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- The National Football Foundation (NFF) has announced the members of the College Football Hall of Fame 2012 Divisional Class. The Divisional College Football Hall of Fame considers players and coaches from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) for induction. This year's class will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame during the Enshrinement Festival, July 20-21, in South Bend, Ind. The class includes:
2012 DIVISIONAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS
CHRIS BISAILLON - Illinois Wesleyan, WR (1989-92)
JIM HOLDER* - Oklahoma Panhandle State, RB (1961-63)
RICHARD McGEORGE - Elon, TE (1966-69)
REX MIRICH - Northern Arizona, OT/DG (1960-63)
GENE CARPENTER* - Adams State [Colo.] (1968), Millersville [Pa.] (1970-2000); 220-96-6 (69.3%)
WILLIAM "LONE STAR" DIETZ* - Washington State (1915-17), Purdue (1921), Louisiana Tech (1922-23), Wyoming (1924-26), Haskell Indian Institute [Kan.] (1929-32), Albright [Pa.] (1937-42); 96-62-7 (60.3%)
RON HARMS - Concordia [Neb.] (1962-69), Adams State [Colo.] (1970-73), Texas A&M - Kingsville (1979-99); 218-117-4 (64.9%)
"This year's class of Divisional College Football Hall of Fame inductees represents a wide range of competitors across our great sport," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, a 1989 Hall of Fame inductee from Ole Miss. "They have all achieved a great deal of success, and they should be applauded for their induction into college football's ultimate shrine. We look forward to celebrating with them and their families this summer."
The NFF launched its Divisional Hall of Fame program in 1996 during its annual enshrinement festival. A total of 137 players and coaches, counting this year's class, have been inducted from the divisional ranks, including Terry Bradshaw (Louisiana Tech), Walter Payton (Jackson State), John Randle (Texas A&M-Kingsville), Jerry Rice (Mississippi Valley State), and coach Eddie Robinson (Grambling State). Of the 4.79 million who have played college football since 1869, the newest class of inductees joins only 914 players and 197 coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Illinois Wesleyan University
Wide Receiver, 1989-92
An All-American on the field and in the classroom, Chris Bisaillon left school as the most accomplished wide receiver in NCAA Division III history. He becomes the second Illinois Wesleyan player to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.
The two-time All-America honoree set the all-time NCAA record with 55 touchdown catches, and tied the Division III record by recording 36 consecutive games with a reception. Bisaillon's 55 scoring grabs bested the record set by College Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice of Mississippi Valley State. Bisaillon set 11 school records and three conference records while earning College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Offensive Player of the Year honors in 1991. Bisaillon's best game came against Carroll (Wisc.) in 1989 in which he set school records with 15 catches for 287 yards and five touchdowns.
For his career, the two-time First Team All-CCIW honoree posted 230 grabs, 3,125 receiving yards, 324 points scored, 1,067 kick return yards and 981 punt return yards. He helped the Titans to a 29-8-1 overall record while on the roster, including a 10-1 campaign in 1992 in which Bisaillon helped the Titans achieve the first playoff win in school history.
A GTE First Team Academic All-America in 1991 and a GTE Second Team Academic All-America a year later, Bisaillon was named the Champion USA Division III Football Senior Student-Athlete of the Year in 1992.
A Chicago resident, Bisaillon currently serves as the vice president for an investment firm.
Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Running Back, 1961-63
A gifted, versatile athlete, Jim Holder left his mark on NAIA history before giving the ultimate sacrifice in the Vietnam War. He becomes Oklahoma Panhandle State's first College Football Hall of Fame inductee.
Holder set NAIA single-season records as a senior in 1963 by rushing 275 times for 1,775 yards while earning All-America accolades. He was named an All-Frontier Conference performer while playing for the freshman team, and earned All-Oklahoma Collegiate Conference all three years on varsity.
A member of the NAIA Hall of Fame and the Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame, Holder's jersey was the first to ever be retired by Oklahoma Panhandle State. He was a three sport letterman, setting school records in the 100-yard dash and broad jump while also playing on the golf team. Holder was also a commissioned officer in the school's ROTC program.
A native of Wichita Fallas, Texas, Holder joined the Army after graduation and played semi-professional football for the Georgia Mustangs of the Southern Football League while stationed in Fort Benning, Ga. Holder was killed in non-hostile action in Vietnam in 1966. His name is immortalized on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Tight End, 1966-69
The personification of the term "student-athlete", Richard McGeorge was named a two-time First Team All-American and an Academic All-American during his collegiate career. He is Elon's first player to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.
McGeorge rewrote Elon's receiving records book, setting school career records by accumulating 224 receptions for 3,486 yards and 31 touchdowns. The conference MVP also set single-season marks with 65 grabs for 1,061 yards, and single-game records with 15 catches, 285 receiving yards and four touchdowns. He helped Elon earn a 24-8-1 overall record while on campus.
Chosen with the 16th overall pick of the 1970 NFL Draft, McGeorge enjoyed a nine-year career with the Green Bay Packers, earning the team's Offensive Player of the Year honors in 1973. He also served as the state chairperson for the muscular dystrophy society of Wisconsin from 1975-78. McGeorge is also a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard.
McGeorge was inducted into the Elon University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1979 and the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1980.
Northern Arizona University
Offensive Tackle/Defensive Guard, 1960-63
One of the rarest two-time First Team All-Americans, Rex Mirich was honored as a defensive guard in 1962 and repeated the honor as an offensive tackle the following season. Mirich is the first Northern Arizona player to be chosen to the College Football Hall of Fame.
