USF Hall of Fame inductions on hold
Nearly every annual bell and whistle of Bullsfest, USF's yearly student-athlete fundraiser, manifested itself May 30 at A La Carte Event Pavilion.
From the dinner to the dignitaries to the dollars raised (nearly $200,000), the gala provided what Bulls alumni have come to expect from it, with one exception: no announcement of the year's Hall of Fame class.
Don't expect one in the near future.
USF athletic department spokesman Brian Siegrist said Monday any further Hall of Fame inductions have been delayed "indefinitely" while administrators -- many of them newcomers -- reassess the entire process.
"They just kind of wanted to step back and review who's on the (selection) committee and how people are nominated, re-evaluate how the Hall of Fame was going," Siegrist said. "We're still kind of a young department...I think they decided it was a good time to pause."
Under the current format, USF student-athletes may be considered for hall enshrinement five years after completion of their eligibility. Candidates must have completed their eligibility at USF and must not have been dismissed from their team.
Former coaches and administrators also are eligible. A committee appointed by the athletic director solicits nominations and presents "qualified candidates" to the Hall of Fame Executive Committee for consideration. The executive committee typically convenes in the spring, with the induction ceremony held in the fall.
Siegrist said the decision to re-analyze the process was made "a while back."