SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Tim Brown struck the Heisman Trophy pose on stage at the urging of a fan after putting on his new College Football Hall of Fame blazer, then moments later, Steve McMichael playfully rushed past emcee Mark May like he was about to chase down a quarterback.
Both drew appreciative cheers from the crowd gathered for a rally to see the 24 former players and coaches who were being enshrined Saturday. The biggest cheer, though, was for Chris Spielman, with nearly 100 people in the crowd wearing his No. 36 Ohio State shirt.
"This is how we do it at Ohio State," Spielman said.
Even former Southern Cal coach John Robinson drew applause despite being in the back yard of rival Notre Dame. "It's nice to be in South Bend and not get booed," he said.
Among the others being honored were former Miami quarterback Gino Torretta, who won the Heisman in 1992; Penn State running back Curt Warner; and West Virginia quarterback Major Harris.
Those being honored found out in April 2009 they were going in and were inducted during a ceremony in New York in December. The South Bend event was the final step.
"To be part of the fabric of college football forever is just awesome," Torretta said.
"One of the things I miss most about being in the game is being in the locker room. When you come to things like this you get it back," said McMichael, a Longhorn from 1976 to 1979.
Dean Smith's memory slipping, family says
RALEIGH, N.C. — The family of former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith wrote in a letter to former players and friends that Smith, 79, is losing some of the remarkable memory that used to recall even the smallest details of the past.
Smith's condition was described as a "progressive neurocognitive disorder that affects his memory."
"He may not immediately recall the name of every former player from his many years of coaching, but that does not diminish what those players meant to him or how much he cares about them," the letter said. "He still remembers the words of a hymn or a jazz standard, but may not feel up to going to a concert. He still plays golf, though usually only for nine holes instead of 18."
Notre Dame: The son of former Irish football standout Joe Montana was among 11 athletes arrested on misdemeanor charges of underage drinking at a party Friday. A total of 44 people were arrested after South Bend police responded to a call about a fight and discovered the party. The most recognizable athletes arrested were Nate Montana, a football walk-on, and Tim Abromaitis, the second-leading scorer on the basketball team.