A four-year letterman for the Lumberjacks, Mirich was voted a team captain by his teammates for his senior season. Mirich aided the squad to a 20-15-4 overall mark while in Flagstaff, and was a key cog in a Northern Arizona defense that limited opponents to 109.1 yards per game over a six-game span.
Mirich was chosen by the Minnesota Vikings in the 16th round of the 1963 NFL Draft and the Oakland Raiders in the 20th round of the 1963 AFL Draft. He played on the defensive line for the Raiders, the Denver Broncos and the Boston Patriots for a total of seven seasons.
Mirich earned a bachelor's degree from Northern Arizona in 1966. He was inducted into the NAU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.
Adams State College (Colo.), Millersville University (Pa.)
Head Coach, 220-90-6 (69.3%)
The winningest head coach in Millersville history, Gene Carpenter led the Marauders to 10 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division championships. He enjoyed 29 winning seasons in his 32-year coaching career.
Under Carpenter's guidance, Millersville posted 12 seasons with eight victories or more, including a high-water mark in 1988 in which the Marauders finished 10-2 and won the PSAC Eastern Division, the ECAC Division II Team of the Year award and the Lambert-Meadowlands Cup as the top Division II team in the Northeast.
Carpenter was named the PSAC Coach of the Year two times, and 49 players reached All-America status under his watch. Carpenter began his head coaching career at Adams State, leading the Grizzlies for one season with an 8-1 record while claiming the 1968 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship.
In addition to his coaching exploits, Carpenter also served three tours of duty as a U.S. Marine Corps Corporal. He was active in many organizations, serving on several committees with the NCAA, and working with Maxwell's Football Club Association and the American Football Coaches Council. A Millersville University Athletic Hall of Fame and Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame member, Carpenter received the George W. Kirchner Award for outstanding contributions to Lancaster County (Pa.) sports. He was also honored as an Honorary Alumnus of Millersville University and by the Philadelphia City All-Star Football Association as an outstanding role model.
WILLIAM "LONE STAR" DIETZ
Washington State University, Purdue University, Louisiana Tech University, University of Wyoming, Haskell Indian Institue (Kan.), Albright College (Pa.)
Head Coach, 96-62-7 (60.3%)
With a lengthy career spanning many schools and decades, William "Lone Star" Dietz provided a foundation for football success at many universities across the nation. He served as the head coach for 19 seasons at seven institutions and enjoyed a distinguished career as an assistant coach, helping College Football Hall of Fame coach Pop Warner prepare Stanford for two Rose Bowl appearances.
Dietz launched his head coaching résumé in 1915 by leading Washington State to a 7-0 mark and a Rose Bowl victory over Brown. He led the Cougars to a 17-2-1 record for three seasons until the school discontinued football for World War I. After a one-year stay at Purdue in 1921, Dietz pushed Louisiana Tech to an 11-3 record from 1922-23. Dietz then coached three seasons at Wyoming from 1924-26, where he also spent time leading the baseball team, and coached Haskell Indian Institute for four seasons, enjoying a 26-15-2 record, until the school de-emphasized sports following the 1932 season. Dietz landed at his final stop at Albright College in 1937, earning a 31-23-2 record over six campaigns before the school discontinued football for World War II.
Dietz played tackle at Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, Pa., before graduating after the 1914 season. He contributed to the World War I effort by coaching the Mare Island Marines from 1918-19, claiming a 20-3 mark as the head coach of the Marines and guiding the squad to an appearance in the 1919 Rose Bowl.
Dietz was also an accomplished artist, contributing sketches for the Walt Disney picture Bambi. A Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame member, Dietz's Native American garb inspired Boston Braves owner George Preston Marshall, whom Dietz was serving as head coach, to rename the club the Redskins.
Concordia College (Neb.), Adams State College (Colo.),
Texas A&M University - Kingsville
Head Coach, 218-117-4 (64.9%)
A highly decorated winner, Ron Harms was named the NAIA Coach of the Year, the AFCA Regional Coach of the Year, the NAIA District Coach of the Year, the CNN NCAA Division II Coach of the Year and the Lone Star Conference Coach of the Year. Harms enjoyed a 33-year career in which he won 14 conference championships and one NAIA national title.
Harms' head coaching career began at Concordia College in 1962, leading the Bulldogs to a 7-0 record and the Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in his third year. Harms repeated that feat in 1969, when Concordia again went 7-0 and won the NIAC title. He migrated to Adams State College in 1970 and again won a conference title in his third year on campus. Harms earned a 21-14-2 record in four seasons as the Grizzlies' head coach.
In 1979, Harms experienced ultimate success in his first year at Texas A&M - Kingsville, posting a 12-1 record while winning the NAIA national championship and the Lone Star Conference title. Over the following 20 seasons, Harms guided the Javelinas to 10 Lone Star Conference crowns, including six consecutive from 1992-97, and 12 seasons of eight or more wins. In all, he pushed Texas A&M - Kingsville to a 172-72 record before his retirement following the 1999 season.
Harms was a member of the American Football Coaches Association and served on many NCAA committees. He was a board member of Crime Stoppers and served as the president of the congregations of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Kingsville, Texas, and Faith Church of Aransas Pass, Texas. He is a member of the Lone Star Hall of Honor and the Texas A&M - Kingsville Javelina Hall of Fame.