College Hall of Fame Eyes Former Cougar Running Backs

March 9, 2005

PULLMAN, Wash. - Former Washington State running backs Rueben Mayes and Clarence Williams, and former Cougar coach William 'Lone Star' Dietz, were among 75 players and 10 coaches announced as candidates for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame Wednesday.

The Hall of Fame class will be announced in late April and inducted at the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame's 48th Awards Dinner Dec. 6, 2005 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. They will be officially enshrined in South Bend, Ind., in 2006.

Mayes, a native of North Battlefield, Saskatchewan, donned the crimson and gray from 1982-85. Mayes twice earned All-Pacific-10 Conference honors and is the Cougars' single season and career leader in rushing yards with 1,637 in 1984 and 3,519 for his career. He may be known best for piling up a then-NCAA record 357 yards at Oregon in 1984.

Williams was an all-purpose dynamo for WSU from 1962-64. As a senior, the Renton, Wash., native racked up 1,442 all-purpose yards in 10 games, which is still the eighth-best all-purpose total in school history. He concluded his college career by playing in the Hula Bowl, East-West Shrine Game, and the All-West Coast All-Star Game.

Dietz won 87 percent of his games as Washington State College's head coach from 1915-17. Dietz, a product of the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania, compiled a 17-2-1 record in his three seasons in Pullman and guided the 1915 team to the program's only Rose Bowl victory, a 14-0 shutout over Brown.

To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named first team All-America by a national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for their consensus All-America teams. In addition, they must have played their last year of intercollegiate football at least 10 years prior, played within the last 50 years, and be retired from playing professional football. Coaches must be at least three years out of the profession, coached a minimum of 10 years, and won at least 60 percent of their games.

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