orange Bowl… 2000 Big 12 Player of the Year who left OU with virtually every schools passing record despite only playing two seasons.

Derrick Johnson, Texas-Linebacker-Two-time First Team All-American (consensus-2003, unanimous-2004) and recipient of the 2004 Butkus Award and Nagurski Trophy…2004 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and three-time First Team All-Big 12 performer…Led Horns at three 11-win seasons and ranks third all-time at UT with 458 career tackles.



Dan Neil, Texas offensive lineman-Two-time first-team All-American, earning consensus honors as a senior…Helped the Horns offense rank 11th nationally in total offense (451.8 ypg) and 12th in scoring offense (34, 4 ppg) in 1996… Twice selected all conferences that set UT record for consecutive starts.

Dewey Selmon, Oklahoma – Defensive Lineman –1975 Consensus First-Team All-American and member of consecutive National Championship teams (1974, 1975)…Two-time First-Team All-Big Eight selection that led OU to four league titles…Twice recorded over 100 tackles in a season and a defensive unit game that allowed just 11.1 ppg from 1973-75.



Jim Carlen-West Virginia (1966-69), Texas Tech (1970-74), South Carolina (1975-81)-Led teams to eight bowl games and 13 winning seasons in 16 years as head coach…National Coach of the Year 1973…Three-time Southwest Conference Coach of the Year…Coached George Heisman Trophy winner Rogers, South Carolina.

Pete Cawthon Sr.-Austin College [TX] (1923-27), Texas Tech (1930-40)-Led Tech to four Border Conference titles in 11 seasons at the helm… Led the 1938 team to 10-0 in the regular season and the school’s first-ever Cotton Bowl appearance… Owns the winning percentage highest (69.3) among Tech coaches with terms of three years or longer.


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