Class of Six Chosen For MU Athletics Hall of Fame

MUTIGERS.COM The 19th class of the Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame will be inducted Jan. 30, 2009.
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The 19th class of the Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame will be inducted Jan. 30, 2009.
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Dec. 18, 2008

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Four outstanding former student-athletes, one pioneering administrator, and a championship football team have been selected for induction into the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame.  They will represent the 19th induction class since the inception of the Hall in 1990.

Here is a look at this year's inductees:

INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2008

Ann Marie Brooks - Women's Track/Cross Country (2000-03) [Native of St. Joseph, Mo.]
One of MU's highest-achieving student-athletes both on the track and in the classroom.  Was an NCAA champ, five-time All-American and also a five-time academic All-American;
Jean Cerra - Administration (1976-85) [Native of Tampa, Fla.]
One of the more central founding figures in Mizzou history, as she helped pave the way for women's athletics to gain a foothold in the 1970s when it was fighting for legitimacy;
Dave Harvey - Baseball (1962-64) [Native of Quincy, Ill.]
A first-team All-American third baseman in 1964 who helped lead Mizzou to three straight Big Eight titles and three consecutive College World Series appearances, capped by a national runner-up showing in 1964;
Rick Lyle - Football/Men's Track & Field (1990-93) [Native of Kansas City, Mo.]
An outstanding two-sport standout who was MU's career QB sacks leader and was an All-American shot putter, before going on to an accomplished nine-year NFL career;
Vince Tobin - Football/Football Coach (1962-76) [Native of Burlington Junction, Mo.]
A longtime fixture in the Mizzou football program as both a standout player and successful coach who would go on to become a head coach in the National Football League;
1941 Football Team
Arguably one of MU's most dominant teams ever, outscoring foes by a 226-to-39 margin, shutting out six opponents on the way to a #7 final ranking.  This was the team that debuted Don Faurot's famous Split-T offensive attack, which revolutionized the game.

The induction dinner will be held Fri., Jan. 30th, 2009, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia.  A reception will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets may be purchased by contacting Carly Northup in the Tiger Development Office, at (573) 884-6475.  The class will be further honored during halftime ceremonies at the next day's men's basketball game, Jan. 31st against Baylor.

The Hall's constitution and bylaws express its purpose - "...to recognize and honor those individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of the University of Missouri in the field of athletics, and who have continued to demonstrate in their lives, the values imparted by intercollegiate athletics."

As called for in the Hall of Fame bylaws, former student-athletes are not eligible for consideration until five years after they complete their competitive career at Missouri.  Coaches and staff members must have spent at least five years working at Mizzou, and also have a five-year waiting period.

The current class will up the membership to 165 individuals and three teams in the Hall of Fame.  Inductees are honored in a display located in the main entrance at Mizzou Arena.

Nominations are accepted year-round by sending support material to: Chad Moller, Director of Athletic Media Relations, Mizzou Athletics, P.O. Box 677, Hearnes Center, Columbia, Mo. 65205.

Following are biographical sketches of each inductee:

Ann Marie Brooks
Women's Track/Cross Country, 2000-03
One of the most decorated student-athletes in school history, who was a one-time NCAA national champion and five-time All-American performer on the track, while being the recipient of numerous prestigious academic honors ... Was part of the MU women's distance medley relay team which won the NCAA Indoor championship in 2001, while setting the indoor record at the time ... That is one of only three times a Tiger woman individual or relay team has won an NCAA title ... Won individual All-American honors four times, including a 2nd-place finish in the indoor 3,000-meter run (2001), a 5th-place finish in the outdoor 1,500-meter run (2001) a 6th-place finish in the outdoor 5,000-meter run (2002) and also in cross country, where she placed 29th overall in 2001 ... Is still MU's outdoor record holder in the 1,500-meter run (4:18.66) ... Was a four-time Big 12 champion, and left as the Big 12 record-holder in both the 3,000-meter run as well as the distance medley relay ... Was also a five-time academic All-American, and was honored in 2002 as a recipient of the very prestigious NCAA Top VIII Award, and was one of just eight athletes nationally to earn that distinction, which honors a combination of athletic and academic achievement that year ... Was also a finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year award in 2002, and was awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, while graduating from MU with a 4.01 grade point average in plant science.

JEAN CERRA
Administration, 1976-85
A true pioneer and trailblazer among collegiate women's athletics, who is one of the more important founding figures in Mizzou history, as she helped pave the way for women's athletics to gain a foothold in the 1970s when it was fighting for legitimacy ... Joined Mizzou's athletic department in 1976 when its women's and men's programs hadn't fully joined, and she was the driving force behind getting the two to merge ... It was her suggestion in 1979 to Athletic Director Dave Hart that was the impetus for the change to take place ... At the time, Mizzou was one of the country's first large Division I schools to make that kind of change ... Also in that period, Cerra joined 10 other women to help form the Council of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators, which is now known as the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators ... Today, NACWAA has more than 1,000 members ... Spent 17 years in athletic administration at Barry University in Florida, including nearly seven years as Athletics Director ... Barry would win five national titles under her direction, with two in women's soccer and three in women's volleyball ... Retired from athletics administration in 2008.

