College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2009 includes former Miami quarterback Gino Torretta but not former Florida State cornerback Deion Sanders

Former Florida State star cornerback Deion Sanders will have to wait for at least another year for entry into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Sanders, a two-time unanimous first-team All-American (1987-88), was on the ballot again but not among 16 players and two coaches announced Thursday as members of the 2009 Division I-A class.

Heisman winners Gino Torretta (1992, Miami quarterback) and Tim Brown (1987, Notre Dame receiver) are among the inductees.

"It's awful hard to turn down, when you go into their offices and the last five (starting quarterbacks) are on the cover of Sports Illustrated," Torretta said of attending UM after his first choice, Stanford, wasn't interested in him.

Torretta was 26-2.

"Everything worked out," he said. "You do good things and you're a good person, you end up in good places."

Brown said he had only a good education in mind when he started at Notre Dame, but coach Lou Holtz pushed him to aspire for greatness as a player.

"When you picked up a helmet and a football when you were 8, 9 years old, the last thing you thought about was ending up in the college football Hall of Fame," Brown said.

The veterans committee selected Williams Lewis, who played center for Harvard from 1892-93 and was the first black player to be picked as an All-American by Walter Camp.

Sanders redefined his position with speed, savvy and style. He returned four interceptions for touchdowns and returned three punts for scores (both tied for the most in school history), often high stepping toward the end zone and holding a hand to his ear.

But Sanders created a controversy by his reported infrequent class attendance in the fall semester of his final season that led the Board of Regents to pass an attendance rule known as the "Deion Rule.''

FSU: Receiver Cameron Wade didn't make it to court Wednesday in Tallahassee for a pretrial hearing on a misdemeanor battery charge and has a warrant out for his arrest for failing to appear. The redshirt sophomore was arrested in November for his part in a brawl on campus with members of a fraternity. Wade and four other receivers were suspended for one game last season for their part in the brawl.

draft change: College basketball players will have to decide more quickly whether they plan to stay in the NBA draft. A new rule approved by the NCAA's Board of Directors requires early entrants to withdraw from the draft by May 8 instead of the current June 15.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

class of 2009

College Football Hall of Fame

Pervis Atkins, New Mexico State, HB

Tim Brown, Notre Dame, WR

Chuck Cecil, Arizona, DB

Ed Dyas, Auburn, FB

Major Harris, W. Va. QB

Gordon Hudson, BYU, TE

Williams Lewis, Harvard, center

Woodrow Lowe, Alabama, LB

Ken Margerum, Stanford, WR

Dick McPherson, Syracuse, coach

Steve McMichael, Texas, DL

John Robinson, UCLA/UNLV, coach

Chris Spielman, Ohio State, LB

Larry Station, Iowa, LB

Pat Swilling, Georgia, Tech, DE

Gino Torretta, Miami, QB

Curt Warner, Penn St., RB

Grant Wistrom, Nebraska, DE

College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2009 includes former Miami quarterback Gino Torretta but not former Florida State cornerback Deion Sanders 04/30/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 30, 2009 8:55pm]

    

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