UNT announced its 2013 Hall of Fame class on Friday that includes two of the greats from the 2001-04 Sun Belt championship teams in Scott Hall and Cody Spencer.
The class also includes Jim Cooper, one of UNT’s earliest football standouts who played in the 1940s, former UNT football coach Corky Nelson and Heather Hutyra, one of the standout soccer players from the mid 2000s.
Spencer was a no-brainer and was going to get in sooner or later
I have been plugging Hall for the Hall for the last few years, and wondered if UNT would go ahead and put him in.
There were people who said Hall shouldn’t have gone in on because he really wasn’t all that great.
Well, UNT has finally acknowledged that he was great.
Hall ranks fourth in school history in passing yards with 5,975, first in passing efficiency at 132.26 and third in touchdown passes with 50.
I’ve had people argue with me that it was UNT’s running game that made the Mean Green go in that era. That’s true, but what great player hasn’t had people around him that made him better? I’ve had people argue with me that Hall wouldn’t have been good enough to be a Hall of Fame player at another school. Maybe, but UNT isn’t Texas. Hall was great for the school and the era he played in.
Want another way to gauge Hall’s impact? Think about the players who have tried to fill his shoes since. No one has even come close, no matter how hyped they were, if you know what I mean.
I had absolutely nothing to do with it, but I’m happy to see UNT starting to warm up to the idea of acknowledging the teams and players from that era. UNT will wear throwback jerseys that include the shade of green UNT wore in the bowl years. Now the school has recognized the contributions of Hall and Spencer, not to mention Brandon Kennedy.
Those teams have often been knocked for not winning nonconference games.
Good luck winning as a Sun Belt school at Texas, at Oklahoma, at Alabama, at Colorado and at home against Baylor (oh, wait. UNT did win that game).
Those guys didn’t have an athletic center at the start of that run or the Darrell R. Dickey Football Practice Facility or Apogee Stadium. What they did have was a bunch of really good players who are starting to be recognized as they should be.
Hall and Spencer were at the top of the list and are now on the list that they really deserved to be on — the list of UNT Hall of Famers.