DAVE HARVEY
Baseball, 1962-64
A highly-decorated and accomplished third basemen during one of the most successful stretches ever put together by Mizzou baseball ... Was a first-team All-American as a third baseman in 1964, after being named a second-team All-American at third in 1963 and before that, at shortstop in 1962 ... Was a driving force behind Tiger teams which advanced to three consecutive College World Series and won three straight Big Eight Conference championships in 1962, 1963 and 1964 ... Hit .312 as a senior in 1964 and tied for the team lead in home runs (3), while he led the team in hitting in 1963, at a .359 clip ... Mizzou went 26-5-1 in 1964, winning the Big Eight and finishing as national runners-up at the College World Series, a year after going 25-8 in 1963 when they finished fourth at the CWS ... The Tigers had a 22-7 record in 1962 and advanced to the CWS ... Was an All-Big Eight performer in both 1963 and 1964 while earning All-District honors in both 1962 and 1964.

RICK LYLE
Football/Men's Track & Field, 1990-93
One of the best modern-day dual athletes for Mizzou, who was a top-level performer in both football and track for his home-state school ... The Kansas City, Mo. native starred on the gridiron as a defensive end from 1990-93 ... Left MU as the school's career leader in quarterback sacks, with 18, a record that has since been eclipsed but that still ranks in the top-10 ... Was also an outstanding student who was a two-time first-team Academic All-Big Eight selection ... Went on to a solid professional career in the National Football League, as he played for nine years (113 career games), with the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets and winning a Super Bowl title in 2002 with the New England Patriots ... Was also an outstanding national performer in the shot put for the men's track team ... Earned NCAA All-American honors by placing 8th in the shot at the 1993 NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Won the Big Eight shot put indoor title in 1991, and set the MU outdoor shot record of 61' 6 ¼" in 1993, a record that stood for eight years ... Was named MU's most outstanding performer in track in both 1991 and 1993.

VINCE TOBIN
Football/Football Coach, 1962-76
A longtime fixture in the Mizzou football program as both a standout player and successful coach who would go on to become a head coach in the National Football League ... Was a two-year starter in the defensive backfield for Dan Devine, and ball-hawked his way to six career interceptions while playing on some of MU's best teams under Devine ... In his three years on varsity (1962-64) Mizzou went 8-1-2 in 1962, 7-3 in 1963 and 6-3-1 in 1964, and finished each season ranked 12th, 16th and 18th, respectively ... Returned punts during his career, and also played some halfback on offense, and actually threw a touchdown pass to Johnny Roland on his first varsity play from scrimmage, at California, in 1962 ... Later served as an assistant coach at MU from 1965 through 1976 ... Coached defensive ends at MU from 1967-70 under Devine and helped guide the Tigers to huge seasons in 1968 and 1969, when the Tigers finished ranked 9th and 6th, respectively ... Stayed on as an assistant for Al Onofrio when Devine left for the NFL, and coached the linebackers and also called plays for the defense ... Stayed with Onofrio through 1976 and helped MU gain some of the biggest wins in school history, including road wins at Notre Dame, USC, Ohio State, Alabama, Nebraska and Auburn ... Left for professional football prior to the 1977 season, and after spending six years as the defensive coordinator for the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League, embarked on a stellar NFL coaching career, where he spent 15 years, including five years as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals ... Led Arizona to the 1998 NFC Playoffs, ending the league's longest playoff drought, and recorded the franchise's first playoff win since 1947 - a 20-7 victory at Dallas.

1941 FOOTBALL TEAM
Arguably one of the most dominant gridiron squads ever for Mizzou, as it went 8-2 overall, won a Missouri Valley Conference championship and finished the season ranked 7th in the national polls ... The team, led by Coach Don Faurot and stars Bob Steuber and Darold Jenkins (all of whom would later be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame), won six-of-nine games on the year by shutout, blanking the likes of Oklahoma (28-0), Michigan State (19-0), Nebraska (6-0), New York University (26-0) and Kansas State (35-0) ... Its only regular-season loss was a 12-7 setback at powerful Ohio State, and had the Tigers been able to win that game, they likely would have likely won at least a share of the mythical national championship, as the title in that day was awarded at the conclusion of the regular season ... Perhaps most importantly, this is the team that saw Faurot roll out his invention of the Split-T offense that revolutionized the game of football ... Because of its innovations and exciting new play, the team was so highly coveted that it was actually invited to both the Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl, choosing the former, where it lost a heartbreaking 2-0 game to 6th-ranked Fordham ... Overall, the team outscored opponents by a whopping 226-to-39 margin, allowing a meager 3.9 points per game ... Additionally, Faurot's new offensive attack baffled opposing defenses to the tune of 309 rushing yards per game, which gave the Tigers the NCAA rushing title for the season ... Vernon Lightfoot, one of the few remaining living members of that team, will accept the award on behalf of his team.

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