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Thursday, May 27, 2010
Hall passes for Alvarez, Howard, Herrmann

By Adam Rittenberg

The 2010 College Football Hall of Fame inductees class includes a Heisman Trophy winner at Michigan, a record-setting quarterback at Purdue and the man who made Wisconsin football relevant again.

Not a bad showing for the Big Ten at all.

Michigan wide receiver Desmond Howard, Purdue quarterback Mark Herrmann and former Wisconsin head coach Barry Alvarez all earned their Hall passes Thursday in New York City. They will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Dec. 7.

There shouldn't be many gripes about these choices, as all three men are very deserving of admission to the Hall.

In case you forgot what they accomplished, here's a refresher:

BARRY ALVAREZ, head coach, Wisconsin, 1990-2005

DESMOND HOWARD, wide receiver, Michigan, 1989-91

MARK HERRMANN, quarterback, Purdue, 1977-80

Needless to say, three very deserving choices.

Alvarez got the word last week during Big Ten spring meetings. Officials from the National Football Foundation came to Chicago to tell him in person, and did so in a gathering of all the league's coaches and athletic directors. Several folks told me it was a pretty emotional moment for Alvarez, who left the hotel carrying a College Football Hall of Fame football under his arm.

Colleague Ivan Maisel has more on Alvarez's Hall of Fame moment, and here's a breakdown of all the new members of college football's elite club.