NCF Nation: Ray Childress

Two Big 12 players and a coach are among 14 inductees to the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2010.

Ray Childress spent two seasons dominating on the defensive line for the Texas A&M's defense in the mid-80s. He was a two-time All-American and two-time All-Southwest Conference selection after racking up 25 sacks and 241 tackles in his final two seasons.

His 360 career tackles and 25 sacks rank fifth all-time in school history, and Childress was drafted by the Houston Oilers with the third pick in the 1985 NFL Draft.

Alfred Williams helped the Buffaloes capture the 1990 national title and won the Butkus Award as college football's best linebacker. He also earned All-American honors in 1989 and 1990. He's the school's all-time leader in sacks, with 35.

Williams is the program's fifth Hall of Fame selection, and the school plans to honor him with a celebration surrounding the Sept. 18 home game, according to the Boulder Daily Camera.
"I'm speechless," Williams said. "I'm honored ... I've been nervous all day. I was supposed to be waiting for some kind of envelope, and I was sitting around the house waiting for it all day. I started to think it wasn`t going to come."

Williams had been on the list of nominees for the last three years. "I was beginning to think it wasn't going to happen," he said.

[...]At one point after being told of the honor, Williams teared up in the radio studio and briefly took a break from the show.

Gene Stallings might be best known for winning a national title at Alabama in 1992, and being a part of Bear Bryant's staff for championships in 1961 and 1964, but his first head coaching job came as a 29-year-old in College Station. He was also one of Bryant's "Junction Boys" at A&M before joining his staff at Alabama when his playing career was up.

In 1967, under Stallings' direction, the Aggies won the Southwest Conference title.

Posted by's Tim Griffin

Happy Friday. Here are some delecteable links that go especially well with Lenten lunches.

  • Columbia Daily Tribune beat writer Dave Matter writes that Dave Steckel should be named as Missouri's new defensive coordinator before the start of the Tigers' spring practice Tuesday.
  • Ohio coach and former Nebraska coach and player Frank Solich plans to return to Lincoln to watch practice and check out improvements in Nebraska's football facilities, the Lincoln Journal-Star's Steve Sipple reports. It would be Solich's first trip back to the program since he was fired as its coach after the 2003 season.
  • Legendary former Texas defensive back Bill "Super Bill" Bradley was obliging and appreciative after he was inducted into the statewide Texas Sports Hall of Fame earlier this week, San Antonio Express-News columnist David Flores writes. And Bryan-College Station Eagle columnist Robert Cessna notes that there were no Texas A&M alumni who were inducted in this year's Texas Sports Hall of Fame induction class.
  • Waco Tribune-Herald beat writer John Werner writes that former Waco High School standout running back Jarred Salubi of Baylor is ready to challenge for playing time after sitting out his redshirt season.
  • The Omaha World-Herald's Mitch Sherman provides a video breakdown of the Cornhuskers' running backs.
  • Pete Fiutak of analyzes all of the Big 12 teams heading into spring practice.
  • An online survey commissioned by the Houston Chronicle indicated that John David Crow was the greatest Texas A&M football player in history. Other players finishing in the top five, in order, included Dat Nguyen, Ray Childress, John Kimbrough and Jacob Green.