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Howard highlights Hall class

Desmond Howard waves to the crowd after receiving his blazer for the College Football Hall of Fame.

Associated Press

Desmond Howard waves to the crowd after receiving his blazer for the College Football Hall of Fame.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Desmond Howard shook his head and smiled. It has been 20 years since he won the Heisman Trophy at Michigan as a receiver and kick returner.

To him, it just doesn't seem possible it happened so long ago.

"Time just flies. Doesn't it?" Howard said Saturday, when he and 15 other players and four coaches were enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.

Asked what has changed most since his days at Ann Arbor, Howard cited the spread offense.

"If I did that, can you imagine the numbers?" he said with a laugh. "I won the Heisman within the rhythm of our offense. We had guys who could tote the pill, and we toted it. We just didn't throw the ball to (me)."

Another prominent inductee was Charles Haley, a defensive end for James Madison who went on to win five Super Bowls.

"I was fortunate enough to have coaches to be visionaries and build a foundation and give me a skill set," he said.

In addition, there was Pat Tillman, a linebacker at Arizona State from 1994-97. He played three seasons as a safety for the NFL's Cardinals then enlisted in the Army after the Sept. 11 attacks. He was killed in Afghanistan in April 2004.

Also inducted were:

• Barry Alvarez, coach at Wisconsin from 1990-2005

• Dennis Byrd, N.C. State defensive tackle from 1965-67

• Ronnie Caveness, Arkansas linebacker from 1962-64

• Ray Childress, Texas A&M defensive lineman from 1981-84

• Dexter Coakley, Appalachian State linebacker from 1993-96

• Randy Cross, UCLA guard from 1973-75

• Sam Cunningham, Southern Cal running back from 1970-72

• Michael Favor, North Dakota State center from 1985-88

• Mark Herrmann, Purdue quarterback from 1977-80

• Clarkston Hines, Duke receiver from 1986-89

• Mike Kelly, coach at Dayton from 1981-2007

• Mickey Kobrosky, Trinity running back from 1933-36

• Bill Manlove, coach at Widener from 1969-91, Delaware Valley from 1992-95 and La Salle from 1997-2001

• Chet Moeller, Navy defensive back from 1973-75

• Gene Stallings, coach at Texas A&M from 1965-71 and Alabama from 1990-96.

• Jerry Stovall, LSU halfback from 1960-62

• Alfred Williams, Colorado linebacker from 1987-90

Former Georgia coach tied to Ponzi scheme

Former Georgia coach Jim Donnan, 66, reportedly made $14.5 million from a Ponzi scheme. Documents filed last week in a bankruptcy court in Ohio contend Donnan, who went 40-19 from 1996-2000, and his wife made money attracting investors in GLC Ltd., which filed for bankruptcy in February. His lawyer has denied allegations of wrongdoing.

Men's basketball: North Carolina junior Leslie McDonald has a torn right ACL and might miss the season. The guard, second on the team with 51 3-pointers last season, was hurt during a summer league game.

Howard highlights Hall class 07/16/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 16, 2011 10:09pm]
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