The College Football Hall of Fame announced its 2013 class on Tuesday, and after being inexplicably snubbed for years, Nebraska great Tommie Frazier is finally in. The college version of the hall of fame receives far less attention than its NFL counterpart, but people have been howling about Frazier for years, and his induction is long, long overdue.
With Frazier now in the hall, the conversation now turns to deciding who are the biggest snubs remaining on the outside looking in. However, the peculiar rules involved in deciding which players and coaches are even eligible for induction bear discussion first.
For a player to be eligible for the College Football Hall of Fame, he must:
- Be 10 years removed from his final college season, but no longer than 50 years
- Be voted a first team All American at least once
- Finish his professional career
- Be deemed a "good citizen," whatever that means
- Have a career winning percentage of .600 or higher
- Have been a college head coach for at least 10 seasons
- Be retired for at least three years, but can be eligible immediately if over the age of 70. Active coaches older than 75 are eligible.
- Again, be a "good citizen"
It makes perfect sense to have a hard and fast set of rules determining eligibility, but I would argue that these rules are overly restrictive and dismiss deserving candidates out of hand.