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Tommie Frazier’s snub headlines 2012 HOF class

Tommie Frazier AP

Monday BYU quarterback Ty Detmer was officially announced as a member of the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012, and was joined by 13 other players as well as three head coaches join him in this year’s class.

Unfortunately, it was a player not among the 14 that will likely overshadow those who were (rightly) inducted.

At a ceremony in New York City, the National Football Foundation announced the 17-person class, which had been whittled down from a pool of 76 finalists earlier this year.  The complete list is as follows:

Charles Alexander – TB, LSU (1975-78)
Otis Armstrong – HB, Purdue (1970-72)
Steve Bartkowski – QB, California (1972-74)
Hal Bedsole – SE, Southern California (1961-63)
Dave Casper – TE, Notre Dame (1971-73)
Ty Detmer – QB, BYU (1988-91)
Tommy Kramer – QB, Rice (1973-76)
Art Monk – WR, Syracuse (1976-79)
Greg Myers – DB, Colorado State (1992-95)
Jonathan Ogden – OT, UCLA (1992-95)
Gabe Rivera – DT, Texas Tech (1979-82)
Mark Simoneau – LB, Kansas State (1996-99)
Scott Thomas – S, Air Force (1982-85)
John Wooten* – OG, Colorado (1956-58)

(* Selection from the FBS Veterans Committee)

Phillip Fulmer – 152-52-0 (74.5%); Tennessee (1992-08)
Jimmy Johnson – 81-34-3 (70.0%); Oklahoma State (1979-83) and Miami (Fla.) (1984-88)
R.C. Slocum – 123-47-2 (72.1%); Texas A&M (1989-02)

“We are extremely proud to announce the 2012 College Football Hall of Fame Class,” said NFF chairman Archie Manning, a 1989 College Football Hall of Famer from Ole Miss, in a statement. “Each year the selection process becomes increasingly more difficult, but Gene Corrigan and the Honors Court do an amazing job of selecting a diverse group of the most amazing players and coaches in our sport’s rich history. This class is certainly no exception, and we look forward to honoring them and celebrating their achievements throughout the year ahead.”

Not to slight any of those members of this year’s class, but Tommie Frazier being excluded for a second straight year is, to quote many a response on Twitter, a travesty.

All the Nebraska quarterback did from 1992-95 was lead the Cornhuskers to two national championships, four Big Eight titles, a 33-3 record as a starter and account for 82 touchdowns rushing/passing.  He was a two-time Orange Bowl MVP (1994 & 1995), Fiesta Bowl MVP in 1996, consensus All-American and Johnny Unitas winner in 1995.

If that is not a first-ballot Hall of Famer, then they may as well shutter the doors on the Hall as it’s a pointless endeavor.  And this rule that prevents players from the same school being elected in back-to-back seasons (former Nebraska guard Will Shields was elected in 2011)?  That makes Frazier’s exclusion for two years running even more asinine and ridiculous.

If they are preventing players from the same school in consecutive years from being inducted, then why even have their names on the ballot?  Yes, Frazier will eventually take his rightful spot alongside the sport’s other greats, but a process that, one, doesn’t make Frazier a first-ballot HOFer in the first place and, two, prevents the first snub from being rectified the next year is flawed and, by extension, makes a mockery of the Hall and what it hopes to accomplish: honoring the greatest players in the history of college football.

(Writer’s note: yes, I’m very much aware that players such as Derrick Thomas, Brian Bosworth — don’t laugh — Danny Wuerffel, Lorenzo White and many, many others belong in the Hall.  Frazier just happens to be the most glaring and egregious example.)

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11 Responses to “Tommie Frazier’s snub headlines 2012 HOF class”
  1. bozosforall says: May 15, 2012 1:33 PM

    JT, the more you whine, the longer they will take to put him in.

  2. mogogo1 says: May 15, 2012 1:47 PM

    Glancing over the list, the thing I don’t understand is why over half the players in the class of 2012 played in the 60s and 70s. The College Hall of Fame’s first class was in 1954. How’d they get so far behind with these inductions?

  3. jh4prez says: May 15, 2012 3:10 PM

    How is the boz not in yet?

  4. dryzzt23 says: May 15, 2012 3:16 PM

    It’s very simple:

    Frazier is from a “Red aka Republican” state, and since the NFF is comprised of bleeding heart liberals, they will do whatever it takes to keep conservatives from getting the awards that they have earned.

  5. cubano76 says: May 15, 2012 3:38 PM


    Here we go……………………………….

  6. vonsieg says: May 15, 2012 4:06 PM

    Travesty to say the least. Tommie Frazier’s performances made Nebraska the best on the NCAA football landscape for a long time.

  7. skinsfaninnebraska says: May 15, 2012 6:44 PM

    I agree that there are serious problems with the rules and/or the voting process. Touchdown Tommie was as slamdunk as it gets for first ballot HOF induction. What a joke that he didn’t get in!

  8. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: May 15, 2012 8:26 PM

    JT I absolutely agreed with you, in fact just yesterday about how I missed the the great players of the 80s and 90s and called out Tommie Frazier’s name name because he was definitely dominate player in college. It was crazy watch him run Tom Osborne’s offense! Anyway it is shameful for election committee members to miss it twice. If he doesn’t make it next year then the College Hall of Fame is a JOKE!
    Danny Wueffle was great, but he looked ordinary in the first meeting between FSU in 1996, and if not for the shotgun and a two back protection, He would probably looked like another QB.. He was more of a product of Spurrier’s great coaching and ability to adjust, whereas Frazier made it happened.

  9. chumthumper says: May 16, 2012 9:27 AM

    An indefensible travesty. One thing probably keeping him out is the lack of a Heisman. But that’s not his fault. It was handed out before the bowl game and generally conceded that the wrong guy won it; it should have been Frazier’s.

  10. beanocook says: May 16, 2012 12:42 PM

    Winning the Heisman can’t be a requirement. If that were the case the list of Heisman winners and HOF inductees would be identical. Makes no sense.

    The dominant 90s Nebraska teams still only have 1 player inducted. Grant Wistrom. There are at least 3 more that deserve HOF status.

    Will Shields finished in 1992, just before Nebraska took off in 1993.

    Frazier and many others need to get in now.

  11. 98volunteer says: May 17, 2012 12:52 PM

    Have we now sunk so low that politic’s is the reason for every bad thing? Get real and stop whining

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