Three Pac-10 Greats to be Recognized by College Football Hall of Fame
April 30, 2009
NEW YORK -- Highlighted by three Pac-10 alumni, the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame announced the 2009 College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision Class.
Former USC head coach John Robinson and past players Chuck Cecil of Arizona, and Ken Margerum of Stanford are among 18 college football greats to be inducted into the Hall of Fame on December 8, 2009 in New York City.
After becoming the Trojan head coach in 1976, Robinson led Southern California to the 1978 National Championship and five Pac-10 titles during two separate coaching stints (1976-82; 1993- 97). His Trojans made eight bowl appearances, posting a 7-1 record with three Rose Bowl victories. His overall bowl record of 8-1 ranks first nationally in all-time in bowl winning percentage (.888). He received National Coach of the Year honors in 1979 and was twice named Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1976, 1978). During his time at Southern California, he coached two Heisman Trophy winners (Charles White and Marcus Allen), a Lombardi Award winner Brad Budde and 18 First Team All-Americans.
A consensus All-American in 1987, Cecil was the Aloha Bowl MVP and a two-time All-Conference selection. He was named Pac-10 Defensive Back of the Year in 1987 and Pac-10 Player of the Week on three occasions. He is a recipient of the NCAA Top Six Award, the Pac-10 Conference Medal and a three-time Golden Eagle Award (3.0 GPA or better) honoree. The defensive back set school records for career passes defended (38), interceptions in a single game (four) and career interceptions (21).
A two-time consensus All-American (1979-80), Margerum graduated Stanford, after a stellar career that established him as the Cardinal all-time leading receiver with 141 receptions for 2,430 yards and 30 touchdowns.
A three-time First-Team All-Pac-10 selection, Margerum led Stanford to back-to-back postseason berths in the 1977 Sun and 1978 Bluebonnet bowls as well as top 20 national rankings in 1977 and '78. The 1980 Second Team Academic All-American shares the Pac-10 record for most touchdown receptions in a game (four) and holds three of the top five spots on the school's all-time single-season list for touchdown receptions. He also ranks fifth in receiving yards at Stanford (2,430) and sixth in yards per catch (17.2).
To be eligible for consideration, a player must have received first-team All-America recognition by an organization recognized by the NCAA, must be 10 years removed from intercollegiate football and must display exemplary citizenship, carrying the ideals of football forward into his relations with his community.